Sunday, September 9th, the Chattanooga Market will host the 5th annual Run of Honor 8k and 1 mile run, held to honor the public servants of our community. Organized this year by the Chattanooga Track Club, the run will raise money for two deserving causes.
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 in 2014. “The inclusion of the National Cemetery brings it all home,” Thomas added.
Opening ceremonies will be at 7:45am Sunday morning, with the national anthem being sung by Jason Lyles. The community is invited to attend, even if not participating in the race. Gathering and cheering for race participants is encouraged along Main Street and at Finley Stadium for the finish.
Proceeds from the Run of Honor will benefit the Sergeant Tim Chapin Scholarship Fund. Sergeant 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. Registration will be available the day of the race beginning at 6:30am-7:30am, with the race start time at 8am. Major award winners will receive custom pottery “trophies” designed by Market vendor, Windy Hill Pottery, and other commemorative awards will go to various age groups – all immediately following the race.