What better way to celebrate National Police Week than to participate in a local 5k run/walk and gear challenge!
For the third year in a row, Marion Downtown and Marion Police Department are partnering together to raise awareness and support of our local law enforcement agencies. The annual event is set to take place Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8am in downtown Marion.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in the event by showing their support for Law Enforcement Officers - active, retired and fallen. To show support, folks are encouraged to run/walk for an officer. Each participant will have a badge that will include there officers name written on it. If someone wants to run for a specific person(s), they are encouraged to do so by specifying the individuals name when registering for the race.
This year's proceeds will go to help all our local agencies - our goal is to raise enough funding to help purchase items in need for children (children fingerprint ID cards, etc). "We want help the local officers - Marion PD, Chilhowie PD, Saltville PD, Smyth County Sheriff's Office, as well as state agencies including VSP and HMSP Law Enforcement," said Olivia McDonald, event coordinator. "I'd love to be able to provide everything they could ever need to do their job, but after receiving several suggestions on where to donate the money to, we decided it would be most beneficial to give back and help children," she added.
In addition, anyone who registers will be asked to donate a non-perishable item (case of bottled water, Cliff Bars, etc). McDonald plans on dividing up the donations and sending to all agencies in Smyth County to be used in case of emergencies.
The race will take place in front of the historic Smyth County Court House in downtown Marion and end at Holston Hills Community Golf Course. Registration for the race starts at 7:00am in front of the Court House Steps. The race will begin promptly at 8:00am, where participants will then make their way to the Golf Course. First, second and third place men, women and kids winners will receive metals as well as a gift certificate to one of the many great restaurants in downtown Marion. Shuttles will be available for participants to ride back to downtown once the race is completed. Participants are encouraged to enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants downtown after the race. Selected restaurants will have discounted prices available for Law Enforcement Officers who participate in the event!
In addition, participants will be able to compete in a "Dummy Drag" immediately following the race. Ever wonder how difficult it is to drag 150-170 lbs of dead weight? That's what a dummy drag consists of. Officers are required to do so during training, and it isn't as easy as it looks. Participants are encouraged to see how fast they can drag a fake body 30 yards across the grass. The person with the fastest time will receive an additional prize.
And that's not all! Officers are encouraged to participate in a gear challenge during the 5k race. As if running a 5k isn't difficult enough, Law Enforcement Officers are encouraged to run in full uniform, duty belt and all. That's an additional 20+ lbs of weight, and the officer who completes the 5k race in the shortest amount of time will receive a metal and prize!
Anyone who registers before May 1st will receive a BL5k t-shirt! Registration starts at 7am on the day of the event!
For questions or if you want to register for the event, contact Olivia McDonald at (276)783-4190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Smyth County Court House 109 West Main Street Marion, VA 24354