CORBIN — The third annual 5-0 5K run/walk will be held this Saturday in downtown Corbin starting at 8 a.m.
The 5-0 5K is a fundraiser held by the Corbin Police Department in an effort to raise money used for Shop With a Cop later this year. The Shop With a Cop program helps provide Christmas for underprivileged children in the community.
The 5-0 5K was created three years ago when Rusty Hedrick first became Corbin Police Chief.
"Three years ago when I became chief, I was looking for something that we could do to benefit the children in our area, "said Hedrick. "We teamed up with Walmart to participate in Shop With a Cop. That led us to trying to come up with fundraisers, which led us to doing the 5K."
One hundred percent of the proceeds collected from this year's run will be used for this year's Shop with a Cop. Hedrick said the Corbin Police Department has been looking for other ways to raise money for this year's event. "This year in addition to the 5K we've raised money by having the police [department] vs. fire [department] basketball game, and we've had officers bag groceries at the Falls Road Kroger location for a day to raise donations."
The Corbin Police Department was able to raise around $13,000 for last year's Shop With a Cop. Ninety kids participated, and though that number was lower than the previous year, Hedrick said each kid was allotted more of the money raised.
Anyone wishing to donate but are unable to make this year's 5K are still encouraged to do so. Hedrick said those folks can still make contributions by writing a check to the Corbin Police Department for the 5-0 5K or Shop with a Cop. Checks can be dropped off at the Corbin Police Department.
Those still wishing to participate in this year's race who haven't signed up may register the day of the race. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and will be located near the starting line, behind One Hour Cleaners on Main Street