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Madison, Illinois (May 1, 2024) – The excitement is palpable as the second annual JJK 5K Run & Walk gears up to take place on May 30 at World Wide Technology Raceway, coinciding with the highly anticipated 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Weekend. This signature event pays homage to the esteemed hometown hero, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, whose dedication to empowering the youth of East St. Louis has been unwavering since her illustrious Olympic career. 

The JJK 5K Run & Walk promises an exhilarating experience for participants and spectators alike, offering a unique opportunity to celebrate Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s remarkable achievements, welcome back NASCAR to World Wide Technology Raceway, and immerse oneself in a day filled with top-notch racing experiences. 

What’s New This Year? 

This year’s event introduces exciting updates, including a “Beat the Heat” start time of 6:30 pm and an all-new racecourse that provides runners and walkers with an exclusive view of the raceway track and surrounding activity areas. Participants will have the thrill of racing on the same track as NASCAR drivers, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the entire complex. 

Moreover, the event serves a dual purpose by supporting the JJK Foundation, which provides life-changing programs to Metro East youth, fostering a brighter future for generations to come. 

Event Details and Registration 

Individual runners, teams, families, and friends are invited to register for the JJK 5K Run and 1.25 Mile Walk. Managed by Big River Running Co., the event caters to participants aiming for personal bests or simply seeking to celebrate NASCAR’s return to WWTR, ensuring lasting memories for all involved. 

Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt, event medal, free parking, two tickets to the Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR Cup Race on June 2, free downloadable photos, and awards for top finishers across various categories. 

Early registration by May 6 offers preferred pricing. Registrants can pick up their race packets on-site on May 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. 

Join Us for a Day of Celebration 

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this unforgettable event, combining athleticism, community support, and the thrill of NASCAR. Together, let’s honor Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s legacy and create lasting impact for Metro East youth. 

About Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the JJK Foundation 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, hailed as the ‘Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century’ by Sports Illustrated, continues to inspire with her six Olympic medals and enduring athletic legacy. Her commitment to East St. Louis is exemplified through the JJK Foundation and JJK Center, enriching the lives of local children through educational and recreational opportunities. 

About World Wide Technology Raceway 

World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) is the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR, and NHRA racing in St. Louis’ Metro East region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering 700 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1.25-mile superspeedway; 1/4-mile drag strip; 2.0-mile road course; the Gateway Kartplex state-of-the-art karting facility; and the adjacent Gateway National Golf Links. WWTR and Owner & CEO Curtis Francois have been recognized with several awards, including: 2023 St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame induction; 2023 Innovation in Philanthropy Award by the St. Louis Business Journal; 2022 Explore St. Louis Hospitality Hero Recognition; 2022 Best in Show and Best Event & Festival from the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism; 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year; 2021 Jack Buck Award; 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Track Award; 2018 Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission; 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference; and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association. 

Our mission: We are committed to making a difference in our community, while providing first-class entertainment and memories that last a lifetime. 

Please visit www.WWTRaceway.com or follow WWTR on social media (@wwtraceway) for additional information. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Armstrong | Communications & Brand Development Director | 940.765.9234 | karmstrong@wwtraceway.com 


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