All of Nashville Invited to the 8th Annual Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run & Festiva

Chief Steve Anderson and Shoney’s CEO David Davoudpour today announced that the 8th Annual Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival benefiting the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department will be held on Saturday morning, May 7th, at Nissan Stadium.

“Shoney’s is proudly committed to Nashville and the men and women who keep this city safe,” said Davoudpour.  “We are thrilled to continue sponsoring this premier event that unites families and runners from across the region 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, nearly $150,000 has been raised for the fund since the 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival began in 2009.  Fifty-one higher education grants have been awarded from the fund over the past three years.

“The Shoney’s Fun Run & Festival is a great family event that affords an opportunity for folks of all ages to meet Nashville’s police officers while viewing a variety of our resources, including a helicopter, police horses, SWAT gear, bomb disposal robot and specially equipped vehicles,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “Even if a 5k run/walk isn’t for you, please consider sponsoring someone from your neighborhood or church and join us for the festival.”

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 8 a.m. and the 5K will start at 9 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:  www.shoneys5krun.com.

The entry fee is $25 through the end of this month (REGISTER TODAY!); $30 April 1-May 6; 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.