Victory Junction news 2006-12-03

OVER 800 RUNNERS PARTICIPATED IN THE INNAUGURAL VICTORY JUNCTION RUN, HALF MARATHON AND 4.5K RANDLEMAN, NC -- The Victory Junction Gang Camp teamed up with John "The Penguin" Bingham, Runners World columnist and Founder of John Bingham Racing,...

OVER 800 RUNNERS PARTICIPATED IN THE INNAUGURAL VICTORY JUNCTION RUN, HALF MARATHON AND 4.5K

RANDLEMAN, NC -- The Victory Junction Gang Camp teamed up with John "The Penguin" Bingham, Runners World columnist and Founder of John Bingham Racing, for the inaugural Victory Junction Run, half marathon and 4.5k on Sunday December 3.

"When we set out to do this event, we hoped to get 500 participants," said Kyle Petty, NASCAR driver and Co-Founder of Victory Junction. "To have over 800 participants come out for the Victory Junction Run is hugely successful. I am ecstatic and can't wait to have an even larger event next year. More than $65,000 was raised from the run; which is a great demonstration of people's passion to help enhance the experience for the children that visit the Victory Junction Gang Camp."

Goals for this first-time event were modest-with the camp wanting to raise awareness and enough money to send ten kids to camp. "I am overwhelmed with happiness that this event exceeded expectations," said John Bingham. "We not only raised awareness, but enough money was raised to help send more than 25 children to Victory Junction."

The weekend's weather paved the way for excellent conditions in running the half marathon and 4.5k. NASCAR legend Richard "The King" Petty and his wife Lynda served as Grand Marshals of the event. NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip took part in the event with a very respectable time of 2:26:11. "Running makes me feel disciplined and committed; just like running, I am committed to the children of the Victory Junction Gang Camp," Waltrip said. "Michael Waltrip Racing and I will do anything we can to enhance the experience for these kids.

Kyle Petty drove the lead Dodge Viper as runners behind him pounded the pavement throughout Randleman for the half marathon's13.1 miles. Also taking part in the race were wheelchair participants, cancer survivors, and many others that have a common bond with Victory Junction. The 4.5k started inside the camp and the route took runners throughout the camp's 72 acre facility.

"What has really surprised me is the number of people that have come up to me and said 'I was not a runner before I heard about the Victory Junction Run.' So many of the participants started running just to do this event because they wanted to help the camp," says Pattie Petty, Co-Founder and CEO of Victory Junction. "On behalf of the staff at Victory Junction, thanks to everyone that took part in this event."

With the great success of the weekend, the Victory Junction Gang Camp looks forward to having an even larger Victory Junction Run in 2007. For information about next year's event, visit www.VictoryJunctionRun.org.

Placements

Top Male- Derek Fenton of Holly Springs, NC. Time- 1:12:41

Top Female- Jennifer Gapin of Greensboro, NC. Time- 1:33:11

Top Youth- Christian Crifasi (15 years old) of Coleridge, NC. Time 1:33:20

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.

-credit: vjgc

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Series Charity , NASCAR
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Kyle Petty
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , CIP