[dropcap style=”square”]O[/dropcap]n Sunday, September 6th, the Chattanooga Market will host the Second-Annual Run of Honor 8k and 1 mile run, held to honor the public servants of our community. Organized in partnership with the Rock City Lodge #22 Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Market plans to raise money for two deserving causes.
[pullquote]”The impetus of the fundraiser was to recognize those who serve our country and support their families” –Chris Thomas, co-organizer[/pullquote]The Run of Honor is Chattanooga’s only 8k USATF certified course, and a scenic one at that. The start of the race takes place out front of the Chattanooga Market (at the corner of Finley Stadium) and encircles the National Cemetery by way of historic Main Street, then ends at Finley Stadium – right on the 50 yard line. “The impetus of the fundraiser was to recognize those who serve our country and support their families”, said Chris Thomas who worked with Chattanooga Police Officer John Collins in organizing the inaugural run last year. “The inclusion of the National Cemetery will bring it all home”, Thomas added.
Proceeds from the Run of Honor will benefit the Sgt. Tim Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Chapin, a former member of the Rock City Lodge FOP, was known for his integrity, honesty and service to the community prior to losing his life in the line of duty. The Fund was set up to provide financial assistance for an achieving student of an active parent/guardian of Rock City Lodge #22. Members could not think of a better way to honor him than to offer a scholarship in his name.
Additionally, the race will equally benefit the Fort Campbell Fisher House which is home to many families who are in need of a place to live while their loved one is receiving medical care from a VA or military medical center. Completely handicap accessible and equipped with all the comforts of home, the Fisher House has been in operation since June of 2006 and serves around 100 families per year.
Registration for the run is available ONLINE, and other information as well as the course map is available at RunOfHonor.org.