Harvard Pilgrim 10K To Feature Expanded Kid’s Race

Photo: Running USA

Photo: Running USA

The event takes place over two days.

From: Running USA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Organizers of the July 4 Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place have announced that a fun-filled family day and scavenger hunt for kids has been added to the extensive list of activities over the three-day race event.

Registration for the Monday, July 4 6.2 mile road race as well as the schedule of events for the 2011 Patriot Place Kid’s Race on Sunday, July 3 is available at www.harvardpilgrim10k.com. Below is a more a detailed list of activities:

Saturday / Sunday, July 2-3

* The 2011 Patriot Place Kid’s Race is a two-day event featuring musical entertainment, health and fitness vendors, face painters, a balloonist and a kids’ tattooist. The festivities begin Saturday and run through Monday.

* On Sunday, July 3, a Scavenger Hunt will be held at 2:00pm for kids and families at Patriot Place, with prizes to include Patriot Place gift cards and Patriots merchandise.

* Legendary four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers will attend the events on Sunday, July 3 from 3:00 to 5:00pm and be on hand to greet families coming for the Kid’s Race. Rodgers is also running the Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place on Monday, July 4.

* Participants in the 10K can pick up their runner’s packet and t-shirts at Patriot Place on Sunday, July 3.

* The 2011 Patriot Place Kid’s Race, where children under 12 will run inside Gillette Stadium while parents watch from the stands, will take place from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Sunday, July 3. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants of both the kid’s race and the Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place are encouraged to register in advance at www.harvardpilgrim10k.com. Families who register as teams will earn prizes for those who sign up the most members. Proceeds from the event will benefit seven charities this year.

Monday, July 4

* The Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place begins at 9:00am, loops through historic Foxborough and ends inside Gillette Stadium. Runners will pass under a large inflatable football helmet and finish at the 50-yard line, where they can see themselves on the stadium’s two giant, HDTV video screens. Last year more than 3,500 runners crossed the finish line.

* The inspirational Team Hoyt with father, Dick Hoyt, and his son, Rick, will participate in the race. The Hoyts, with Dick pushing Rick, confined to a wheelchair since birth, have competed together in more than 1,000 athletic endurance events across the country since 1978 and strive to help those who are physically disabled become active members of the community.

* The event concludes with a post-race celebration at Patriot Place, the region’s top shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

“The course is great,” said Dave McGillivray, who is also the race director of the Boston Marathon. “It’s flat, picturesque, historic and finishes in a major football stadium – who could ask for more?”

Registration and additional information is available by visiting www.harvardpilgrim10k.com. Find race updates and information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/harvardpilgrim10k.

The charities that will benefit from the race proceeds include Camp Harbor View of the Boston Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston; the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program; Massachusetts General Hospital; Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Special Olympics Massachusetts; Rebuilding Together Boston; Employ + Ability and Prevent Blindness America.

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