Speed for Children in Need 5K will be Saturday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Charlotte-area residents can give back this holiday season and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway by participating in the second Speed for Children in Need 5K on Saturday, according to a news release.

The 5K, sponsored by WSOC-TV, will benefit the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the Hendrick Marrow Program and Let Me Run as they continue their efforts to help local children in need.

“Speedway Children’s Charities is beyond excited to host the second annual Speed for Children In Need 5K at Charlotte Motor Speedway and is blessed to be able to partner with two great organizations,” said Lisa Starnes, director of the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. “In 2012, SCC grants benefitted more than 30,000 children locally. With Christmas quickly approaching, this is the perfect opportunity to cap off a great year of giving.”

The course for the 5K run/walk will start at zMAX Dragway, take participants past The Dirt Track at Charlotte, over the Highway 29 pedestrian bridge, through Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Gate 1 tunnel, down pit road and around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway, ending at the track’s start/finish line.

In addition to the 5K run/walk, there will also be a 1.5-mile track walk where race fans can step in the tire tracks of some of the biggest names in racing and experience the steep 24-degree banking. Also, children can participate in their own mini run/walk with the Kid’s Dash.

Check-in for the event will start at 1:30 p.m. The Speed for Children in Need 5K will start at 3 p.m. The track walk will be held at 3:45 p.m. with the Kid’s Dash starting at 3:50 p.m. Let Me Run participants will start the 5K at 2:30 p.m.

For those who register on the day of the event, the entry fees are $35 for the 5K, $25 for the track walk and $10 for the Kid’s Dash.

For more information on the Speed for Children in Need 5K or to register online, click here.