Are You Brave Enough to Reach 500,000 Steps?
Southern Californians are Challenged to Walk 500,000 Steps By the Start of the 2007 NASCAR Season; NASCAR Drivers are Already Putting their Best Foot Forward for the Program
Auto Club Speedway is launching the "Auto Club Speedway 500" pedometer program to encourage healthier lifestyles for youth and families in Southern California. The program challenges participants to walk 500,000 steps between October 2 and February 15, 2007 - the start of the 2007 NASCAR season.
Those interested in being a part of the "Auto Club Speedway 500" program, launched in association with the Fitness Challenge Foundation and NASCAR, can use a special Auto Club Speedway/NASCAR pedometer that is available for purchase at the Speedway's administration building or online at www.autoclubspeedway.com. Dollars raised from the sale of the pedometers will be invested back into the "Auto Club Speedway 500" program.
"Over our NASCAR SONY HD 500 race weekend, media members, drivers, fans and others showed early support of the Auto Club Speedway 500 by wearing a Auto Club Speedway/NASCAR pedometer," said Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "In fact, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards achieved 34,765 steps, NBC pit reporter Dave Burns accumulated 39,835 steps and I joined them racking up 48,221."
"The Foundation is very excited to partner with Auto Club Speedway and NASCAR for the Auto Club Speedway 500," said John Wordin, executive director of the Fitness Challenge Foundation. "The response at the recent race and from the community has been tremendous and we look forward to the start of the program. It will be a great achievement for all of the participants and they will enjoy better health and some very special rewards for their accomplishment."
Registration for the Auto Club Speedway 500 pedometer program is currently available at www.kidsfitnesschallenge.com. Participants should log on to sign up for the program and download daily log sheet to keep track of steps.
Those who achieve the goal of 500,000 steps are eligible to receive prizes. Schools have also been engaged and the top participating elementary school will receive a School Garden Kit courtesy of the Western Growers Association. The County of San Bernardino recently helped kick this program off by donating 500 pedometers courtesy of the San Bernardino Sun.
Based on data the Fitness Challenge Foundation has collected, 38-percent of California children ages nine to 11 are overweight or are at a risk of becoming overweight. Close to 74-percent of youth are unfit and only 40-percent of teens meet minimum daily requirements for physical fitness. The 2003 California Health Interview Survey reported that nearly 55-percent of adult Californians are overweight.
For more information about Auto Club Speedway, log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com. For more information on, and/or opportunities in the County of San Bernardino, log on to www.sbcounty.gov. To get more information on the Fitness Challenge Foundation, log on to www.kidsfitnesschallenge.com.
About Auto Club Speedway:
Auto Club Speedway is the West Coast's Premier sports and entertainment venue. Located within an hour of downtown Los Angeles, the facility annually hosts two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races that are the largest single-day ticketed sporting events in the state of California, a new, multi-million dollar
"Opportunity, California FanZone" featuring a full service restaurant called Apex by Wolfgang Puck, an entertainment stage and the Impulse retail store. Throughout the year, the motorsports facility also plays host to a variety of other special events, including the AMA Superbike series, a grassroots racing program at the track's Auto Club Dragway and has a track rental business that keeps the speedway busy more than 300 days a year. Tickets for the 2007 season at Auto Club Speedway are available now by calling 800-944-RACE  or online at www.autoclubspeedway.com.