Yesterday morning, in honor of Memorial Day, my admiration for our United States Service Men and Women, and my father I registered for the 2019 “Red Sox Run To Home Base” event. Here is more about the event from the events home page, www.runtohomebase.org:
“The 2019 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance supports our nation’s Veterans and Service Members and helps raise much needed funds for Home Base. Proceeds from the event will fund the clinical care provided to Veterans, Service Members and their Families. The Run is a unique fundraising event ending with the unforgettable experience of crossing home plate at historic Fenway. Join us on Saturday, July 27th! “
Race participants pay an entry fee (I paid $25) and then are invited to set up a fundraiser page. On this fundraiser page, you can customize your fundraising goal, add photos of fellow service men and women who you are running for, and write a personal message as to why you are running. The page can then be shared on your social media sites, blog pages, email contacts, and more. The goal for my age group is a minimum of $850 and I set a personal goal of $1500. Here is my fundraising page – The RIBBE Page
Today, I started my physical training for the event. I am running the 5K event, others are running/walking the 9K event. Mentally, I know I can finish. Physically, this is a slightly different story. I am roughly 2 months from the day of the race/event, July 27th and I need to build up my physical confidence to complete the 5K without too much trouble. I had my training partners, Rookie and Nora, lead the way this morning in my backyard.
A spirited walk/jog around the yard was a good first day and a positive experience. I need to start slow, be realistic, and build up my physical base before I can progress in my training. I plan on utilizing my yard, my neighborhood in North Kingstown, and the many, many baseball fields here in Rhode Island that I love and photograph each day. At the baseball fields, before or after my training session, I will be photographing all of the beautiful monuments and tributes to our current and fallen service heroes. And I will be highlighting the fields in my blogs, social media, and fundraising page. Monuments like this one here at Warren Little League.
Donate if you can. The fundraising page will be open until July 15th and I will be grateful if you decide to donate. And follow my training day journey each week as I get closer and closer to my goal of running this 5K event. To learn more about the “Red Sox Run to Home Base” go to http://www.runtohomebase.org. And once again, here is my fundraising page – The RIBBE Runs To Home Base