Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run & Walk raises $17K for Metro officers

Shoney's 5K begins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The 7th annual Shoney’s 5K Family Fun Run & Walk raised $17,000 Saturday to benefit the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Entry fees from the event benefit the Nashville Police Support Fund, which helps defray costs for officers working to complete higher education degrees.

“Shoney’s is absolutely committed to Nashville and the men and women who keep our city safe,” said Shoney’s CEO David 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.”

Davoudpour personally matches entry fees raised by the event dollar for dollar.

An estimated $130,000 has been raised for the fund since the race began in 2009.

“The Shoney’s Fun Run & Festival has proven to be 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.

“We are extremely grateful to Shoney’s for sponsoring this event for the seventh consecutive year,” he added.

The post-race festival featured live music, random drawings, the display of police vehicles and equipment, and special activities for children.

This year’s winners included Lydia Kosgei and Scott Weitecha. Both received $500 a piece.

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