Happy New Year from Speedway Children's Charities!
The 2009 NASCAR Race Weekend is right around the corner and Speedway Children's Charities is bringing back the Track Walk. The 2008 Track Walk was a big hit and this year's walk looks to be even bigger. Participants will walk a lap around the 1.5-mile superspeedway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway just hours before the Shelby 427 green flag drops.
The 2009 Track Walk will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 1. Walkers will start their lap at the start/finish line and experience firsthand the banking of the racing surface while leaving their footprints behind on the track that legends have raced on.
Track walks have been taking place at NASCAR tracks across the country for several years now, but this will be the second time a walk has taken place at LVMS. It's not unusual to see special guests participating in the Track Walk and we are working hard to confirm some of those surprise participants. The cost to participate in the Track Walk is $25 if you register by Feb. 23. Individuals can register online at www.scclasvegas.org or www.lvms.com.
Each walker will receive a t-shirt to commemorate their experience. There is no limit on the number of participants in the Track Walk and walkers of all ages are welcome. Anyone 16 and under can walk for free, but everyone must sign up to get a t-shirt. All participants, regardless of age, will need to check in at the Track Walk tent during race weekend to sign the participant waiver and pick up their shirt. More information on this will be available on either website. After Feb. 23, the registration fee goes up to $35, so sign up early! All of the funds raised from the Track Walk will stay in Las Vegas with the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.
In December, SCC handed out more than $290,000 to 57 local organizations at our annual Tree Lighting and Grant Distribution Ceremony. Chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them.
So get up a little early and head out to the track on Sunday, March 1 for the Speedway Children's Charities Track Walk. Why waste time sitting in traffic waiting to find a parking spot when you could be hanging out with hundreds of your closest NASCAR fans on the start/finish line at LVMS?!
Thanks and we'll see you at the Track Walk!
Janae Melvin Director Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities