The 5K Race that kicks off The North Carolina
American Legion 7th Inning Stretch Festival each August will be a fund raiser this year
for the Road to Hope Bike Ride, a 529-mile annual ride from Shelby to Washington, DC,
each May. The ride ends at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which
lists the names of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty from as far back as
“King Construction and Personalize It!, a local Shelby screen printing, monogramming
and embroidery business, are the sponsors of this year’s 5K. Our Festival sponsors
make this entire event possible and the community’s response is heartening.”
The registration fee for runners and phantom runners is $25; veterans and law
enforcement officers who are runners will pay $15. Phantom runners will not receive
race T-shirts or race bags. The 2019 5K had 153 participants; the ALWS committee is
hoping that number doubles for 2020.
The ALWS is celebrating its 10 th anniversary in Shelby-Cleveland County this year. The
ALWS committee is planning various emphases and events to commemorate the
milestone, among them the fundraising effort for the Road to Hope Bike Ride.
The Road to Hope Bike Ride is a project of Law Enforcement United, which supports
programs that include Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Kids Camp, Young Adult
Camp, Outward Bound, college scholarships, retreats, training and counseling,
equipment grants and The Spirit of Blue Foundation.
For more information and registration forms for the 5K, visit 7thinningstretch.cc. The
2020 7th Inning Stretch Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8.
TO BE GUARANTEED A T-SHIRT AND RACE BAG (FIRST 200) YOU MUST REGISTER AND PAY BY JULY 31, 2020