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JOLIET, Ill. (November 7, 2017) – Chicagoland Speedway will soon be flooded with visions of Saint Nick as the Joliet Township Alumni Association Santa Fun Run 5k takes over the Magnificent Mile and a Half on Saturday, December 2 for a festive fundraiser benefiting Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.), Chicagoland Speedway’s 501(c)3 charitable entity. Participants will wear five-piece Santa suits and/or event t-shirts while running through usually restricted access areas across the speedway.
Santa Fun Run
The event is hosted as a fun run 5k or leisurely 1 mile stroll with participants of all ages and ability levels welcome including families, strollers and wheelchairs. No timing or scoring will take place as the event will be held in the spirit of holiday cheer.
The course begins and ends within Chicagoland Speedway’s 1.5 mile D-shaped tri-oval. Registration fees, which include the Santa suit (while supplies last) and entrance to Santa’s Celebration post-race, are $30 for adults, $20 for students with school ID and $10 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. Participants must register by November 30 to receive an event t-shirt.
Registration for the Santa Fun Run is available now and can be completed online at ChicagolandSpeedway.com/Santa. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Palya at PR@chicagolandspeedway.com.
On the day of the event, the Santa suit in its entirety including hat, beard, jacket, pants and belt, or the event t-shirt, can be worn. To ensure that participants arrive adorned as Kris Kringle, Santa suit and t-shirt pick up will be held at the Alumni Relations Office in the Joliet Township High School (JTHS) Administrative Center, located at 300 Caterpillar Drive in Joliet, prior to the event. Santa suit and t-shirt pick-up dates are as follows:
Saturday, November 18 10 a.m. – noon
Sunday, November 19 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29 7:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, November 30 7:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pictures with Santa in Gatorade Victory Lane
Not a runner? Not a problem. Families can still join Santa Claus for pictures in Gatorade Victory Lane from 10 a.m. to noon and participate in a variety of holiday activities including a craft presented by the Joliet Area Historical Museum for only $10 per person (children 12 and under free). All attendees will be provided a ticket for December Deals & Delights raffle at the Joliet Area Historical Museum taking place that day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition, R.A.C.E. will host a Toys for Tots Foundation drive in an effort to collect toys for those that are less fortunate in the community. Fans who are able are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for donation which will be distributed by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve as Christmas gifts.
Proceeds Santa Celebration will benefit R.A.C.E. as well as the JTHS Alumni Association. Since its inception, R.A.C.E. has donated over $200,000 to deserving community organizations and with an aim at improving the quality of life for the greater Chicagoland area while focusing on causes centered on youth, safe driving and the military.
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will take place on Sept. 17 as part of the four-race weekend Sept.14-17. The weekend will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 14 with the ARCA Racing Series followed by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series TheHouse.com 225 under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 16, the NASCAR XFINITY Series TheHouse.com 300 will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series showdown, the first race in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
The complete 2017 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Weekend
Thursday, June 28 ARCA Racing Series
Friday, June 29 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Saturday, June 30 NASCAR XFINITY Series
Sunday, July 1 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway
Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill. The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities. ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.
Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway
Denny Hartwig: (815) 722-4180
Sarah Palya: (815) 722-4166