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2014 Marks the Fifth Annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” 5K

2014 Marks the Fifth Annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” 5K

The “Five Kahne” has become a premier 5K in the Charlotte running community

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2013) – The Kasey Kahne Foundation announced today that the fifth annual “Five Kahne” 5K is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 2013 showed substantial growth and fierce competition making the 5K one of Charlotte’s premier events.

In 2013, a record 731 runners, including Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and other NASCAR stars, participated in the fourth annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” 5K and Kids Dash presented by Great Clips in Uptown Charlotte on Sunday, Oct. 13, following the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a 61 percent increase from last year’s 455 runners, more than $65,000 was raised in 2013 to support youth programs in the local area including Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which provides grants that fund educational field trips for middle and high school students in career and technical education (CTE) courses and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is also a beneficiary.

“As the ‘Five Kahne’ continues to gain momentum and popularity as a premier 5K in the community, we are able to raise more awareness and support for the youth of North Carolina,” says Shanon Adams, executive director of the Kasey Kahne Foundation. “This year we saw the biggest increase in participation and funds raised. It is exciting to watch this event continue to grow and have such a meaningful impact on thousands of youth on an annual basis, exposing them to the business behind the sport of NASCAR through exhibits at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne started the 5K charity run in 2010 with the goal of building an annual event to generate funds for youth causes. During the 2012-2013 school year, 2,012 students from 20 counties across the state traveled to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for an interactive day of learning. Since the partnership between the Kasey Kahne Foundation and Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame was created in 2011, approximately 2,587 students have visited the facility as a direct result of these efforts. The Kasey Kahne Foundation is confident the fifth annual 5K in 2014 will be the biggest one yet.

For more information about the Kasey Kahne Foundation and the “Five Kahne” 5K, visit kaseykahnefoundation.org.

Tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased by calling (877) 231-2010 or at nascarhall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. Memberships are available starting at $25 for children and $50 for adults. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed on Christmas Day. For more details, visit nascarhall.com. Up-to-the-minute updates are available at facebook.com/nascarhall or by following @NASCARHall on Twitter.
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About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. nascarhall.com

About the Kasey Kahne Foundation
The Kasey Kahne Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, was created by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne to raise and donate funds to charitable organizations that care for chronically ill children and their families. The foundation is also dedicated to supporting youth platforms, including educational programs. For more information, visit kaseykahnefoundation.org.
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2014 Marks the Fifth Annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” 5K

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Kasey Kahne Foundation brings education to children through racing

By Natalie Pasquarella

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

After a long race day, Kasey Kahne will have an early morning when he heads to Uptown Charlotte for his annual Five Kahne 5K.

One of the biggest goals of the race is educating local kids about the skills behind racing.

Eyewitness News sat down with the driver of the No. 5 Chevy to find out how he is helping kids learn about science, technology, engineering and math outside of the classroom.

Changing the tires, taking the wheel, studying the engine – it is an interactive approach to learning for high school students from Iredell-Statesville Schools as they step into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame for the first time.

“You get to see the newest technology around,” said Byron Hurt, “We’re actually getting up to date with it, we get to mess with it and play with it and fix everything, and it’s pretty awesome.”

For information on the Five Kahne 5K, click here.

The trip for students from the Career Academy and Technical School in Troutman is one of many made possible by the Kasey Kahne Foundation.

“It’s all about kids and it’s all about trying to give them opportunities,” said Kahne.

Kahne said he has always wanted to help children learn about what goes into racing.

“I just started with my dad, and he taught me about the cars and working on race cars, sprint cars at the time,” said Kahne.

Kahne realized that not many kids get the exposure, so in 2011 he partnered with the NASCAR Hall of Fame to fund educational field trips that focus on science, technology, engineering and math or stem learning.

“I think it’s good, it’s eye opening for them now when they’re young, and maybe they’ll end up you know, wanting to be an engineer, or want to be involved in racing because of some of the things they learn at the hall,” said Kahne.

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2013 Five Kahne Course Map

Check out the 2013 5Kahne course map below.

Click the link for more detailed turn by turn directions. goo.gl/61sdyS


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2013 Five Kahne Course Map

2013 Five Kahne T-Shirt

If you can’t make this years Five Kahne run in Uptown Charlotte but would still like to participate, then you’re in luck. The Twenty Thirteen Five Kahne t-shirts are now available for a $25 donation to the Kasey Kahne Foundation. These are the same light weight athletic shirts that the runners will wear on October 13th.

Shirts ordered by October 1st are guaranteed, and they’ll start shipping the day after the Five Kahne on October 14th.

If you can’t order your shirt by October 1st, a limited supply of shirts and sizes will also be available in the KKR Mooresville store after the run.

