Watkins Glen Varsity Boys' and Girls' Track Teams Warm Up The GLen Prior to Opening Weekend

WGI Hosts Fundraider Run for the Second Straight Year


The Watkins Glen boys' and girls' varisty track teams take the green flag on their second annual fundraiser run around WGI.


The official start to the 2011 season at legendary Watkins Glen International is still two days away with Opening Weekend scheduled for April 16-17, but the twists and turns of WGI got warmed up by more than the just the sun on the afternoon of Thursday, April 14.  Only it was not the stock cars of NASCAR, Daytona Prototypes of GRAND-AM, or the historic cars of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) that provided the heat but rather the feet of two local teams.  Over 40 members of the Watkins Glen Varsity Boys’ 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 were very proud to host this fundraising run in 2010 and are more than happy to welcome two of our local teams back to The Glen,” said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International.  “We take our role as a leader in the community very seriously and work to give back whenever possible whether it is through today’s run, our Read for Speed program at Watkins Glen Elementary, or selecting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as our charity for Opening Weekend.   I want to thank the boys and girls of the Watkins Glen Varsity track teams for taking a lap around our famed road course and making sure the track is in top form for the 2011 season.” 


The team members ran through some of the very same curves that Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Scott Pruett, Marcos Ambrose, and Juan Pablo Montoya 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 $2,200 through these efforts.  This was the second year that the team had used this method to fundraise and was also the second time Watkins Glen International has hosted this event. 


“Today’s run went really well and I think a lot of the kids were fast than last year,” said Kelsey Wood, head coast for the girls’ track team.  “They seem to really enjoy running the track and I think it’s something they will remember 10-20 years from now.  It’s all about racing up here so it is very appropriate for us to do this run at WGI.” 


“I really love running up here and wish we could have a cross country meet at the track sometime,” said Nick Sorenson, a junior on the boys’ team and top overall finisher for the second year in a row with a time of 19 minutes and 57 seconds.  “The challenge of the run was about the same as last year but the wind and cold were definitely a change.  My time was faster than last year so that was pretty cool.”


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 2011 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale NOW! Fans can order their tickets or get more information by calling the WGI ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.  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 closed on Sunday.  Keep up with the latest happenings at The Glen by going to the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational, and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.

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