New in Foxborough, Massachusetts—Harvard Pilgrim Independence Day 10K at Patriot Place

This is a 10K like no other! Runners will enjoy beautiful Foxborough, Mass. and the wonderful amenities at Patriot Place, New England's most exciting shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Picture yourself, like an NFL player, bursting through a blow-up football helmet onto the turf of Gillette Stadium and sprinting down the field toward the end zone, arms raised in triumph. It may sound like a dream, but it will be a reality for thousands of participants in the Independence 10K at Patriot Place. The race, starting and finishing at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts, takes place on the Fourth of July 2010.

The Harvard Pilgrim Independence Day 10K at Patriot Place will be a must-run race in New England. The course is outstanding: fast, flat, scenic, quiet and traffic free. The finish line, on the Gillette Stadium field, is one of the most unique in road racing. The host venue, Patriot Place, is ideal for a celebration of America's birthday and of running as a main stream sport. Up to 10,000 participants and many more thousands of spectators are expected for the celebration, so runners are encouraged to register early.

The race features a 9:00 a.m. start time and there is a walking division. It will step off in waves, minutes apart, with start line and finish line mats to provide accurate net times. The latest innovation in computerized timing, the D-Tag, will insure accuracy and speedy results— even for a throng of 10,000.

Terrific Loop Course
This course is simply super, featuring tree-lined roads, quiet neighborhoods and the shores of the Neponset Reservoir. The intriguing route runs on a clockwise loop through the center of Foxborough, past the town green and Memorial Hall.

The start is adjacent to Gillette Stadium. Runners will depart Patriot Place grounds via a private exit onto Foxborough's quiet and flat country roads. The early course borders the historic Neponset Reservoir, a 374-acre body of water, and rolls into the center of Foxborough before looping back toward Patriot Place. Runners will retrace their first mile back to Gillette Stadium and push toward an unbelievably exciting finish. As they turn into majestic Gillette Stadium, they will run through the inflatable helmet and see themselves on the stadium's Provision screen as they race along the field to the goal line, with a victory dance prepared.

Much of the course in Foxborough appears undisturbed since the American Revolution, contrasting powerfully with the convenience, size and modern amenities of Patriot Place, an ideal location for the post race party and celebration.

Patriot Place
Patriot Place, located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, features 1.3 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including large and boutique retailers, 15 casual to high end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England's first Bass Pro Shops outdoor superstore, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place and the 32-acre Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog. With a four-star hotel just steps from the starting line and a wide variety of restaurants and attractions, Patriot Place is an ideal location for a top-notch road race. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com.

Much More to Come
In the coming weeks and months, race organizers will provide additional details on the wave start, teams, special charity waves/runners, post race entertainment options, Patriot Place discounts, celebrities attending, and much more.

Don't Miss the Inaugural Harvard Pilgrim Independence Day 10K at Patriot Place
Join a few thousand friends for this event, a must-run on July 4, 2010. It's a great opportunity to get away for an outstanding road race experience in historic Foxborough and at beautiful Patriot Place. Runners of all ages and all paces will have a great time enjoying the stadium finish and outstanding post race celebrations at Patriot Place—music, food and fun. Check the Race Website for more details at www.patriotplacerace.com or e-mail inquiries to info@patriotplacerace.com.

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