Thrill seekers scale Bristol Motor Speedway for charity


Thrill seekers from across the region were at Bristol Motor Speedway today for a great cause. 
“Over the Edge” returned to The Last Great Colosseum after an exhilarating and successful 2018 edition, where members of the community participated to help raise money for the YWCA and the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell even took the pledge and rappelled down the iconic 10-story Bristol elevator tower.

This year, 2012 NHRA Pro Stock world champion and Greeneville resident Allen Johnson will go over the edge with the individual who raises the most amount of money to the cause.

The organizations are partnering up for the second annual “Over The Edge” event, a unique and adrenaline-inducing experience that will provide a new perspective of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Participants will have the chance to traverse the sides of buildings like Spider-Man, rappelling down the iconic Bristol elevator tower – and the best part? It’s all for a great cause. 

Kathy Waugh the CEO of the YWCA said,

“There’s probably about forty to fifty that are repelling today and the weathers held out. We’ve got sunshine we were a little worried about the rain.”

That rain not stopping those who rappelled Saturday.

All proceeds will benefit the two charitable organizations. Over the Edge, a professional rappelling organization that has raised over $70 million for charities since 2008, will lead the event. OTE will provide all the necessary equipment and expertise. All ages have successfully rappelled from early teens to guests in their 80’s.

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