Peck Takes Part in High School Football Kickoff
5/10k Run with OrthoCarolina
GLENVILLE, Penn. (August 27, 2013) – It may have been an off weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but Todd Peck had plenty to keep him busy. Peck, driver of the No. 40 Arthritis Foundation Chevy, was in Charlotte, N.C. to take part in Charlottepreps.TV Kickoff Night and the OrthoCarolina Classic 5/10k. Peck had his race truck and hauler on display at each event and signed autographs for the crowds on hand.
The Charlottepreps.tv Kickoff Night, powered by OrthoCarolina , hosted a doubleheader at American Legion Memorial Stadium the opening Thursday of the 2013 season, August 22nd. The following Saturday, OrthoCarolina hosted its annual OrthoCarolina Classic, the area’s premier 10K running event. The OrthoCarolina Classic also featured a challenging 5K run/walk. Peck was invited by OrthoCarolina to be a part of the festivities and sign autographs for everyone at the events. As an added bonus, Peck brought his race truck and hauler to each of the occasions.
“We had a lot of fun in North Carolina last week,” Peck said. “We certainly appreciate OrthoCarolina inviting us to be a part of their special events. We’ve participated in some very cool things, like we did in Charlotte, with the Arthritis Foundation and its partners and we’re very grateful for those opportunities.”
Peck, who was diagnosed with arthritis as a child, has used his platform in racing to let everyone know that they can still lead an active and fast-paced lifestyle with the condition. Peck’s team has partnered with the Arthritis Foundation since 2011, which Peck has spoken on behalf of at several conferences and corporate events across the country. While at the football game on Thursday night, Peck was interviewed by The Fan 610AM and had the opportunity to discuss living with arthritis while competing in one of the most physically demanding sports.
“It’s a privilege to do what I do for a living,” Peck said. It’s definitely something I don’t take for granted. One of the biggest benefits is that I get to share my story with an audience at each event I go to. I hope that other people living with arthritis realize that the condition doesn’t have to stop them and that they can still live and active lifestyle. Hopefully I can make a difference in someone’s life. That’s what it’s all about.”
About Peck Motorsports
Peck Motorsports is the only professional NASCAR race team headquartered in central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988, Peck Motorsports is a family operation. Brothers Dr. Mike Peck and Tom Peck operated the team with success throughout the 90s. Today the team is still led by Dr. Mike Peck, but this time with son Todd Peck behind the wheel.
The family has a long, trusted history in the sport. Tom Peck has numerous top-10 and top-five finishes in the highest ranks of NASCAR. Todd Peck is the next generation of Peck Motorsports hoping to carry on the legacy of proud Pennsylvania racers. The team is currently looking for primary sponsorship in 2012 to support their collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation.
About the Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S. JA is a term to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. There are several different types of JA.