First Race of 2010 Season at The Glen Features Foot Power and not HorsePower

WGI Hosts Fundraiser Run for Watkins Glen Varsity Boys' and Girls' Track Teams

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Members of the Watkins Glen Varsity Boys' and Girls' Track Team begin their run around the The Glen as a fundraiser for their upcoming season.

The official start to the 2010 season at legendary Watkins Glen International is still a month away but the first racing action started on the sunny afternoon of Wednesday, March 31.  Only instead of the sound of loud engines and squealing tires filling the air it was the pounding of rubber soles and cheers of encouragement that were heard around the Soul of American Road Racing.  Over 50 members of the Watkins Glen Varsity Boy’s and Girls’ Track Team took to the twists and turns of the 3.4-mile Grand Prix Course at The Glen to help raise money for their upcoming season. 

“We are always looking for new and unique ways to give back to our community so it was really a no-brainer to host this fundraiser when the coaches of the Watkins Glen track teams approached us,” said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International.  “WGI has supported the students of Watkins Glen Elementary School for years through our Read for Speed Program so we were thrilled to expand our involvement by hosting this event to help our local high school athletes.  I have no doubt they found challenging the turns and elevation changes of our historic road course to be a very rewarding and memorable experience.” 

The team members ran through some of the very same curves that Tony Stewart, Scott Dixon, Jeff Gordon, and Danica Patrick will navigate during the upcoming season at WGI.  While the top names in motorsports race for prize money and the glory of standing in Gatorade Victory Lane, these boys and girls were running to raise money to help purchase their team warm-ups, t-shirts, and any new equipment they might need this year.  Each runner was asked to approach their family, friends, and area businesses to sponsor them for the run and in the end the team raised almost $1,600 through these efforts.  This was the first year that the team had used this method to fundraise and was also the first time Watkins Glen International has hosted such a run. 

“I think most of the kids really enjoyed the run and had a lot of fun with it,” said Kelsey Wood, head coach of the girls’ team.  “I got the idea from the swim team as they do a lake swim each year to raise money.  I wanted to do something different and fun for our teams.”

“I was really excited about this run and thought it would be fun,” said Nick Sorenson, a sophomore on the boys’ team and top overall finisher with a time just over 20 minutes. “It was great and I would definitely like to do it again but the Esses were the toughest part.  That uphill climb was not fun to do.”

Fans that missed the chance to sponsor a Watkins Glen runner and would like to make a donation can send their payment to Watkins Glen High School, Attention Kelsey Wood – Girls’ Track Coach, 301 12th Street, Watkins Glen, NY, 14891.

Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now!  Fans can take advantage of advanced sale prices and new options by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.  Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.  The Shop is open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, and is closed Sunday.

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