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Five Kahne Returns to Uptown Charlotte Oct. 16

August 18, 2011

5K to benefit NC STEM, send students on field trips to NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2011) – The second annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” will take place on the streets of uptown Charlotte Sunday, Oct. 16, the morning after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne started the 5K charity run last year in hopes of building an annual event to generate funds for youth causes. Through a partnership with the NC STEM Community Collaborative, proceeds from the run will fund grants for educational field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“Last year’s Five Kahne was very successful, and we were so grateful to all the people and drivers who came out and supported the event,” said Shanon Adams, director of the Kasey Kahne Foundation. “The Five Kahne is a way for the community to pull together and help the Kasey Kahne Foundation and the NASCAR Hall of Fame generate awareness and support for underprivileged youth.”

Last year, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kahne and other notables from the NASCAR community ran alongside approx. 300 participates generating more than $12,000 for charity. The first field trip funded by this grant program took place in January. More than 100 seventh-grade students from C.C. Griffin, J.N. Fries and Mt. Pleasant Middle Schools in Cabarrus County were treated to a day of interactive learning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Kahne’s Crew Chief, Kenny Francis, and Engineer, Keith Rodden, spoke to the students about applying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the racing industry.

The run begins at Bank of America Stadium and concludes at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It includes a 5K run and a Kid’s Dash. Prizes will be awarded to winners, including a limited number of Samsung Galaxy Tabs, an Android tablet, provided by Sprint.

Online registration is open at http://runforyourlife.com/events or https://www.signmeup.com/77942. Registration begins at $10 for children and $20 for adults. Packages including admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame also are available. For volunteer opportunities and more information, visit www.kaseykahnefoundation.org or www.NASCARHall.com.

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About NASCAR Hall of Fame

Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is opened 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com.


About Kasey Kahne Foundation

The Kasey Kahne Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, was created by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne to raise and donate funds to charitable organizations that care for chronically ill children and their families. The foundation is dedicated to positive cultural changes by giving underprivileged boys and girls ample opportunities for success. Community involvement projects and volunteerism are valued as they have the chance to make a positive impact on a life. Visit www.kaseykahnefoundation.org/.


About NC STEM Community Collaborative

The NC STEM Community Collaborative ensures all students are college and career ready by engaging in rigorous and relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education that provides them with more choices in life and bolsters the economic strength of North Carolina’s communities.  Visit www.ncstem.org.


By networking communities, public groups and private resources to each other, NC STEM:

  • Makes existing efforts more effective by bringing government, private businesses, universities and others together;
  • Builds the capacity of local communities to provide and support successful 21st century teaching and learning;
  • Assists educators, government officials, economic developers and others to develop policies to advance STEM education throughout North Carolina.