Runners who register at www.springtraining10K.com also can purchase reduced-price tickets to Cards–Marlins game that afternoon
JUPITER, Florida — Runners who register online for the Spring Training Classic 10K set for Sunday, March 6, in Jupiter, Florida, also can purchase reduced-price tickets to the spring training game between the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals later that day, race organizers announced Thursday.
Online registration is now open for the second annual Spring Training Classic 10K (www.springtraining10k.com), which begins and ends at Roger Dean Stadium, spring training home of the Marlins and Cardinals.
The 6.2-mile race begins at 7:30 a.m. adjacent to the stadium and winds through the streets of seven different Abacoa neighborhoods before taking runners on a victory lap around the outfield and ending at home plate. A course map and description of the route, plus a link to online registration, can be found on the race’s website at www.springtraining10k.com.
Also, a Cops ‘n Kids Fun Run will take place at the stadium at 6 p.m. the day before the 10K race (March 5), in addition to a Health Expo from 4-8 p.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Cardinals/Marlins Fund and the DMSE Children’s Foundation.
Runners who register for the race online will have the opportunity to purchase either one or two tickets to the ballgame on race day at $10 per ticket, while supplies last. The race entry fee is $30 in advance online and $35 at the Expo on Saturday and Sunday. Race organizers are including the special game-day package to support runners who want to stay for the game.
“This is kind of a neat opportunity for runners to take part in the race in the morning, finishing at home plate inside the stadium, and then stick around to relax and enjoy the ballgame. Now that sounds like a good day,” said Race Director Dave McGillivray, who also directs the BAA Boston Marathon, TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine and a number other road race events.
Sponsors of the Spring Training 10K, which was held for the first time last spring, include the Florida Marlins, the St. Louis Cardinals, Roger Dean Stadium, DMSE Sports, Inc. (www.dmsesports.com) and GoRun.org (www.gorun.org).
The Cardinals/Marlins Fund supports the development of programs for disadvantaged youth in South Florida. In affiliation with Community Foundations of Palm Beach and Martin counties, the Cardinals/Marlins Fund has contributed more than $173,000 to area youth groups since its inception in 1988, including Boynton Beach Police Athletic League, Children's Golf Foundation, Junior Achievement, Jupiter/Tequesta Athletic Association, Palm Beach Police Athletic League and Urban Youth Impact. The Cardinals/ Marlins Fund will be hosting a silent auction during the game in the concourse. For more information, visit www.RogerDeanStadium.com/community/fund.
The race will also benefit a new program for public school students provided by the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation, founded in 2003 by Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray. Running in Places (RIP) combines the benefits of physical activity with visits to educational destinations such as college campuses, museums, sports facilities and national parks. The DMSE Foundation covers the costs of student transportation, lunch and admission fees for all RIP events. For more information on RIP, contact the DMSE Foundation at 978-689-0957 or visit online at www.dmsefoundation.org.
Founded by McGillivray in 1981, DMSE Sports, Inc. is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. McGillivray has produced or consulted on more than 900 mass-participatory athletic events throughout the world, including 23 Boston Marathons; the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine; the 2004 and 2008 USA Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the 1990 Triathlon World Championship, the 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. For more info, visit www.dmsesports.com.