Record Number of Runners Participated on Saturday, May 7; Annual Event Has Raised Nearly $180,000 in 8 Years for Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
For nearly 70 years, Nashville-based Shoney’s has been known for family, food and fun. This past Saturday morning May 7th at Nissan Stadium, there were plenty of families, all kinds of great food and endless fun at the 8th Annual Shoney’s 5k Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival, which raised $17,000 for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD).
Hundreds of participants – a record number – gathered on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to compete in the scenic 5K while hundreds more came to LP Field to celebrate Nashville’s men and women in blue at the annual Fun Run & Festival, which featured a complimentary Shoney’s Legendary Breakfast Buffet and incredible live entertainment by Soul Confidant, the winner of Shoney’s inaugural Band Selection contest.
Shoney’s Chairman and CEO Mr. David Davoudpour, who runs each year, graciously sponsored the event and as he has done in the past, personally matched all money raised through race registrations dollar for dollar. Several beneficiaries of previous Shoney’s 5K Fun Runs were on hand and personally sought out Davoudpour to thank him.
“Nashville is a premier international and cosmopolitan city and under the leadership of Chief Anderson, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has worked hard to make Nashville the safest city in America, a great place to live, to do business and to raise a family,” said Mr. Davoudpour.
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson and a host of the MNPD’s officers were on hand to oversee the event and thank its organizers. Tennessee Titans RB/WR Dexter McCluster served as the event’s official starter, MNPD Sgt. Clifton Knight performed a touching rendition of the national anthem prior to the race, followed by dozens of cadets running together with hundreds of others.
“David’s generosity and Shoney’s support of the MNPD is without equal and is truly appreciated,” said Chief Anderson. “Shoney’s helps make Nashville the thriving city it is and this event benefits our officers with higher education opportunities they might not otherwise have. This event gets better every year and we could not be more thankful.”
One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds benefit the Nashville Police Support Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund provides tuition assistance to police officers seeking social-science related college degrees. Nearly $180,000 has been raised by Shoney’s over the past eight years.
The male and female winners of the 5K, Scott Wietecha and Lydia Kosgei each received $500.
Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company with approximately 150 restaurants in 16 states. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit www.shoneys.com for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter @Shoneys, Instagram and YouTube.