39 Five Kahne Runners Beat Kasey, Driver to Donate Additional $4,095 to Novant Health Hemby Hospital
By Maggie MacKenzie | NASCAR.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just a few days prior to Kasey Kahne’s annual 5K, organized by the Kasey Kahne Foundation, the Hendrick Motorsports driver announced that for every person that beat him in the 3.1-mile road race, he would then donate an additional $105 to the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital.
As an avid runner and slightly — OK, very — competitive individual, I gladly accepted the challenge to beat Kasey Kahne, all in the name of charity, of course. The “Five Kahne” 5K felt like the perfect assignment, an intersection of my line of work — NASCAR — and a passion of mine — running.
The perfect assignment it was.
At first it was unclear whether or not Kahne would end up racing after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was postponed, thanks to rain, from Saturday, Oct. 10th to Sunday, Oct. 11th. This happened to be the same day as the 5K in which only two-and-a-half hours separated the pair of events.
But the driver of the No. 5 promised, via Twitter, that he would be in attendance. Though it still was unclear if he would merely just be there to witness the festivities or if he would actually lace up his sneakers for some cardio.
It was confirmed to me in the most incredible way that he would, indeed, fulfill his promise and actually race.
Kahne lined up around 9:55 a.m., right outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame, about five rows back from the starting line and directly in front of me. So my question was easily answered.
It left me with roughly five minutes till the race’s start to strategize a plan to beat him, but I managed.
Keeping it short, I beat the NASCAR driver by roughly 54 seconds (but who’s counting?) and I was more than happy that he could give an additional $105 check to the Charlotte-based children’s hospital. I’m going to be honest, it felt pretty great to beat a professional athlete, feeding the competitive beast that, admittedly, lies within me.
A total of 39 runners outran Kahne’s time of 22:39, making the total donation an additional $4,095.
Kahne also had a special guest, Braylon Beam, join him for the morning’s events. Click here to learn more about the incredible Beam.
— NASCAR Hall of Fame (@NASCARHall) October 11, 2015