THE METROWEST DAILY NEWS
More than 100 runners will circle the home turf of the New England Patriots for 26.2 miles this fall to raise money for homeless shelters throughout the region.
On Sept. 28, participants will run more than 100 laps on the warning track surrounding the turf, according to a press release from the Patriots. The course is USA Track & Field (USATF) certified and the only Boston Marathon qualifier run entirely in an NFL stadium.
The race begins at 5 p.m., giving runners a “Friday night lights” experience at Gillette Stadium.
“We are thrilled to be hosting our first marathon inside Gillette Stadium,” said Josh Kraft, president of the New England Patriots Foundation, in a statement. “This is a really unique opportunity for participants to run a USATF-certified course that covers 26.2 miles entirely inside the home of the Patriots and the Revolution and will help us to raise critical funds for the New England Patriots Foundation to benefit homeless shelter programs throughout the region.”
During the event, runners will be treated to live performances and music, appearances by Patriots alumni and cheerleaders, and other entertainment throughout the evening. The Optum Field Lounge will also serve as the water stop for the race.
Spots for the so-called Gillette Stadium Marathon are limited. Runner selections will be made until all spots are filled and accepted participants will be notified on a rolling basis. Participants will be required to raise a minimum of $5,000. The marathon application can be accessed at: https://www.gillettestadium.com/2018-gillette-stadium-marathon-application/.
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