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SCC, COWTOWN C.A.L.F. REV UP HOLIDAY SPIRITS

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 23, 2016) - Texas Motor Speedway will host one last race before closing the 2016 season with runners from across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex participating in the Speedway Candy Cane Classic Holiday 5k and Reindeer Dash on Saturday, Dec. 17.
 
The event, hosted by Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter and The Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children's Activities for Live & Fitness), features a holiday-themed run that incorporates Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval and the festive Gift of Lights display throughout the speedway's concourse. At the conclusion of the run, participants will be treated to the holiday classic "The Santa Clause" on the world's largest TV known as "Big Hoss."  

 
The day begins with the Reindeer Dash, a short run down pit lane that starts at 4 p.m. The Speedway Candy Cane Classic Holiday 5k beginning at 4:45 p.m. will follow the dash on the start/finish line.
 
Runners will be treated to complimentary hot chocolate, cookies and grilled cheese sandwiches. 
The Reindeer Dash entry fee is $20 for all runners. The holiday 5k is $20 for kids 17 and under and $30 for adults. The registration includes a long-sleeved Speedway Candy Cane Classic Holiday 5k and Reindeer Dash gray shirt.
 
To register in advance, please visit  http://cowtownmarathon.org/speedway-candy-cane-classic/. Runners also can sign up the day of the event beginning at 3 p.m. by visiting the registration tent that will be located in the NASCAR Cup garage in the speedway infield.
 
In an effort to get runners in the holiday spirit, organizers are offering prizes for the best festive holiday attire. Prizes will be awarded to the three best-dressed runners. 

 
The evening of holiday fun concludes with the showing of the holiday classic "The Santa Clause" at 6:15 p.m. The movie featuring Tim Allen is part of the participant entry fee, but also is open to the general public for $20 per carload. Moviegoers can enter through the South Tunnel and watch the film from a spot in Texas Motor Speedway's infield.
 
Proceeds from the Speedway Candy Cane Classic 5k and Reindeer Dash will provide educational, financial, social and medical need for youth in the area. 
About Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter: Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter has played a significant role in the lives of children in the four North Texas counties it serves - Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant. The organization has distributed more than $10.2 million in grants since its inception in 1997. To illustrate the organization's impact, you could fill the grandstands of Texas Motor Speedway 18 times with the number of children that have benefited from the charity's support. For more information on Speedway Children's Charities - Texas Chapter, visit www.scctexas.org
About The Cowtown: Established in 1979, The Cowtown is the largest multi-event in North Texas. The Cowtown emphasizes the importance of good physical fitness in the community by working with local schools and community centers. They teach proper running, training and nutrition to area youth in preparation for participating in The Cowtown, as well as a lifetime of fitness. In 2015, The Cowtown distributed monetary grants and running shoes to over 5,000 children through The Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children's Activities for Life & Fitness) Program.  The event is expecting 28,000 participants at the 39th running of The Cowtown February 25-26, 2017.  For more information regarding The Cowtown events and mission go to www.cowtownmarathon.org

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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