In less than a month, pajama-clad runners and walkers will converge upon Las Vegas Motor Speedway for an event unlike any other.

            The 1.5-mile speedway will host the eighth annual PJ 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk through Glittering Lights, a wildly popular fundraising event hosted by the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, on Sunday, Nov. 14. Participants are invited to run, walk or push strollers through the course in their favorite pajamas.

            After a year off due to Covid, this year’s event expects more than 2K participants to raise a considerable donation for local children in need. Registration is set for 3 p.m. Pacific Time, with the race starting at 4:30 p.m. Those who register early can pick up their entry packets at GameWorks at Town Square from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 12.

            Glittering Lights is Nevada’s largest drive-through Christmas light show and features more than five million LED lights and hundreds of sparkling light displays. Anyone who brings a new pair of children’s PJs to donate will have a chance to win two tickets to the 2022 South Point 400 at LVMS, which runs Oct. 14-16. Participants donated more than 350 pairs of pajamas in 2019.

            Entry fees range from $15-$35, and children age 5 and under can participate for free. Participants can register at speedwaycharities.org/lasvegas or by contacting Paulette Anderson at 702-917-6493 or panderson@lvms.com. Anyone interested in participating also may register on-site on the day of the event beginning at 3 p.m. for an extra $10.

            Everyone who signs up will receive a race bib, an event medal and cookies and milk, and awards will be given to the best overall female and best overall male. There will also be plenty of raffle prizes available, entertainment from local schools, area mascots and even Santa Claus himself.

            The SCC PJ 5K is sponsored by LVMS, Academica Nevada, Big Valley Towing, Carl’s Jr., Nostalgia Street Rods and Glittering Lights. Funds raised will help local children with social, medical, physical and financial needs, and all money raised by SCC stays in Southern Nevada.

            Founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., the mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is simple but important: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. Since its inception in 1999, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has granted more than $5 million to local children’s causes throughout Southern Nevada.

 Additional information on the charity can be found at the charity’s website speedwaycharities.org/lasvegas.