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Salvation Army of Kingsport plans 5K Red Shield Run

Contributed • Mar 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM

The Salvation Army of Kingsport will host the Second Annual Red Shield Run on Saturday, April 7. Last year’s inaugural event welcomed beautiful weather and about 70 runners.

This year’s 5K run/walk will begin at 10 a.m., April 7 at Warriors’ Path State Park and will include live music, area food trucks and a lap around Duck Island. Organizer and advisory board member Neesha Shah says the event is a family-friendly activity open to all.

“We want this 5K to appeal to the avid runner as well as the beginner,” Shah said.

The Salvation Army of Kingsport provides a variety of programs and services year-round to benefit under-served individuals in the Kingsport area. In 2017, the agency provided 39,547 meals through its Community Kitchen and distributed 2,405 food orders to low-income and distressed populations. The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter is open 365 days per year and provided 6,711 nights of shelter last year to the homeless in the Kingsport community. Those in need of clothing can receive a voucher good at The Salvation Army Family Store through their social service office.

“Many people think of us mostly at Christmas. But our doors are open all year, offering services that meet human needs without discrimination,” reports Major Joseph May, Corps Officer of the Kingsport unit. “When people see the Red Shield, they know they will find help and hope.”

The Salvation Army, located at 505 Dale Street, conducts a dynamic Character Building Program for children and youth ages 6 to 18. This summer, approximately 30 of these young people will have the opportunity to attend The Salvation Army’s Camp Paradise Valley on beautiful Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky. In addition, weekly worship services and discipleship programs are conducted for youth and adults.

Events such as the Second Annual Red Shield Run are important to the future of the Kingsport organization, May said.

“As federal grants change their focus and operational dollars continue to decline, groups like The Salvation Army of Kingsport have to be more creative in their fundraising. The Second Annual Red Shield Run will allow the community to learn more about our services and programs and give them an opportunity to support a great cause,” he explained.

Pre-registration will be open until March 30, and the $25 fee includes an event T-shirt. On the day of the race, the fee is $30 per runner. Runners can register at www.runtricities.org. More information about the Second Annual Red Shield Run can be found on Facebook at The Salvation Army of Greater Kingsport or by contacting Shah at (423) 247-1122.

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