It’s difficult to make history on America’s oldest road. The first ever Old Sandwich Road Race (OSRR), which took place mostly on America’s oldest road—Old Sandwich Road in Plymouth—did just that with more than 500 participants in the half marathon, 10k and kids races. The culmination of the success was the recent donation of race profits to The Home for Little Wanderer’s Baird Center School in Plymouth.
The Baird Center School is a year-round residential and day school treatment program for youth aged 10-18 with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, educational and psychiatric issues. Adding yet another historical element to the Old Sandwich Road Race, The Home for Little Wanderers is the nation’s oldest non-profit child and family service agency, with roots dating back to 1799.
Old Sandwich Road Race Director Craig Valentine Brenner presented $900 worth of Christmas gifts to residents and students at The Baird Center School. Josh Grant, director of The Baird Center School, accepted the gifts on behalf of the school.
“This was the real finish line for the first Old Sandwich Road Race,” said Brenner. “We achieved a lot of milestones in our first year, namely creating a destination race that drew 5o0 runners from all around the country to Plymouth. This first donation presentation is the icing on the year one cake.”
Added Grant, “The Home for Little Wanderers is delighted to accept this generous donation on behalf of The Baird Center School. We’re proud to be the benefactor of all the effort that went into putting on the first Old Sandwich Road Race. We wish them well as they prepare for the 2011 race.”
The 2011 Old Sandwich Road Race will take place over the course of two days, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. The Saturday race will feature the Kids Classic and a new addition to the Old Sandwich Road Race, the OSRR 5k. Sunday’s main events include the OSRR Half Marathon, which takes place on Old Sandwich Road, and the Entergy 10k, beginning at Plimouth Plantation. All races end at Plymouth South High School.
Besides the OSRR 5k, new additions include finishers medals for all who finish the OSRR half marathon, an exclusive pasta party and an after-race barbecue on Sunday after the half marathon and 10k.
Those interested in running the 2011 OSRR can sign up via www.oldsanwichroadrace.com. The first 1500 registrants will receive a shirt. This year’s race also has a referral lottery. If you are a registered runner and you refer a friend, who identifies your name in the fill-in field on the online registration form, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for $250 in running gear from Bayside Runner www.baysiderunner.com. The winner will be announced on race day.
Originally a trail used by the Wampanoag Native American tribe, Old Sandwich Road later became the nation’s first true public road and a stagecoach route to ferry passengers and mail back and forth between the Massachusetts towns of Plymouth and Sandwich. Today, the road remains pretty much as the Pilgrims left it–a wide, scenic, dirt road bordered by beautiful tall pine trees and towering oaks.
You can visit the Old Sandwich Road Race Web site at http://www.oldsandwichroadrace.com. Selected by Runner’s World, as “one of the five races not to miss in 2010”, The Old Sandwich Road Race also has pages on Facebook and Twitter. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring next year’s race, please contact Craig Valentine Brenner at 617-680-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.