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FORT WORTH, Texas (December 12, 2016) – It won’t be cars speeding around Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval this Saturday, but instead more than an anticipated 1,500 runners of all ages from across North Texas competing in the Speedway Candy Cane Classic Holiday 5k and Reindeer Dash. 

The run, benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter and The Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Live & Fitness), will get participants ready for the holiday season with a variety of Christmas elements. 

The course for the 5k includes a lap around Texas Motor Speedway and a trip through a portion of the speedway’s festive Gift of Lights holiday display along the concourse. The Reindeer Dash is a short run down pit lane and designed for youngsters to participate in the event. 

At the conclusion of the run, participants can relax from the comfort of their own car and enjoy the holiday classic “The Santa Clause” on the world’s largest TV in “Big Hoss.” 

Spots are still available for the 5k and Reindeer Dash by registering at www.cowtownmarathon.org/speedway-candy-cane-classic/. Registration also is available the day of the event and will be in the Cup garage located in the speedway infield beginning at 3 p.m. For those already registered, packets can be picked up in the garage beginning at 3 p.m. as well. 

The Reindeer Dash entry fee is $20 for all runners. Entry fee for holiday 5k is $20 for kids 17 and under and $30 for adults. The registration includes a gray Speedway Candy Cane Classic Holiday 5k and Reindeer Dash long-sleeved shirt.  

The day begins with the Reindeer Dash at 4 p.m. on pit lane. The Speedway Candy Cane Classic Holiday 5k will follow the dash on the start/finish line, beginning at 4:45 p.m. 

To encourage runners to get in the holiday spirit, organizers are offering prizes to the three best-dressed runners sporting their most festive holiday attire. 

The holiday fun culminates with the showing of the Walt-Disney holiday classic “The Santa Clause,” featuring Tim Allen, at 6:15 p.m. The movie is included in the entry fee, but also is open to the general public. Fans not participating in the run can enjoy the holiday classic for $20 per carload. Moviegoers will enter through the South Tunnel and watch the film from a spot in the Texas Motor Speedway 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. 

For more information on the Speedway Candy Cane Classic Holiday 5k and Reindeer Dash, please visit www.cowtownmarathon.org/speedway-candy-cane-classic/ or www.scctexas.org.  

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

About the author

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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