Victory Junction Gang Camp fundraiser 2007-10-02

Sprint to Be Presenting Sponsor of Second Annual Run To Victory Half Marathon and Five Mile Run/Walk -Event Continues Growth in Second Year -New Elements Added For Participants RANDLEMAN, N.C. -- It's time again for runners and ...

Sprint to Be Presenting Sponsor of Second Annual Run To Victory Half Marathon and Five Mile Run/Walk

-Event Continues Growth in Second Year

-New Elements Added For Participants

RANDLEMAN, N.C. -- It's time again for runners and walkers across the nation to make a difference in the lives of children. Presented by Sprint, the Victory Junction Gang Camp has again teamed up with Runner's World Columnist and John Bingham Racing founder John "The Penguin" Bingham to host the Run To Victory Half Marathon and Five Mile Run/Walk on Sunday, December 2, 2007.

The addition of Sprint's partnership continues the growth of the event. The planning for this year's event now promises to be one of the premier half marathons in the region. The run will begin in Randleman (N.C.) and finish at the Victory Junction Gang Camp. All proceeds of the event will benefit the camp.

"The addition and continued support of Sprint to the camp is tremendous," said Victory Junction Gang Camp co-founder Kyle Petty. "Their support of the Run To Victory is just the next thing they have done to show their commitment. Last year's event was an awesome building block that we can build from. I think this event showed a lot of promise last year, but now with Sprint's involvement we know this can be a showcase race in the area. Pattie and I are very grateful for Sprint and everything they have done for the camp."

Last year's Run To Victory Half Marathon featured over 800 runners and walkers in it's inaugural year. The event raised over $65,000 and helped send over 20 kids to camp.

"Run To Victory allows Sprint the opportunity to help educate new audiences on the Camp's life-changing work," said Dean Kessel, director of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series marketing for Sprint. "Our efforts focus on raising awareness and funds to meet the growing needs of children with chronic medical conditions."

New this year, participants can also sign up for the Victory Junction Victory Lap. The Victory Junction Victory Lap is a walking tour of the Victory Junction Gang Camp and its facilities. Participants are also encouraged to join the "Victory Circle Gang" by raising a minimum of $1,045 to support the Victory Junction Gang Camp. All "Victory Circle Gang" members will enjoy a Saturday night dinner at Petty Enterprises with hosts Kyle, Pattie, Richard and Lynda Petty, John "The Penguin" Bingham and Coach Jenny Hadfield. They will also receive a special tour of Petty Enterprises along with a special gift package filled with Petty Enterprises and Penguin memorabilia.

John Bingham Racing events are some of the most respected events in all of running. They create an atmosphere that has something for everyone.

"It's been a great pleasure to be involved in the planning of this year's Run To Victory Half Marathon and Victory Junction Victory Lap," said John Bingham. "We couldn't have been more pleased with the inaugural event, but we quickly went to work to make it better this year. The addition of Sprint and their support will only help make this a better event for everyone with the main goal to raise money for the camp and help send campers to this great place."

Registration is currently open with more information about the run at www.victoryjunctionrun.org.

About Victory Junction Gang Camp

The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children age 7 to 15. Each summer, children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, and a host of others, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun. The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts and others, as well as NASCAR related program areas.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and is free to children and their families. The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundation. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

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