In one month, a crowd of nearly 2,000 will join together, clad in their finest pajamas, to get some exercise and enjoy a fun and festive event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The speedway will host the sixth annual PJ 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk through Glittering Lights, a wildly popular fundraising event hosted by the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, on Sunday, Nov. 18. Participants are invited to run, walk or push strollers through the course in their pajamas, and the more colorful and unique, the better.
Registration is set for 3 p.m. Pacific Time, with the race starting at 4:30 p.m. Those who register early can pick up their entry packets at GameWorks at Town Square on Nov. 16 from 3-7 p.m.
Glittering Lights is Nevada’s largest drive-through Christmas light show and features millions of LED lights and hundreds of sparkling light displays. Last year, a record crowd of more than 1,500 participated in the event, and this year’s registration is ahead of that pace.
Anyone who brings a new pair of children’s PJs to donate will have a chance to win two tickets to the 2019 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Weekend at LVMS, which runs March 1-3. Participants donated more than 250 pairs of pajamas at last year’s event.
Entry fees range from $15-$45, and children age 5 and under can participate for free. Participants can register in advance online or by contacting Paulette Anderson at 702-917-6493 or [email protected]. Anyone interested in participating also may register on-site on the day of the event beginning at 3 p.m. for an extra $5.
Everyone who signs up will receive a race bib, an event completion medal and light snacks and beverages, and awards will be given to the best overall female and best overall male. There will also be plenty of raffle prizes available, entertainment from local circus performers and appearances by the UNLV cheerleading squad and area mascots, as well as games for kids courtesy of Fun For All Games and Entertainment.
The SCC PJ 5K is sponsored by LVMS, Big Valley Towing, Nostalgia Street Rods, Klai Juba Wald Architects, BBSI, Glittering Lights, Levy Restaurants, KOMP 92.3 The Rock Station, Coca-Cola and Academica Nevada. Funds raised will help local children with social, medical, physical and financial needs.
Founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., the mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is simple but important: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. Since its inception in 1999, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has granted more than $2.5 million to local children’s causes throughout Southern Nevada.
Last December, the local chapter of SCC more than $310,000 to 57 local children’s charities. Additional information on the charity can be found at the charity’s website.