ST. PETERSBURG – The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation announced that registration is now open for the fourth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk ‘N Wheel-a-thon.
This event will take place on Friday, March 22, as part of festivities surrounding the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opener. Start time is 6:15 p.m. at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. To register or for more information, visit www.imathlete.com/events/hondagrandprixrunwalkandwheel.
Trim Nutrition, official nutrition partner for the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights and a leader in wellness supplements and sustained energy products, is the presenting sponsor of this event. Working in tandem, SSPF and Trim Nutrition will be responsible for the logistics and operations of the event.
“Supporting the community is something that is important to us,” said Tim Ramsberger, vice president and general manager of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “We are happy to open up our race track for this fundraiser; it is a wonderful part of what will be an exciting weekend. We encourage everyone in St. Petersburg to sign up and show their support.”
All proceeds will benefit SSPF and the PBA/Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities to raise money for paralysis/spinal cord injury research.
Participants will have the opportunity to run, walk or wheel their way around the very course that the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series will be competing on later that weekend.
“We’re pleased with the success that lets us produce the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk ‘N Wheelathon for the fourth year in a row,” said Ida Cahill, president and CEO of SSPF. “This event provides the community with the unique opportunity to experience the thrill of the Honda Grand Prix from the perspective of the IndyCar Series drivers while at the same time raising money and awareness for a great cause.”
About the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
The SSPF was started in 2000 by IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt shortly after a practice-run crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. SSPF is leading the charge to cure paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances benefiting those with spinal cord injuries, stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s diseases.
About the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg takes place March 22-24, 2013 and is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlook the Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. To learn more about the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, visit www.gpstpete.com.