Nearly 900 people participated in Speed for Children in Need presented by WSOC-TV and TV64 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Dec. 10. The inaugural event, which benefited the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) and the Hendrick Marrow Program, included a 5K, a track walk and a kid’s dash.

“We were thrilled at the turnout for our Speed for Children in Need event,” said Emily Hudgens, director of the Charlotte Chapter of SCC. “It was great to see so many people come out to support Charlotte-area children in need. I would like to thank all of the volunteers and participants who helped make this event such a huge success.”

Providing assistance for Speed for Children in Need was Run for Your Life, the coordinating company for the 5K, as well as the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and champion sponsor Sonic Automotive.

The 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, around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway and ended at the track’s start/finish line.

Due to the overwhelming support that the event received, SCC and the Hendrick Marrow Program have announced that they will hold the second annual Speed for Children in Need on Dec. 8, 2012.

For a photo gallery with pictures from the inaugural Speed for Children in Need, visit http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/multimedia/photo/.

For more information on how you can donate to SCC or volunteer, visit http://www.speedwaycharities.org/.