Shoney's 5K Family Fun Run & Walk, Benefiting MNPD, Set for Saturday, June 21
April 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Steve Anderson and Shoney’s CEO David Davoudpour today announced that the 6th Annual Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival benefiting the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department will be held on Saturday morning, June 21st, at LP Field.
“As part of our absolute commitment to Nashville, Shoney’s is thrilled to continue its sponsorship of this premier event that unites runners and families from across the region as we raise money for the Nashville Police Support Fund,” said Davoudpour. “We are looking forward to an exciting day of exercise, fun and fellowship.”
The Nashville Police Support Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, was established primarily to help defray costs for officers working to complete higher education degrees. Through the generosity of Shoney’s CEO Davoudpour, who personally matches entry fees dollar for dollar, more than $108,000 has been raised for the fund since the 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival began in 2009. Sixteen officers received higher education grants from the fund last fall, the first year distributions were made.
“A major benefit of the annual Shoney’s Fun Run & Festival is that it helps to strengthen the bond between the police department and families as officers showcase a variety of resources, including a helicopter, police horses, SWAT gear, Bomb Disposal Robot and specially equipped vehicles,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “We are deeply grateful to David Davoudpour for his support of the police department and sponsoring this event year after year.”
The Family Fun Run & Festival will be based in LP Field’s Lot T, which is adjacent to the Shelby Street Bridge. Registration for the run will begin at 7 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8 a.m. The 3.1 mile route includes parts of downtown. There will be a Kids’ Fun Run/Walk following the race. A registration form accompanies this media release. A form is also available by logging onto: www.shoneys5krun.com.
At the conclusion of the 5K, a full buffet breakfast will be served in Lot T as part of one of the best post-race festivals in the city. The festival will feature live music, random drawings, the display of police vehicles & equipment, and special activities for children (face painting, giant inflatables, games, a balloon artist and an appearance by Shoney Bear).
Prizes for the 5K top finishers in the male and female categories are $500 cash. Male and female first place winners in each age category will receive a $25 Shoney’s gift card. Second place winners in each age category will receive a $10 Shoney’s gift card. The age categories include 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 55-59, 60 and up.