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Gillette Stadium in Foxboro is home to the New England Patriots of the NFL.

FOXBORO -- Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit dedicated to building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, will be the beneficiary of this year’s Finish at the 50 road races at Gillette Stadium, it was announced Thursday.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, in partnership with the Patriots Foundation, will donate $50,000 to the organization at the finish line of the July 3 races to support its project to build a home in the Merrimack Valley area. Additionally, Patriot Place will donate a portion from each race entry to support the nonprofit.

Registration for this year’s Finish at the 50 races is now open at

Since its inception in 2004, Homes For Our Troops has built more than 270 homes nationwide for injured military veterans and their families and has become a top-rated military charity by Charity Navigator, Charity Watch and Guidestar.

This year marks Harvard Pilgrim’s 50th anniversary and 10th year as the title sponsor of the Finish at the 50 road races and fireworks display at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium. The event will once again kick off Fourth of July festivities with a day full of free family-friendly activities leading up to the Kids Fun Run for children ages 2-12 (5 p.m.), the 5K (6:30 p.m.) and 10K (7:30 p.m.) races.

Both the 5K and 10K races end with fanfare as participants emerge onto the home turf of the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots from underneath the team’s inflatable helmet to the cheers of the crowd. Participants are shown on the stadium’s video boards and their names are called over the stadium’s PA system as they cross the 50-yard line and receive their commemorative medal.

The post-race fireworks show begins about 9:30 p.m. and can be seen with Gillette Stadium as the backdrop throughout Patriot Place’s North Marketplace and parking lots. Parking is free for the event.

Last year’s Finish at the 50 drew nearly 6,000 racers from 38 states and six countries.

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