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Registration is now open for the 2018 Invitational.
On Thursday, August 16, join YES at the 5th Annual Martin Richard Memorial 1 Mile Invitational. The event will take place at Moakley Park (1005 Columbia Rd) in South Boston.
We encourage participation in the Martin Richard One Mile by runners who are blind or mobility challenged and by wheelchair racers.
Participants in these categories may enter the adaptive 400-meter race or any of the 1-mile races.
4:00 pm: Wheelchair racing clinic with Tatyana McFadden, U.S. Paralympian athlete
4:30 pm: Registration
5:30 pm: 400 Meter Run (Ages 8 and under) & 400 Meter Adaptive Run (All Ages)
6 pm: 1 Mile Races (Youth, Scholastic, Masters (Ages 40 & Over), Open & Wheelchair)
A 9:00 seed time or faster is required for entry into these 1 Mile Races, with the exception of the wheelchair race.
7:30 pm: 1 Mile Elite Races (Invite Only)
7:50 pm: Non-competitive 1 Mile Walk/Run/Roll
All 400 Meter finishers will receive a commemorative Martin Richard 1 Mile Memorial Ribbon. The top three (3) finishers in the Youth, Scholastic, Wheelchair, Masters, and Open 1 Mile Races will receive awards.
This invitational is in honor of Martin Richard, who started his running career with YES in 2009 at age 5. In his early days, Martin would chase his brother, Henry, and the older athletes on their runs, many of whom he would eventually catch up to and pass. But his fierce and unrivaled sense of competition does not tell the full picture of Martin’s character and drive. His understanding of fairness, inclusion, and teamwork were values that helped to identify Martin. The one mile that we run, walk, or shuttle through will celebrate Martin’s zest for life as a competitor, teammate, and vibrant young boy. All funds raised will support the MR8 Martin Richard Charitable Foundation and Youth Enrichment Services (YES).