“Run Like You’re Guilty” is exactly what over 100 participants did in Salemburg on Thursday, October 25, 2012 when the North Carolina Justice Academy hosted its first annual Charity 5K run/walk to benefit Hope For The Warriors®.
Sponsored by the Town of Salemburg, Friends of NCJA, Ace Services, Jim’s Pawn Shop, Joe Warren Service Center, Merritt’s Restaurant & Grill, NC Law Enforcement Training Officers Association and Salem Pizza, the event helped raise over $3,000 for the charity. Not only did the event help support our warriors, it also provided a time for the community and staff of NCJA to work together toward a common goal. Everyone seemed to enjoy the picture perfect day.
Runners Jonathan and Jennifer Fisher said, “We ran in the race because it was a great way to raise money for Hope For the Warriors® and we also used it as a personal kick-off to start living a healthier lifestyle by exercising more. Now we just have to continue the regimen.”
The First Lady of Salemburg, Mrs. Pauline Strickland, was thrilled to have the race in her hometown. She said it was the first 5K event to be held in Salemburg but she hoped it definitely was not the last.
Hope For The Warriors® representative, Justein Henry, was also at the 5K. She was excited to see so many people involved and reminded everyone that the mission of Hope For the Warriors® is to “to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.”
Mark Strickland, NCJA Director, was very pleased with the event. He said, “It just goes to show what happens when everyone works together. It took a lot of people to make this event happen. Not only did the staff members work hard, but we could not have done it without Tarheel Challenge, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Sampson County Emergency Medical Services and our sponsors. I am grateful for each of the agencies and businesses that helped us ‘Run Like We’re Guilty’. All I have heard is positive comments and ‘When will you be doing this again?’ Hopefully, it will become an annual event.”
The results of the race can be found on the NC Justice Academy’s website at: http://ncja.ncdoj.gov/5K.aspx and pictures on the NCJA Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ncjusticeacademy.”