The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Cooperstown's Clark Sports Center are teaming up to bring a pair of road races - a family-style 5K fun run and a competitive 10K for racing enthusiasts - to Cooperstown on Saturday, August 11, 2012, to promote healthy and active lifestyles for individuals of all ages.
The debut event will serve as the foundation for the national launch weekend for the Hall of Fame's new education program, "Be A Superior Example." Known by its acronym as "BASE," the new Hall of Fame initiative will introduce the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to expand the outreach of the BASE program.
The inaugural BASE Race provides families, athletes of all skill level, and racing enthusiasts with the opportunity to participate in a challenging 10K through the rolling hills of the greater area, or a fun 5K that runs past the Hall of Fame. Both courses celebrate the pastoral beauty of
The BASE Race will also include an expo featuring on-site opportunities to learn more about healthy lifestyle choices. A full weekend of public programs, August 11-12, focused on the themes of BASE, will be announced soon, including Hall of Famer participation, panel discussions and additional active programs, geared toward today's young athletes.
"The BASE Race serves as the symbolic starting line for the Hall of Fame to introduce the components of BASE to a worldwide audience, with the local support of Cooperstown,
Both the 5K and 10K courses will start and conclude at the
BASE Weekend will feature the launch of a number of components for the Hall of Fame's BASE program, including the first major national registry to record individual commitments to live a life free of performance-enhancing substances. The registry will live online at baseballhall.org and will feature the incorporation of an interactive kiosk in the Museum in
Registration for the "PES-free" pledge will also begin August 11, as part of a national outreach to schools and youth athletic programs. Online educational tools will be available for access by individuals, teams, parents, coaches and families, with more in-depth programs available through the Museum's on-site and videoconference educational offerings.
"The BASE program promotes healthy choices, while educating students and adults about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances," said Idelson. "The introduction of this content to the Museum's award-winning educational curriculum is a natural integration into how we educate youth everyday about American culture, with topics ranging from history and character education to math and science, through the lens of baseball. BASE provides a powerful refrain and common foundation for students of all ages that performance-enhancing substances are dangerous, and the only way to live a healthy life is to do so free of these harmful substances."