Despite temperatures soaring near 90 degrees, with blazing sun and humidity, more than 2,500 runners and walkers from across 37 states braved the heat July 28 to participate in the ninth annual Run to Home Base. The 9K run and 5K run/walk raised more than $2.5 million for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program, which helps veterans, service members and their families heal from the invisible wounds of war.

This year’s Run to Home Base was dedicated to Families of the Fallen, including those who have lost a loved one to suicide. A pinning ceremony was held for families in attendance at the run, and the Boston Red Sox dedicated their on-field pre-game ceremony of that night’s game to more than 500 family members who have lost a loved one in the Armed Forces. Home Base also facilitated two shadows runs for units deployed overseas; at Camp Arifjan Kuwait, 151st Regional Support Group, Massachusetts National Guard and at Camp Bondsteel Kosovo, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard.

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