Thousands of runners laced up their shoes to participate in the 19th annual Boulevard Bolt, which raises money for area homeless.
The five-mile race, organized by volunteers, is a collaborative effort of Immanuel Baptist Church, St. George's Episcopal Church and The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville.
Since 1994, the Boulevard Bolt has grown from 2,500 participants to over 8,200 participants in 2011 and ranks among the largest five-mile races in the country, according to the event's Web site.
For the Clippenger family, the run is an annual event.
“It's become a great tradition and it's a great cause and we will keep doing it as long as we can,” Kevin Clippinger said.
Since beginning, the annual Boulevard Bolt has donated approximately $2 million to the homeless community in Nashville.
Organizers said more than 8,500 people participated in Thursday's event.
For more information on the Boulevard Bolt, visit BoulevardBolt.org.