After a successful inaugural event in 2009 that raised more than $1,000 for the SCCA Foundation, SCCA President and CEO Jeff Dahnert has announced that he will once again host the "Beat the Boss" four-mile run around Road America Sept. 22 during the 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Subway.
Last year, SCCA resurrected the "Beat the Boss" challenge – which was initially a chance for racers across the country to race against former Club President Nick Craw in the late '80s and early '90s. Proceeds from the current rendition of the challenge go directly to the SCCA Foundation, which supports the Tire Rack Street Survival teen safe driving program.
"We had more than 40 participants last year and we hope to eclipse that in 2010," Dahnert said. "We have moved the run from Friday to Wednesday, with the hope that more people will have the opportunity to participate with it not being a race day."
In 2009, eight runners beat Dahnert around the four-mile, undulating Road America circuit.
"I was not at all surprised by the number of excellent runners there were in the 2009 event, and I was not at all surprised that there were some faster than me," Dahnert said. "Like any racer, though, I do have some good excuses as to why [SCCA Enterprises President] Erik Skirmants beat me and I'm not about to let that happen two years in-a-row!"
All competitive kidding aside, Dahnert encourages anyone to come out and participate.
"Whether you're out there to race to win, reach a personal goal or even just join us for half of the course and stop at Turn 5, it's a fun opportunity for people to see the track from a different perspective," he said. "And, it supports a good cause."
Anyone who finishes the run ahead of Dahnert will receive a special prize commemorating the accomplishment. To pre-register for the run, please see the link on the Runoffs home page at www.scca.com/runoffs
The 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Subway begins with qualifying Monday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 23, followed by three full days of racing, Sept. 24-26 at Road America.