A nighttime family fun race will close two Mt. Juliet roadways on Saturday. From 8 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m., Golden Bear Gateway will be closed from Mt. Juliet High School to Clemmons Road, and Clemmons Road will be closed from Curd Road to East Division Street.
According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, officers will be on-hand to ensure residents can get to and from homes located in the closed sections. Through traffic will not be allowed on the closed roadways.
The Race for the Fallen will begin at 8 p.m. - or after sunset - on Saturday and will necessitate the road closures for the safety of participants. Mt. Juliet High School will serve as the start and end point for the race.
Hosted by the Tennessee Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the second annual glow run/walk was created to honor the dedicated members of law enforcement who risk their lives each day to protect their communities. It is the signature fundraiser for PBA chapters across the country.
The local race, organized by Wilson County Sheriff's Office Sgt. James Lanier, drew more than 500 runners last year and raised more than $9,000.
"We hope this event is even larger and more successful than last year's race," Lanier, who serves as TN PBA vice president and as president of the PBA Andrew Jackson Chapter, said. "This is a tribute to those officers who have fallen in the line of duty. This is our way of honoring those officers and their families."
The PBA fundraiser kicked off Sunday with Wilson County law Enforcement Day at the Mt. Juliet Worship Center, where the congregation and guests contributed almost $2,000 in addition to providing lunch for law enforcement officers and their families from across the county. Wilson County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Don Willis, assistant pastor at the church, organized the tribute, putting together a video of all the officers killed in the line of duty this year as well as providing music and entertainment for officers and their families. Other speakers included Sheriff Robert Bryan, Pastor Danny Sellars, FOP Chaplain Sam Weatherly, MJPD Chief James Hambrick, Lanier, WCSO Lt. Scott Moore, Cpl. Emy Bates and others.
For more information on the Race for the Fallen Glow Run, visit http://ow.ly/O96D8.