March for Babies at Fenway Park FAQs

| Friday, May 1, 2015

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Boston, MA, May 01, 2015 —

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I park?

There are multiple garages and street parking all around the Fenway area.  Lots at 189 Ipswich Street and 73 Brookline Ave will be opening special for this event at 7:00 am and will only be charging $10.  Parking in these lots are available on a first come first serve basis. The closest T stop is on the Green Line and is the Kenmore Stop.

Where do I enter Fenway Park?

All participants should enter at Gate B at 9:00 am.  All participants will be required to go through a metal detector prior to entering the Park.  All bags will be checked by security as well.  For that reason, we urge you to travel lightly and limit the bags you bring to the event.

Are there any restrictions for bringing things inside Fenway?

The March of Dimes must adhere to the usual rules at Fenway Park -  all attendees will be required to walk through metal detectors upon entering the park and outside food and drink are not permitted.  No dogs will be allowed. Because it is a March of Dimes event we are of course expecting to see lots of baby bottles and strollers!

What is registration and do I need to go there?

If you have cash or checks that need to be turned in please go to the registration tables.  If you are not turning in money, you do not need to visit the registration area.  If you are unable to make it on May 9th please mail the checks to 112 Turnpike Rd. Suite 300 Westborough, MA 01581 or call your local March of Dimes contact at (508) 329-2800.

Will I get a T-shirt at the event?

Every individual who is registered and raises $200 or more is eligible for prize incentives.  Registered participants who raised $200 or more before April 29th will receive a March for Babies T-shirt in the mail.  All other incentives will be mailed after the event. Participants have until May 31st to fundraise and be eligible for incentives. Only registered individuals who fundraise are eligible for incentives.  Donors who have contributed $200 or more to an individual or team are not eligible for incentives. Incentives are awarded based on what the individual raises and not what the team has raised in total.  

Why is there no 3 mile walk this year?

As you may know we moved the event from the Hatch Shell this year because it will be under construction until summertime.  In a surprising late development the city of Boston did not let us walk outside the park due to public safety concerns.  Instead we have a number of exciting activities planned and are looking forward to coming together for the health of babies.

What if I want to walk?

If teams would still like to walk they are more than welcome to explore Boston and the Fenway area.  The March of Dimes will not be hosting any kind of organized group walking activity.

What is the kids walk?

At 9:45 a magic show will start in the family area.  Immediately following the show Wally the Green Monster will lead the kids around the concourse and end to cheering crowds in the bleachers, a short program and a group photo.

Will the Concession Stands be open?

Yes!  All of your Fenway favorites will be available to purchase during March for Babies.  Be sure to check out the new kids concessions too!

Did I hear Duck Boats?

Quack Quack! The Duck Boats will be loading near the entrance to March for Babies.  Hop on and enjoy a ride to Yawkey Way and Lansdowne St. on the same boats that our favorite sports champions have rode on for years.

 

On May 9, at historic Fenway Park, thousands of teams, families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies – honoring babies born healthy and those that need help to survive and thrive. This is the first time Boston’s March for Babies is being held at Fenway Park and promises to be one the most unique and exciting March for Babies events held in Boston.

 GATE B at Fenway Park will open at 9:00 a.m. and participants will be immersed in the day’s energy as they are greeted by lively music playing, concession stands open for coffee and traditional baseball fare and photographers on hand taking photos of the excited crowd.

After entering Fenway Park, March for Babies participants will gather on the brand new kids concourse to register, assemble teams and enjoy the numerous activity stations including: a Home Depot craft project, face painting, NICU Reunion, balloon artists, a magic show, corn hole, a stilt walker and more. In addition, World Series trophies will be on display.

The newly renovated kids concourse features a six-foot nine-inch-tall Wally bobblehead, a Red Sox Mickey Mouse statue and the Wally bench. Kids will also see how they measure up to current Red Sox players by standing near actual size images of current players and measuring their own footprints against those big leaguers’ footprints that will adorn the Kids Concourse walkways.

A fleet of Duck Boats, just like the ones that famously escort Boston’s champion teams, will escort participants around Fenway amid the cheers and laughter of the ongoing activities.

 These activities are open for all attendees through the duration of the March for Babies event.

 At 10 a.m. the excitement continues as Wally, the Boston Red Sox mascot arrive to lead the kid’s mini walk parade. Wally will lead the kids on a short route around the kids concourse, ending at a cheering audience sitting in the bleachers.

This year’s March for Babies is going to be one to remember!

 Funds raised by March for Babies in Massachusetts help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Support Programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

 The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than 450,000 babies each year and is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. This past November, the March of Dimes issued a Report Card on Premature Birth, giving the nation a “C” and Massachusetts the grade of “B.”  The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the health of babies.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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