BRISTOL, Tenn., March 3, 2015 - Since 1961, racing at Bristol Motor Speedway has been focused on speed, agility and the strongest will survive.

Those same traits apply as Speedway Children's Charities and Academy Sports + Outdoors invite friends to lace up Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m. for a 5K race, the first in a three-race series.

"As we look forward to opening our first store in Johnson City we are excited to partner with the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities for the Spring 5k Race," said Tammi Hysell, Academy Sports + Outdoors' senior director of promotions. "This event is a phenomenal way to establish our relationship with the community and support active-minded families in the Tri-Cities."

Runners and walkers will take in the sights and sounds of Bristol Motor Speedway during the Food City 500 race weekend. The route will include a tour through the campgrounds, a lap around the Last Great Colosseum and cross the finish line near the entrance to the Food City Race Night activities. Registration is only $25 and can be submitted at

"We are thrilled to give fans and supporters of Speedway Children's Charities this new spring- time opportunity to run at Bristol Motor Speedway," said Claudia Byrd, executive director of Bristol Speedway Children's Charities. "The 5K race along with the annual dinner hosted by two racing legends will kick off an amazing spring race weekend."

On Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., Speedway Children's Charities annual dinner, presented by Tele-Optics, will be hosted by NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Ned Jarrett and his oldest son, former driver and now pit reporter, Glenn Jarrett. The dinner will be held at the Bruton Smith Building in the third floor banquet room.

"Bristol has always been one of my favorite places, so I'm pleased to return, especially on the 50-year anniversary of my 1965 Volunteer 500 win," said NASCAR Hall of Famer, Ned Jarrett. "I'm also extremely pleased to be there in support of Speedway Children's Charities Bristol chapter. The Jarrett family has always been supportive of all children's charities.  My son Glenn and I welcome the opportunity to assist Speedway Children's Charities, it is indeed an honor."

To reserve seat or a table for the Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) annual dinner, presented by Tele-Optics, contact the Bristol SCC office at (423) 989-6975 or email Additional event information can be found at on the events tab.