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Kahne to be honored Monday as Enumclaw rolls out the red carpet

Kasey Kahne will make a pit stop in his hometown to accept the key to the city of Enumclaw and accept a few other accolades during the city's Kasey Kahne Day.

A day's worth of fun activities is set for Monday.

The city of Enumclaw, the Enumclaw Area Chamber of Commerce and Allstate Insurance are co-sponsoring the celebration, which honors the NASCAR sensation.

The day's festivities kick off with a run. The city of Enumclaw Parks and Recreation Department will host a 5K and 9K (get it? Kahne drives the No. 9 car in the Nextel Cup series) Labor Day Fun Run.

Pre-registration is $15, with on-site registration $20. Registration and check-in takes place at Topping Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge on state Route 410. Race divisions are: high school teams 5K: 9:30 a.m., male and female; 9K masters 9:45 a.m., male and female; and a 9K and 5K open run beginning at 10 a.m. for both male and female runners.

All divisions will have awards for first, second and third place. Team trophies will be awarded for the high school 5K. All runners will receive T-shirts.

For information, or to register, call 360-802-0233. All proceeds will benefit the Enumclaw High School cross country team and the Enumclaw Youth Center.

During that time there are also plenty of other activities. Organizers are planning a classic car show (with one of Kahne's No. 9 cars on display) and a display of radio-controlled racing, with cars that reach speeds of up to 60 mph. Younger fans will have the opportunity to receive a T-shirt (while supplies last) for coloring a No. 9 car. Kahne's Juniors will also be on site. These are 125cc race cars Kahne sponsors. Their 9- to 11-year-old drivers are scheduled to make an appearance.

At noon, Kahne is scheduled to accept the city's honors, present a lucky Enumclaw High automotive student with a $1,000 scholarship check from Beverly Olson of Enumclaw's Allstate Insurance Company and answer a few questions from the crowd.

The autograph session will be open to individuals who obtained bracelets prior to the event.

The autograph signing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Kasey Kahne store at the Topping dealership..

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