FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 – 5K & 10K at Patriot Place announced today it has partnered with the Kraft Center for Community Health to be the race beneficiary of the popular three-day event that celebrates its commitment to improving the health of our communities.
“This partnership is a natural fit for Finish at the 50, as the event annually celebrates two staples of the Kraft Center for Community Health’s mission - health and community,” said Patriot Place General Manager Brian Earley. “With a shared commitment to improving health in our communities, we believe this year’s Finish at the 50 celebration will be even more rewarding for participants and organizers alike.”
A portion of the proceeds from each race entry will be donated to the Kraft Center for Community Health to assist in improving access to high-quality health care in our communities.
“We are so grateful to be included in this exciting event,” said Kraft Center Executive Director Derri Shtasel. “Supporting The Kraft Center is an opportunity to give back — to help make community-based health care available to everyone, and to support the strength of communities as they take on tough health challenges.”
Now in its fifth year as Finish at the 50’s title sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has positively impacted race participants, its members and the general public through its mission to improve the quality and value of health care in the communities it serves.
“As a health plan committed to the wellness of all our residents, we are delighted to sponsor the Finish at the 50,” said Eric H. Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “When it comes to encouraging people to be active and healthy, ‘Count us in’!”
Finish at the 50, scheduled for July 1-3, is a three-day celebration of health, wellness and community. The races provide great experiences for runners of every age and skill, including the Kid’s Fun Run, which allows children ages 2-12 to run a lap and end on the 50-yard line of the Gillette Stadium field.
The 5K is run completely on the Patriot Place campus while the 10K includes both Patriot Place and Foxborough roads. Both the 5K and 10K races end in thrilling fashion as participants emerge from under the Patriots’ inflatable helmet onto the stadium field to the cheers of thousands of fans as they charge the finish at the 50-yard line.
In addition to the July 3 races, the three-day event includes free family-fun activities around Patriot Place like the Health & Fitness Expo, bounce houses, touch-a-truck, live music and face painting. Registered runners can also enjoy free menu items from participating Patriot Place restaurants.
The event concludes on July 3 with a post-race celebration highlighted by a fireworks spectacular.
Online registration for the races, including the Kid’s Fun Run, is now available at www.harvardpilgrimfinishatthe50.com.
About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than one million members in New England. Founded in 1969, the health plan has built its reputation on pragmatic innovation with a goal of lowering costs, improving care and enhancing the overall member experience. Harvard Pilgrim is known for its excellent clinical programs, customer service, health improvement strategies and innovative tools that offer consumers greater transparency and empower them to make better decisions about their health care.
Harvard Pilgrim is the #1 private health plan in America again according to an annual ranking of the nation’s best health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Harvard Pilgrim is the only private health plan in the nation to be named #1 for member satisfaction and quality of care for ten consecutive years.*
* NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011-14, HMO/POS. NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-11 – Private. U.S.News/NCQA America’s Best Health Insurance Plans 2005-2009 (annual). America’s Best Health Insurance Plans is a trademark of U.S News & World Report. NCQA The State of Health Care Quality 2004. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Harvard Pilgrim’s New Hampshire affiliate, is the top-ranked private health plan in New Hampshire and the 9th highest-ranked private health plan in America.
About Patriot Place
Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. 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 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and the four-star Renaissance Hotel & Spa at 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).
About Kraft Center for Community Health
The Kraft Center for Community Health is a new initiative dedicated to expanding access to high quality health care for low income populations by empowering a new generation of leaders in community health. Established in 2011 by a generous gift from the Kraft family to Partners HealthCare, the Kraft Center programs are designed to assist community health centers in recruiting and retaining high performing physicians and nurse practitioners to care for their patients. The Kraft Center currently works with 21 community health centers throughout Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.kraftcommunityhealth.org, follow the Kraft Center on Twitter (twitter.com/KraftCommHealth), or like the Kraft Center on Facebook (facebook.com/KraftCommunityHealth).