Nick Meeson Wins Inaugural Checkered Flag 5K Sponsored by Bon Secours & Midlothian Athletic Club at Richmond International Raceway

Participants Run Where NASCAR Legends Have Run at Richmond

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Under the bright sun in a cloudless sky, Nick Meeson crossed the historic Richmond International Raceway finish line to become the winner of the inaugural Checkered Flag 5K sponsored by Bon Secours and Midlothian Athletic Club.

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Under the bright sun in a cloudless sky, Nick Meeson crossed the historic Richmond International Raceway finish line to become the winner of the inaugural Checkered Flag 5K sponsored by Bon Secours and Midlothian Athletic Club (MAC). Meeson ran a course record 16:589 to become the first non-driver to win a race held at the track.

 

“It is an honor to be a part of and win the inaugural Checkered Flag 5K,” said Meeson, Richmond Ticket Sales Account Executive. “It was an amazing experience to run the historic track and represent my Richmond colleagues.”

 

The inaugural Checkered Flag 5K & Kids Fun Run provided runners, and race fans, the opportunity to run the thousand plus acre Richmond Raceway Complex. Participants viewed the track in a way unlike any fans before them completing a 5K crossing the historic Richmond start/finish line. The Checkered Flag 5K will give participants a unique view of the track, but also helped the local community through Richmond’s charitable arm, RIR Cares, a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation.

 

One participant who had a unique view of the track during the Checkered Flag 5K was Richmond’s President Dennis Bickmeier. As a runner in the race, Bickmeier set a personal course record completing the race in 25:38.4. He was not the best Bickmeier on the day as his son, Joshua, ran a 24:33.7 in the Checkered Flag 5K.

 

“As the official start to our four-day spring race weekend, the Checkered Flag 5K & Kids Fun Run provided an opportunity for participants and fans to connect in a new way at Richmond,” said Bickmeier. “From running past campers to jogging with race fans, this was an amazing experience I look forward to making an annual tradition at the track. We thank Bon Secours and Midlothian Athletic Club for their generous sponsorship of this inaugural event.”

 

Gray Gaulding, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver with BK Racing, returned to his home track to compete in the first race of the season at Richmond. Gray finished with a 22:28.7 as he raced fans during the race and signed autographs following the finish line.

 

“For my second 5K, this was an awesome experience to have so many families on the track,” said Gaulding. “It was a memorable time to talk and race with NASCAR fans. Thanks to Richmond for allowing me to be a part of the inaugural Checkered Flag 5K.”

 

The Checkered Flag 5K was not the only race on the track as youth had an opportunity to bond with other children as part of the Kids Fun Run. The family-friendly race gave families the opportunity to create their own new memories on the historic Richmond track. The Bickmeier family took a moment to bond with his youngest son, Nate, who ran away with the winner’s trophy in the Kids Fun Run.

 

As the founding sponsor for the Checkered Flag 5K, Bon Secours continued their long-time support of the Richmond community. An organization known for bringing compassion to health care and helping people live a life of health and wholeness, Bon Secours was a great partner for the new 5K event.

 

“We are delighted to be the founding sponsor of the inaugural Checkered Flag 5K & Kids Fun Run,” said Jamie Gordon, Director of Sports Medicine, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Through this event, we captured the excitement of the sport of racing and combined it with helping families stay healthy and active while engaging in sporting activities. We’re pleased to partner with Richmond International Raceway to inspire people and communities in Richmond.”

 

As a sponsor for the Checkered Flag 5K, MAC continued their support of a healthy life in the Richmond community. MAC is a full-service health club that provides the highest quality of personal training, customer service, tennis, racquetball and group fitness. The organization’s goal is to provide an atmosphere of comfort and safety through their world class service.

 

"The Midlothian Athletic Club was honored to be a part of the Checkered Flag 5K & Kids Run with Bon Secours Sports Medicine and Richmond International Raceway,” said Robert Goodman, General Manager of MAC. “This event was a great opportunity for the MAC to help create a more fit RVA and become more involved with the NASCAR community."

 

After crossing Richmond historic start/finish line, participants celebrated with post-race festivities including photos in Gatorade Victory Lane, food trucks and craft beer on pit road, and received an official Checkered Flag 5K & Kids Fun Run hat.

 

RIR Cares is a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation. The organization holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year, including Track Laps events, Turn Left Golf Classic, National Night Out, and the Checkered Flag 5K & Kids Fun Run. RIR Cares partners with the Richmond Flying Squirrels Charities to present the Turn Left Golf Classic each fall. As the signature event on the RIR Cares fundraising calendar, the event raises funds for organizations in our area.

 

NASCAR racing returns to the Capital of the Commonwealth on April 28, 29 and 30. The action starts with Practice and Qualifying Day on Friday, April 28, followed by the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend concludes with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA from 10 a.m. to noon followed by NASCAR’s best in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30.

 

Richmond’s fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will crown the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season champion over Fan Appreciation Weekend on September 8-9. Witness history in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, September 9 as a regular season champion will be crowned. On Friday, September 8, the rising stars of tomorrow will compete in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

 

Tickets are on sale now. Visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223 to purchase.

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