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Speedway lights are here again

November 4th, 2011 9:01 am by Sue Guinn Legg

Bristol Motor Speedway is preparing to turn on the lights for another season of holiday giving and entertainment.
Fundraising for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will kick off Nov. 13 at the race track with the 2nd annual Speedway In Lights 5K Run Walk. Presented by Fleet Feet of Kingsport, the timed and sanctioned 5K offers runners and walkers an opportunity to preview the holiday light show days in advance of its opening and a chance to help dozens of local youth service organizations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia along their way.
The race entry fee is $20 for adults who register early or $25 the day of the race. For runners and walkers ages 4 to 12, the entry fee is $7. The fees include a free long-sleeve event T-shirt for all adult participants and a free BMS sling bag for all runners and walkers age 12 and under.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each of 12 age divisions, including NASCAR race ticket packages to the top three overall male and female finishers. Early registration will end Sunday online at www. Race packages may be picked up at the BMS ticket office and at Fleet Feet in Kingsport.
This year’s “ Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA” holiday light display will open for the season on Nov. 18. Now in its 15th year, the light show is the largest in the South and features dozens of individual exhibits displayed along a 4.5-mile drive-through course around the track and up and down the Thunder Valley dragway. A Christmas Village featuring carnival rides, food and souvenir vendors, bonfires, marshmallow roasting and a Santa’s workshop photo studio will once again be located in the track’s infield.
This light show will remain open nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 7. Tickets are $10 for cars Sunday through Thursday, and $12 for cars Friday and Saturday nights. Activity van tickets are $15 and bus tickets are $65.
Santa’s Speedway Sleigh, an open-air tram tour of the light show introduced for the fist time last year, will be available from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday, beginning Nov. 23. Sleigh tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and come with a free bag of marshmallows for roasting. Groups may reserve the entire sleigh by calling the ticket office.
The Johnson Controls Ice Rink and 300-foot HVAC Chill Hill tube slide will open Nov. 17 and continue nightly through Jan. 15. Tube slide tickets are $7 for a 50-minute session, or $3 for children less than 36-inches tall riding with an adult. Admission to the ice rink is $5 and ice skate rentals are $2.
Since its premier in 1997, Speedway in Lights and its companion attractions have helped SCC raise more than $6 million dollars for youth service programs across the region.
For tickets or for more information, call the BMS ticket office at 989-6900.

Area Food City stores have kicked off their annual Race Against Hunger holiday campaign for local nonprofit hunger relief organizations. The promotion will run through Dec. 10 with $1, $3 and $5 Race Against Hunger cards available for purchase at all Food City checkout registers.
Shoppers who wish to help others in the region who are without food during the holidays may select a card of the amount they desire to give to add to their grocery bill. Every $1 donation made using a Food City ValuCard, will electronically enter the shopper for a chance to win their choice of season tickets at Bristol Motor Speedway or a $2,500 contribution to their favorite charity. Collection canisters for other donations to the Race Against Hunger campaign also will be available the registers.
Last year, the Race Against Hunger campaign raised more than $360,000 for local hunger relief programs. “Million of Americans need food assistance each year. The Food City Race Against Hunger campaign is one way we can help those in need right here in our own area,” Ron Bonacci, vice president of marketing for Food City, said.
Unaka Avenue Baptist Church will host a benefit pancake breakfast Saturday morning to help lung transplant recipient Kim Miller and his family as he continues in follow-up care at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.
Miller, a Johnson City postal service worker with a genetic disorder that destroyed his lungs, received the life-saving transplant on Sept. 15. Church member Donna Beckett reports Miller has continued to do well since the transplant and expects to be home before Christmas.
The benefit breakfast at Unaka Avenue Baptist, which is raising funds to help with the expense of the transplant, will be held from 7:30-10:30 Saturday at the church at 1213 E. Unaka Ave. Sausage and pancakes, coffee, juice and milk will be available for a donation.
Donations to help Miller and his family with expenses, including their extended stay in Nashville, may be made payable to Unaka Avenue Baptist Church and earmarked for the Kim Miller Transplant Fund at any Bank of Tennessee location or by mail to Bank of Tennessee, P.O. Box 4980, Johnson City, TN 37602-4980.

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