On June 6, the first ever Old Sandwich Road Race will take place on, you guessed it, Old Sandwich Road in Plymouth, Mass—the oldest road in America. Volunteers are needed in all areas of this race, which includes a half marathon starting on Old Sandwich Road near Ellisville Harbor State Park, and a 10k starting at Plimouth Plantation. Both races will finish at Plymouth South High School.
“As a first year race with two starting locations, we need all the help we can get. That includes behind the scenes prior to the race and volunteers to help before, during and after the race,” said Craig Valentine Brenner, race director for the Old Sandwich Road Race. “So while it’s going to be a lot of work, it’s also going to be a lot of fun and the profits from the race are going to a very good cause, The Home for Little Wanderer’s Baird Center 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.
In addition the 10k and half marathon, the Old Sandwich Road Race will also include a Kids Classic. The Kids Classic features four one-mile kids’ races with age groups from 7 to 14 years of age and a children’s fun sprint of 100 meters. The Kids Classic will take place on the track at Plymouth South High School.
“We have a strong board of volunteers who have taken the Race this far but with essentially three starting locations and a large finish line area, not to mention pre-race registration, water stops along the way and all the other jobs that go into a race, we need some help,” said Brenner. “Anybody who wants to be a part of a fun, one-of-a-kind, historic road race that will benefit the people and businesses of America’s hometown of Plymouth are welcome.”
Those interested in volunteering can do so online by going to http://www.oldsandwichroadrace.com/volunteer.php. For companies interested in sponsoring the Old Sandwich Road Race, the minimum sponsorship is $250. Current sponsors include: Entergy, Retrofit Technologies, Bayside Runner, King Collision Centers and the Village Racquet & Fitness Club at the Pinehills.
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.
For information about the race and registration, please visit http://www.oldsandwichroadrace.com.