More than 1,500 people gathered at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday, Dec. 8 for the second annual Speed for Children in Need 5K. The event benefited the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the Hendrick Marrow Program and Let Me Run.

The unique course for the 5K run/walk started at zMAX Dragway, took 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. The 5K ended at the track’s start/finish line, the same place where NASCAR stars take the checkered flag for the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500.

The top finishing male in the Speed for Children in Need 5K was Michael Creason, of Charlotte N.C., with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds. Sommer Baucom, also of Charlotte, was the highest finishing female, with a time of 20 minutes and 55 seconds.

Following the awards ceremony, all participants and their families were invited to stay and have some fun at the Christmas Village in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield.

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