The Hall of Fame’s newest hit is embarking on an extended “run” in Cooperstown, and this year, the popular BASE Race is returning to Memorial Day Weekend, as part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend festivities.The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the seventh annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run and competitive 10k events — on Saturday, May 26 – starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field and featuring courses that wind through scenic Cooperstown and along the warning track of the historic ballpark. The race events benefit the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.Fans are encouraged to support their favorite major league team as part of the 2018 BASE Race, as selected former major league players will be a part of the race activities, as the lead-off event to a full day of programming for the Hall of Fame Classic on May 26. Registration for the 2018 BASE Race is $25 and $55 for families. Each registered runner will receive a participation medal (for the first 300 runners to register), goodie bag, a free general admission ticket to the Hall of Fame Classic valid on May 26. On race day, registration will be open until 8:30am and $30 for individuals/$65 for families. Additional details are available by calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at 607-547-0329.Proceeds from the BASE Race support outreach for BASE, the Hall of Fame’s newest educational initiative which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. Complete information of the BASE program is available through a comprehensive white paper, featuring detailed data on the use of performance-enhancing substances and the fundraising objectives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, online.The BASE Race will be part of a new Hall of Fame Classic Weekend lineup as the Museum celebrates the longstanding link between baseball and the military during Memorial Day Weekend. Six Hall of Fame legends will be joined by a roster of more than three dozen former major league players for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 26 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field. The 2018 Hall of Fame Classic is presented by Ford Motor Company. Bats from the Cooperstown Bat Company will be awarded for the overall male and female for both the 5K and 10K race as well as for the top three male and female participants in the following age groups: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will salute the start of the 2018 summer season with this Cooperstown tradition. Hall of Fame Classic Weekend! The Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, is a seven-inning legends game featuring Hall of Famers and former major leaguers. The Classic, now in its ninth year, fueled by assistance from MLB, features the pre-game Home Run Contest at 12 p.m. and the first pitch of the Classic is slated for 1:05 p.m. Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith return as team captains and managers. They will be joined by other Hall of Famers who will serve as coaches for the teams. The full rosters of Classic players are on our website.