Runners, start your engines. On Saturday, Nov. 3, ISM Raceway will host the second-annual Run the Raceway event benefitting Playworks Arizona.

Run the Raceway is the Valley’s only running event on a NASCAR track, and participants will have the opportunity to preview the new ISM Raceway ahead of its Opening Weekend celebration during the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi-Final Playoff Race. In addition to receiving a firsthand look at the upgraded amenities associated with the $178 million ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar, runners will be among the first competitors to cross the new Start/Finish Line of the reconfigured racetrack.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Playworks Arizona back to ISM Raceway for this great event supporting our local community,” said Scott Rovn, Vice President of Sales and Communications at ISM Raceway. “Our new facility will serve as a perfect stage for the event and provide the competitors with a chance to preview the exciting upgrades that we’ve made since their last visit.”

Attracting more than 1,000 participants during the 2017 event, all proceeds will once again support Playworks Arizona and its mission to ensure that all kids have access to safe and healthy play. 

With a focus on Title 1, low-income schools, Playworks is the leading nonprofit in Arizona utilizing children’s innate love of play to instill social and emotional learning skills that they will need now and into the future. Through partnership with schools and innovative programming, Playworks positively alters the recess climate, reduces bullying and disciplinary incidences, and empowers students to realize their full potential. Playworks brings out the best in every kid!

In the words of one administrator at a Playworks partner school, “Playworks has created a positive climate outside during recess which transfers inside the school. Students invite others into their games or take time to model how to the play the game. I love hearing “Good job, nice try!” Recess behaviors have drastically declined.” 

Registration for the High-Five 5K and the Rock, Paper, Scissors Kids Dash is now open at 

All participants in the 5K will receive a t-shirt and other commemorative items, as well as a ticket to the Lucas Oil 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race on Friday, Nov. 9 at ISM Raceway.

Participants who register as a Friend of Playworks VIP receive extra benefits, including a pace car ride on the track following the Run the Raceway event.