The 6th Annual I-Drive 5k Run Donates to the YMCA for Scholarships
The 6th Annual I-Drive 5k Run, a 3.1 mile race that starts and ends at Pointe Orlando, raised $15,000 to benefit kids and families at the YMCA Aquatic Center, located in the International Drive corridor at 8422 International Drive. The check was presented by Pointe Orlando and International Drive Improvement District Representatives on June 11th at an Aquatic Center Board Meeting.
Pointe Orlando’s I-Drive 5k Presents $15,000 to YMCA Aquatic Center Lft to Right: Dinyar Mehta- YMCA Scholarship Chairman, Pete McClure- Pointe Orlando GM, Shannon Clayton-Pointe Orlando Marketing Director, Ana Murillo- I-Ride Trolley Representative, Steve Corrie, Executive Dir. YMCA Aquatic Center
The funds, raised by over 800 registered runners and event sponsors, will benefit kids and families by ensuring that swimming is an accessible and safe life long skill available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. The Central Florida YMCA is a leader in water safety and swimming programs and each year they teach more than 17,000 children how to swim. The I-Drive 5K Run began in 2002 and has since grown with over 1,300 attendees this year. Major sponsors include Pointe Orlando, International Drive Improvement District, Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, SeaWorld, Orange County Convention Center, ETC of Central Florida, Kiehl’s, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orange County Fire & Rescue.
The 6th Annual I-Drive 5K Run was held on May 10, 2008. This 3.1-mile course took runners (and walkers!) through the heart of the International Drive Resort area. Prizes included I-Drive Fun Packages with attraction tickets, gift certificates, merchandise and more!
A commemorative t-shirt was given to each runner along with gift bags of merchandise and special offers from Orlando's tourism and hospitality community. Proceeds from the run benefit the International Drive YMCA Aquatic & Family Center Scholarship Fund.
The Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center, which is one of the largest and well-known 50-meter world record facilities in the country, has been the training site for many of our country's Olympic athletes and nationally competitive teams since 1994. The Aquatics Center is home to Team Orlando Diving, which has led the United States in diving excellence for 20 years and was US Diving’s Junior National Championship Team six times within the past ten years.