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JN backs Racers’ Silent Auction to fund Grand Prix

first_img THREE-WEEK CAMP The auction pot was also sweetened with the opportunity to participate in a three-week Racers Summer camp slated for July 4-22 for athletes aged seven to 19 for $111,000. The camp package also includes accommodation and meals. Other items auctioned included a three-night stay at the Half Moon hotel for a minimum $75,000 bid, while vacationing at Secrets Resort and Spa went for the same price. Racers received a financial boost from Sunday’s auction to the tune of over $800,000, funds raised after admitting their club failed to acquire funds from the Government-run Sports Development Foundation (SDF). That, however, led them to try raising funds from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. Meanwhile, Racers boss Glen Mills lauded a JN video presentation dubbed Racers Track Club: The Vision, aired at Sunday’s reception. “This video highlights the aims and direction of our organisation, and we want our benefactors to appreciate how we see ourselves and the future of track and field in Jamaica,” Mills underlined. Racers Track Club showcased their universal sprinting excellence via an innovative and first-of-its-kind Mini-Museum and Silent Auction of running spikes, Puma T-shirts and track suits autographed by their leading stars during the colourful Jamaica National-organised event on Sunday night. Over 25 Olympic and World Championship medals were displayed. University of the West Indies-based Racers Track Club displayed authentic athletic memorabilia and autographed apparel and batons from the club’s local, regional and international track and field exploits at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Jamaica National’s general manager, Earl Jarrett, lauded Glen Mills’ Racers camp for contributing to Jamaica’s image as the ‘sprint capital of the world’. “Our sponsorship of the Grand Prix and hosting of the reception on May 1 is part of our continuing focus to support young athletes and to honour their achievements as we anticipate that they will be among future Jamaican athletes who will maintain the trailblazing standard set by others, some of whom will retire after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil,” Jarrett outlined. Sunday’s reception helped to raise funds and to promote the Racers Grand Prix, which is expected to host around 100 top athletes from some 10 countries, inside the National Stadium on June 11. Mega sprint star, Usain Bolt, who holds the double sprint world records and a total of six Olympic gold medals, saw two pairs of his illustrious Puma spikes fetch a whopping $130,000 and $150,000, respectively. The baton he and his Jamaica team carried while reigning supreme at last year’s IAAF World Championships went for $95,000. Warren Weir, a World and Olympic 200-metre medallist and an adidas-sponsored athlete, saw his spikes and body suit fetch minimum $60,000 and $50,000 each, while the second-fastest man of all time, Yohan Blake, also an adidas-sponsored athlete, had his spikes priced at a minimum of $50,000. Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist, Kemar Bailey-Cole, saw his framed photograph priced at $50,000 and his spikes for $55,000, alongside Olympian Michael Frater.last_img read more

Stater Bros. helping to sell NASCAR tickets
first_imgThe ongoing promotion with Staters Bros., the presenting sponsor of the Feb. 24 Busch race, is unique, according to Zucker. It’s the only promotion in the country where fans can get a free $55 Cup race ticket for buying $55 of groceries through Feb.9. “It’s been an amazing deal,” said Zucker, “we’ve had a steady line of fans redeeming their receipts the past three days. We have moved more than 1,000 tickets and it’s getting bigger each day.” Receipts must be dated through Feb. 9 and must be redeemed by Feb.14. Zucker said fans have traveled to the Fontana track from as far as Barstow and Orange County. “It’s actually part of the `Race to 55 Sweepstakes”‘ said Zucker. “In addition to the free ticket, we’re drawing for 55 prizes.” Tops among the prizes will be a ride on the Goodyear blimp and the opportunity to wave the green flag during Cup qualifying Feb. 23. “I’ve been most impressed by the number of families in line,” Zucker said. “Mom and dad might have been here before, now they’re bringing the kids.” On Monday, fans will get an opportunity to meet Carl Edwards. He’ll be at the speedway ticket booth from noon to 1 p.m. and will hand out a pound of See’s Candy to the first 200 who purchase a ticket. With the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500 just around the corner, California Speedway president Gillian Zucker has started the full-court press to sell tickets. In the process, she has enlisted the help of partner Stater Bros. and Cup driver Carl Edwards. The Feb. 25 race is second on the Nextel Cup schedule. center_img Edwards will have quite a two-day experience in California. He’ll attend the Grammys on Sunday, help the speedway promote the race on various media outlets, help debut the track’s new $1 million-plus sign adjacent to Interstate 10 and pass out candy. LOCAL TRACKS Perris Auto Speedway will host the Late Model opener Saturday night. Also on the card will be the new PASSCAR Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Cruisers. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 6:30. … Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino will host the Gold Cup MX on Sunday, with racing set to start at 9 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img