Order by selecting the t-shirt only option when you click here

2013 Five Kahne T-Shirt

2013 5K News

Registration Now Open for 2013 Kasey Kahne Foundation Charity Run
“Five Kahne” 5K to support Ronald McDonald House and student field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  (June 18, 2013) – Registration is now open for the fourth annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne” 5K and Kid’s Dash presented by Great Clips to be held in Uptown Charlotte on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. The start and finish lines as well as the post-race festival will be at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Caldwell and Brevard streets.

Runners, fans, families and spectators are invited to join NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and other industry celebrities for the 5K run/walk, Kid’s Dash and post-race festival at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides comfortable accommodations for families of seriously ill children from across the Carolinas receiving medical treatment at local children’s hospitals, and Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which provides grants that fund educational field trips for students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. “We are thrilled to be able to build on the momentum the last three years has brought to this event,” says Shanon Adams, executive director of the Kasey Kahne Foundation. “We love being able to make each year bigger than the last, which ultimately raises more money for the charities we are passionate to support.”

“With the support of the Kasey Kahne Foundation each year, we’ve been able to provide interactive, hands-on learning opportunities for thousands of students across the state,” says Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see the lasting impressions the NASCAR Hall of Fame makes on these young minds, who may one day be the future leaders of NASCAR.”

Registration information and fees for the 5K run/walk can be found below and online at www.kaseykahnefoundation.org. The Kid’s Dash will be $5 until Oct. 10, 2013 and $10 on race day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza.

2013 5K News

KKF 2012 in Review

2012 was such a great year for the Kasey Kahne Foundation. We made wishes come true for many children including Samantha, Sawyer and Dylan. We sent nearly 500 local high school kids to the NASCAR Hall of Fame to learn about STEM. We had over 450 runners and 75 volunteers participate in our largest Five Kahne yet and continue to raise funds to contribute to our major beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Nancy and Jimmy from Ohio went on the trip of a lifetime to Miami and the Bahamas as our winners of the “Vacation Like Kasey Kahne” raffle.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Kasey Kahne Foundation. We promise that 2013 will be an even bigger year. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, we would be honored to put your contribution to work.

KKF 2012 in Review

Students to Benefit From Five Kahne

NASCAR driver’s annual 5K continues to fund field trips to NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 25, 2012) – Marketing students from South Rowan High School were treated to a free field trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame today compliments of the Kasey Kahne Foundation and NC STEM Learning Network.

More than 70 students visited the entertainment attraction in Uptown Charlotte, N.C. to learn about the business of NASCAR. While touring the four-story educational venue, students also learned about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The field trip grant was a result of the second annual Kasey Kahne Foundation Five Kahne, which was held on the streets of uptown Charlotte last October following the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With more than 300 runners, including some NASCAR stars, the event netted $28,000, nearly double what the event raised in its inaugural year.

“We saw tremendous growth in the second year of the Five Kahne, and we are eager to build on that momentum in 2012,” said Shanon Adams, director of the Kasey Kahne Foundation. “We are already planning our third annual run and working to make the event a tradition for the October race weekend in Charlotte, N.C. It is rewarding to watch the local community pull together to help the Kasey Kahne Foundation generate awareness and support for underprivileged youth.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne started the 5K charity run in 2010 in hopes of building an annual event to generate funds for youth causes. Through a partnership with the NC STEM Learning Network, proceeds from the run fund grants for educational field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte also is a beneficiary.

The first field trip funded by this grant program took place in January of 2011. More than 100 seventh-grade students from C.C. Griffin, J.N. Fries and Mt. Pleasant Middle Schools in Cabarrus County enjoyed a day of interactive learning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The 2012 Five Kahne is scheduled for Sunday, October 14. Online registration will open in May. For volunteer opportunities and more information, visit www.kaseykahnefoundation.org.

Students to Benefit From Five Kahne

2012 5K Huge Success

The third annual Kasey Kahne Foundation “FIVE KAHNE” 5K was a huge success! With over 450 registered runners and fantastic sponsors like Great Clips, the Kasey Kahne Foundation was able to raise over $50,000 in 2012 alone – over $125,000 in three years. The overall winner of the 5K was a two-time Olympian and completed the run in 14:22 – a Five Kahne record. Overall winners received prizes complements of Sprint and top finishers in each age group received Von Zipper sunglasses. Several participants entered the Great Clips crazy hair contest with the craziest hair winning free haircuts for a year! We want to thank our volunteers, sponsors, runners and fans for making this the best Five Kahne yet and hope everyone will join us again next year on Sunday October 13, 2013.

2012 5K Huge Success