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‘Where the Rubber Meets the Road’ set for Saturday

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:35 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:10 p.m. CST

The Iowa Speedway 8k planning committee is watching the seven-day forecast closely as the seventh annual “Where the Rubber Meets the Road” road race approaches, and the forecast looks to be cool, dry and sunny, perfect for an outdoor race.

This Saturday, hundreds of people will make their way to the Iowa Speedway, friends and family in tow, to run or walk 5 miles (8k).

This is the seventh annual event that organizers estimate will draw in over 500 participants, spectators and volunteers.

“Where the Rubber Meets the Road” is a 5-mile, 8-kilometer race that will begin on the track and progress out onto the Speedway property for several miles. From that point, runners will enter back to the track through the infield tunnel and finish with a lap around the 7/8-mile oval.

Proceeds benefit two nonprofit organizations: the P.I. Foundation (Progress Industries) and the Iowa Speedway Foundation.

Annually, Progress Industries provides programs for 300 central Iowans with disabilities to live more independent lives. The Iowa Speedway Foundation’s purpose is to contribute to and promote charitable, religious and scientific causes.

Runners may register online through midnight on Thursday, April 11 at www.active.com or sign up on race day. The cost is $35 which includes a long-sleeve event T-shirt.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday. To access this area, go south on Rusty Wallace Drive until you approach the entrance to the ticket office. Turn right and drive into the track area through the infield tunnel.

For additional information, email melissa.butler@progressindustries.org.

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