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Kasey Kahne Foundation "Five Kahne" 5K Returns to Uptown Charlotte Oct. 12

September 02, 2014

"Five Kahne" 5K to support Ronald McDonald House and student field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2014) - The Kasey Kahne Foundation and the NASCAR Hall of Fame are bringing the Fifth Annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” 5K presented by Great Clips back to the streets of Uptown Charlotte on Sunday, Oct. 12 with the run beginning at 10 a.m. The start and finish lines as well as the post-race festival will be at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Caldwell and Brevard streets. The "Five Kahne" has become one of the fastest growing running events in the Charlotte area in its five years boasting a very competitive field. Runners, fans, families and spectators are invited to join NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and other industry celebrities for this great event.

“We want the fifth annual 'Five Kahne' to be the largest and most successful 5K yet, but we cannot do it without the support of the fans and running community,” says Shanon Adams, executive director of the Kasey Kahne Foundation. “Whether you’re an avid runner, prefer to walk, choose to volunteer or simply cheer on the participants, we welcome you to be a part of this premier event in October as we culminate race weekend in Charlotte!”

Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, which provides comfortable accommodations for families of seriously ill children from across the Carolinas receiving medical treatment at local children’s hospitals, and Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which provides grants that fund educational field trips for students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. Since the program began, these funds have made it possible for more than 4,080 students to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame free of charge who otherwise would not have been able to have that experience.

“Through the proceeds of the 'Five Kahne' 5K each year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is able to make lasting impressions on thousands of students from across the state, who may one day be the future leaders in NASCAR and the Charlotte community,” says Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Providing interactive, hands-on learning opportunities for these students is incredibly rewarding.”

The Kasey Kahne Foundation is also pleased to announce a new partnership with Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital for the Kids Dash. It's free for children ages 7 and under, and each participant will receive an award for their efforts. Parents can sign up their children beginning at 8:15 a.m. on race day at registration. Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital will be on site in a special cheering section made up of children who have benefitted from the hospital’s programs. Kasey Kahne also plans to visit children at the hospital who cannot attend the 5K. Spectators are encouraged to stop by the Novant Health tent to pick up a special sign that children made for cheering on the runners. 

Also new this year, participants can personally fundraise. Those who raise $250 or more will earn on-stage recognition, a group photograph with Kasey Kahne and a commemorative jacket from Under Armour.  

Registration dates and fees can be found below: 

Registration Date


CHILD (K-12)

July 1 - Sept. 22



Sept. 23 - Oct. 11



Race Day



For more information on registration, personal fundraising and other pertinent race-day related information, please visit

Event day parking is available for $5 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame garage on Brevard Street by showing a race bib. Please note there will be no packet pickup from the NASCAR Hall of Fame prior to race day.

For news and updates, like Kasey Kahne Foundation on Facebook at and follow @KaseyKahneFndn on Twitter.

About the 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, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 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.

About the 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 also dedicated to supporting youth platforms, including educational programs. To follow news and updates, Like Kasey Kahne Foundation on Facebook: and follow @KaseyKahneFndn on Twitter or visit

About Great Clips, Inc.
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,500 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 35,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer service system and advanced technical skills. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And it’s more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit