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10th Annual Shoney's 5K Family Fun Run & Festival Benefiting Officer Scholarships Set for Saturday, May 5



Chief Steve Anderson and Shoney’s CEO David Davoudpour today announced that the 10th Annual Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival benefiting the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department will be held on Saturday morning, May 5th, at Nissan Stadium.      

“For a decade, Shoney’s has been tremendously proud to show its commitment to Nashville and the men and women who keep our families safe,” said Davoudpour.  “It is my sincere hope that folks from across the city will join us for this 10th annual Family Fun Run & Festival as we raise money for the Nashville Police Support Fund.”         

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 $177,000 has been raised for the fund since the 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival began in 2009.  Seventy higher education grants totaling $90,570 have been awarded from the fund over the past five years.       

“This is an important event in the life of our police department in that it gives a chance for families to interact with our officers in a relaxed, fun environment,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “We will have a number of our resources on display, including a helicopter, SWAT gear, a bomb disposal robot, police horses, and specially equipped vehicles.  All of that is on top of a great Shoney’s breakfast that will be served on site.  We are very grateful to David Davoudpour for sponsoring this tradition for the past ten years.”     

The Family Fun Run & Festival will be based in Nissan Stadium’s Lot T, which is adjacent to the Seigenthaler Pedestrian 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 is available by logging onto:     

The entry fee is $25 through the end of March.  The fee is $30 April 1-May 4; and $35 on the day of the event.  Teams of 3 or more are $20 per person.  The entry fee for students (ages 11-18) is $5.  Kids 10 & under are free.      

At the conclusion of the 5K, a 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, 60 and up. 



Shoney's 5K Family Fun Run & Festival