KPD Freedom 5K kicks off July 4

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Knoxville’s Independence Day celebration will kick off with the KPD’s Freedom 5K.

Registration for the event is already open for $25 by clicking here. If you choose to wait until the day of the event (July 4), registration will begin at the Knoxville Police Department at 7 a.m. The 5K is open to people of all ages, and those 10 and under can participate for free. Minor participants must have parental/guardian signatures.

The route is below. It is the same as last year, intended to be easy enough for casual runners while at the same time offering challenges to those more heavily involved in that activity.

This is the second year for the 5K, with around 75 participants waiting until the day of the event to register in 2018. Proceeds from last year’s event aided the KPD in making a $1,000 donation to Thrive Knoxville.

Lt. Aaron Fuller and Officer Kyle Keller with the KPD say that they would like to see the proceeds from this 5K, and those in the future, be used for scholarships for KHS students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Registration concludes at 7:45 a.m. July 4, at which time members of the VFW, American Legion and Boy Scouts will host a flag raising. Members of the Knoxville Middle School band will play the National Anthem. Mayor Brian Hatch will say a few words, as will Fuller, before a volley of three is shot by veterans to kick off the race.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the July 4 ceremonies. The Knoxville Fire Department will host a pancake breakfast after the flag raising, and Carin Yoga will be held on the lawn of the First United Methodist Church at 8:45. This sets off the full day of activities, in the schedule below.

Look for more on this year’s Fourth of July celebration here and in the print edition of the Marion County Tribune.