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More Than 2,500 Runners Representing 13 States
Posted by: newsla on Oct 27, 2012 - 06:14 AM
More Than 2,500 Runners Representing 13 States Readying For Saturday's 'No Limits' Half Marathon & 5k

More than 2,500 competitors representing 13 states, including as distant as California, are expected Saturday morning to converge on Texas Motor Speedway for the inaugural "No Limits" Half Marathon & 5k Benefitting Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter.


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The first-year charity event, organized and run by The Cowtown Marathon in a partnership with Texas Motor Speedway, will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT with the half marathon and follow at 7:40 a.m. with the 5k race. Both races will start on Allison Ave., which bisects the speedway's infield. Sign-up for the half marathon ($125) and 5k ($35) will still be available on race-day morning when registration opens at 6 a.m. in the infield's LiftMaster Garage.

The running event officially kicks off the "Going Green" festivities for the speedway's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader race week set for Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4.

The majority of runners will be competing in the 13.1-mile half marathon that will encompass a major portion of the venue's 1,500 acres as well as the speedway itself. The running route will take the competitors past and through various landmarks on the speedway property, including an Olympic-style final lap back into the stadium and on the actual speedway surface to the start/finish line.

Thirteen states will be represented in the field, with competitors traveling as far as California, Ohio, Illinois and Florida. Other states being represented are Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Individually, reigning Cowtown Marathon champion Kolin Styles, a 25-year-old from Weatherford, Texas, paces the half marathon field.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford, of Fort Worth, and two-time Olympic silver medalist Darvis "Doc" Patton, of Dallas, will serve as the Grand Marshals for the "No Limits" Half Marathon & 5k Benefitting SCC-Texas. Rutherford will wave the green flag to start the event as the field will be led by a pair of Texas Motor Speedway Chevrolet Camaro Official Pace Cars. Patton will wave the checkered flag on the winners as well as award the medals to the eight major category champions.

The category champions will be treated to a Victory Lane celebration just like the NASCAR and INDYCAR race winners. Each will receive a Charlie 1 Horse black felt cowboy hat - with their winner's medal and lanyard serving as a unique hat band - and get the opportunity to fire the six shooters in the speedway's Victory Lane.

The LiftMaster Garage will play host to a running expo from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. that will feature 19 display booths. Those on hand will be AdvoCare; Thirty One Gifts; Texas Motor Speedway; Pinnacle Performance Eyewear; FRS; Powerade/Dasani; World of Wellness; Real Ale; Core Power; Skechers; Fit Worth; Jingle Bell Run; Scentsy; Playtri; My Sleev; Cheer Station Supplies; Children's Area; Dannon Yogurt; and "Busch-Whacked" Mud Run.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop, located in the infield near the starting line on Allison Ave., will be open for business as well during the hours of the expo.

Other companies that generously donated products are Old South Pancake House, Trader Joe's, Costco, eGel, Charlie 1 Horse, TM Signs and The Speedway Club. HCA, the event's official medical partner, provided personnel to man the first-aid stations.

The event is open to the public free of charge. Free parking is available to competitors and spectators in the infield's South Paddock lot. Overflow parking - as well as parking after 7:10 a.m. when the tunnel is closed to through traffic for the start of the event - will be available in the Crystal Lot just outside the South Tunnel.

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