What brings over 150 students, officers, teachers, parents, etc. to Salemburg, NC on a Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm? What else but the North Carolina Justice Academy’s 2nd Annual Run Like You’re Guilty 5K. This year’s runners and walkers included Hobbton Middle School cheerleaders, Lakewood High School JROTC students, Tarheel ChalleNGe Cadets and DMV License & Theft students along with many others from the community. Runners traveled from Raleigh, Wilmington, Elizabethtown, and Fayetteville. One participant was from California; he happened to hear about it while visiting family in the area.
“The cheerleaders and I enjoyed participating in the 5k yesterday! Knowing we were helping service members and their families helped us appreciate the opportunity to help others. The beautiful weather made the experience even more enjoyable. We hope to make participating in this event a tradition! Please let us know when the race is scheduled for next year,” said Rue Lee-Holmes, the Hobbton Middle Cheer Coach. That was pretty much the consensus from everyone we talked to. It was a great way to pay tribute to those who have given so much and also enjoy fellowshipping and exercising with others. Over $2600 was donated to the cause, Hope For The Warriors®.
Wayne Ayers, Deputy Director at NCJA, said “This event is only possible because of the many NCJA volunteers, the sponsors, and the participants. This year’s sponsors were: Town of Salemburg; Friends of NCJA; Joe Warren’s Service Center; Ace Services; NC Farm Bureau Agent John McLamb; NC Law Enforcement Training Officers Association; PNC Bank; Salem Pizza; Salemburg Grill; Sheriff Jimmy Thornton and That Donut Place. Also, NCJA appreciates Tarheel ChalleNGe Cadets directing traffic and presenting the colors; Sampson County Deputies and Sampson County Emergency Management.”
NCJA Director Mark Strickland said, “I cannot be more thrilled by the success and of the 2nd Annual Run Like You’re Guilty 5k. The community support of this event was tremendous. Several participants mentioned to me they are already looking forward to next year’s race.”
Tristan Grant from Tarheel Heel Challenge came in overall male first place with a time of 20:39, followed by Grayson Campbell and Christian Quintero. Overall first place female winner was Heather Faircloth with a time of 27:57. Second place overall female was Amanda Bradshaw and third place was Jasmine Brown. Other results can be found at: http://ncja.ncdoj.gov/5K.aspx.