I love unique marathons and I love inaugural marathons. This new marathon ticks both of those boxes and is one that should be pretty incredible.
Run the Fenway Park Marathon
Link: Fenway Park Marathon
- Date: September 15, 2017
- Time: 5PM
- Place: Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox stadium)
- Cap: 50 runners
- Cost: see below
- Application link
This should be an interesting marathon! Not only would it be the first marathon held inside of a major league stadium, but it is also being directed by David McGillivray who is the Boston Marathon director. Inaugural marathons, especially something similar to this, can be hard to pull off with the finesse of a veteran marathon. But with someone like David at the helm, I would expect it to go very well.
Of course, there only needs to be a single aid station since runners will pass it every 375 meters (almost 1/4 of a mile). Having done a few lap races before, I can tell you that is actually really nice since they can keep it well stocked and it is never a surprise when the station pops up!
Now, to the cost. This is a first-come basis until the 50 applicants have been accepted. The application page is still open so that would mean the cap has not been filled yet. This is most likely due to the fact that all runners have to raise $5,000 for the Red Sox Foundation. If the minimum amount of $5,000 is not raised by September 10, the difference between what you have raised and $5,000 will be charged to your credit card. So, it is not something to just sign-up for. It would be smart to make sure you are able to raise that much money.
There is a $200 deposit to be made and once $5,200 has been raised, you will receive the $200 deposit back. Here is the fundraising schedule:
Am I Running It?
I tell you, the moment I heard about this, I wanted to do it. The dates would work for me and it would be a fantastic event. And I am saying this as a lifelong Yankees fan! My brother is a Red Sox fan and I told him I would love to run this and make him proud. 🙂 I mean, if a die-hard Yankee fan is willing to run the Fenway Park Marathon… 🙂
Actually, if I thought I could lock up the $5,000 fundraising, I would sign-up. If you think you can do it, you should sign-up – it should be an incredible event!
If you enter, let me know in the comments with the information for your fundraising page and I will post it to help you get your fundraising amounts!
HT: Runners World