FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The countdown to the 10th annual Finish at the 50 has officially begun. In just three weeks from today, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Patriot Place will kick off Fourth of July celebrations early with a photo opportunity with the New England Patriots' Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy on Tuesday, July 2, and a 5K, 10K and Fireworks Spectacular at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, July 3.
Patriot Place today announced more details for activities and vendors that will highlight the patriotic festivities at the home of the six-time Super Bowl champion Patriots. The fun begins on Tuesday, July 2, with an exclusive photo opportunity for race participants with the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy. Registered participants who visit Patriot Place to pick up their race bib on July 2 will be able to have their photo taken with the Lombardi Trophy on the Gillette Stadium field from 3-6:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m., on the Patriot Place Plaza, there will be free frozen yogurt samples from Menchie's, music from a live DJ, lawn games, face painting and appearances by Uncle Sam and Revolution Patriot stilt walkers. At 7 p.m., Patriot Place will kick off its annual Summer Flicks Outdoor Movie Series with a free showing of Captain America. These activities around Patriot Place are free and open to the public.
On race day, July 3, Patriot Place will host live music performances by Devri, World Premier Band and Massive Groove on the main stage located outside of Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ beginning at 2 p.m. Other activities throughout the property include balloon twisting by Dan's Balloons, a caricature artist and oversized games like JENGA. There will also be appearances by the New England Revolution Street Team, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Pat Patriot and the End Zone Militia.
New to the Finish at the 50 this year is premier footwear company, ASICS, which will set up on the plaza and gift complimentary running sneakers to the top three finishers in the men's and women's races; a painting experience by Muse and more.
Registration for the three race options: a Kids Fun Run (5 p.m. start), the 5K (6:30 p.m. start) and 10K (7:30 p.m. start) can be found at www.finishatthe50.com.
RUN FOR A CAUSE
This year marks Harvard Pilgrim's 50th anniversary and 10th year as the title sponsor of the Finish at the 50. As part of the milestone, Harvard Pilgrim, the New England Patriots Foundation and Patriot Place have teamed up to support Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, as the beneficiary of this year's races.
Harvard Pilgrim and the Patriots Foundation will present Homes For Our Troops with a $50,000 donation at the finish line inside Gillette Stadium on July 3 to help build a specially adapted custom home for a military veteran in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts. Additionally, Patriot Place will donate a portion of the proceeds from each race entry toward the project.
RACES *The *Kids Fun Run gives children ages 2-12 a chance to run a lap inside Gillette Stadium before finishing at the 50-yard line. Each participant will receive their choice of a Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 superhero cape to wear or official race t-shirt. The 5K race is run completely on the Patriot Place campus and the 10K race includes both Patriot Place and Foxborough roads.
Both the 5K and 10K races end with fanfare as participants emerge onto the stadium turf from underneath the Patriots' inflatable helmet to the cheers of the crowd as they charge toward the finish line. Participants are shown on the stadium's video boards and their names are called over the stadium's PA system as they cross the 50-yard line. Participants of both races will receive an official race t-shirt and a commemorative medal.
*FIREWORKS *Following the conclusion of the 10K race, the annual fireworks show will cap the Finish at the 50 festivities in spectacular fashion with a 20-minute display beginning approximately at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks can be seen with Gillette Stadium as the backdrop throughout Patriot Place's North Marketplace and parking lots. Parking is free for the event.
*ABOUT PATRIOT PLACE *Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 17 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England's first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the award-winning Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon, the retro-style bowling alley, Splitsville Luxury Lanes with Howl at the Moon and Topgolf Swing Suite entertainment, the modern gastro sports pub, CBS Sporting Club, the four-star Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn Foxborough/Patriot Place. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com, follow Patriot Place on Twitter (twitter.com/patriotplace) or like Patriot Place on Facebook (facebook.com/patriotplace).