MINT HILL – One Mint Hill school has again partnered with the Mint Hill Police Department to ensure local law enforcement officers are getting the support and appreciation they deserve.
May 11 to 17 marks National Police Week – that’s why the Connections Club at Queen’s Grant High School, under the direction of office manager Robyn Marlin, and leaders at the Mint Hill Police Department will host the second annual Soles to Remember 5K Run and Walk to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
“I wanted to do something in the community of Mint Hill that recognized police officers that have given the ultimate sacrifice,” Sgt. Michael Gainey with the Mint Hill Police Department said. Gainey is the founder of the event, which kicked off last year. “This gives people a way to sit back and remember that police officers have been killed in the line of duty trying to protect us.”
This year’s event will be held Saturday, May 17, and will start at the Pine Lake Country Club, 5540 Lebanon Road. Registration and check-in will start at 7 a.m., and the run/walk will start at 8 a.m. Pre-registration, which will end Saturday, May 10, costs $25 and includes a T-shirt and goody bag. Registration after May 10 is $35, and does not ensure participants a T-shirt and goody bag. Visit www.solestoremember.org to register and find more information, including a map of the race.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s mission is to honor all United States’ law enforcement heroes, including both those who have died in the line of duty and those who currently serve. The fund supports the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., in addition to also funding research for strides in law enforcement education and safety.
Last year’s inaugural Soles to Remember event brought in $8,000 for the cause, Gainey said, and about 130 participants.
“That was a big surprise,” he said. “I had a personal goal of $3,000. Even with the runners, I had a goal of
Gainey has increased his goals this year and hopes to see about 200 runners and an overall donation of $10,000. He hopes extra advertising through the event’s website and Facebook page, support from the event’s presenting sponsors Papa John’s, NANZORIGINAL and AeroDyn Wind Tunnel and almost a full year’s worth of preparation will help meet his goals.
“Last year, we had about eight weeks to put it together,” Marlin, with Queen’s Grant High School, said. “As soon as last year’s race was over, we started preparing for this year’s race.”
Marlin said Queen’s Grant jumped at the opportunity to not only support law enforcement, but also to partner with the Mint Hill Police Department. The school loves the support Mint Hill police provide in not only their school community, but also throughout Mint Hill, Marlin said.
Queen’s Grant students have been hard at work securing items to be raffled off at the event, which also will include vendors and some other fun things, Marlin said.
Additionally, Queen’s Grant students have been raising money all year through Jeans Day fundraisers, Marlin added, giving all students a chance to participate in the cause.
“That way as a student body, even those that are not athletic, are able to participate,” she said. “I think when you have law enforcement putting their lives on the line to keep us safe – I think it’s a worthwhile cause, and it helps the students to know and understand that’s still part of our