Including Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville, and Whitetop

Smyth County


Marion Downtown & Marion Police Department to Host

Second Annual Blue Line 5k Run/Walk and Gear Run


Following the success of last year's inaugural Blue Line 5k Run/Walk and Gear Challenge, Marion Downtown and Marion Police Department are once again making plans to raise awareness of law enforcement by hosting a 5k run/walk and gear challenge on Saturday, May 21st at 8:30am.


Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in the event by showing their support for Law Enforcement Officers - active, retired and fallen. To show support, folks are encouraged to run/walk for an officer. Each participant will have a badge that will include there officers name written on it. If someone wants to run for a specific person(s), they are encouraged to do so by specifying the individuals name when registering for the race.


The race will take place in front of the historic Smyth County Court House in downtown Marion and end at Holston Hills Community Golf Course. Registration for the race starts at 7:30am on the Court House Steps. The race will begin promptly at 8:30am, where participants will then make their way to the Golf Course. First, second and third place men and women winners will receive metals as well as a gift certificate to one of the many great restaurants in downtown Marion. Shuttles will be available for participants to ride back to downtown once the race is completed. Participants are encouraged to enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants downtown after the race. Selected restaurants will have discounted prices available for Law Enforcement Officers who participate in the event.


For ages 12 and under, there will be a 1K race at Holston Hills Community Golf Course, immediately following the 5k Run. Winners will receive metals and gift cards.


In addition, participants will be able to compete in a "Dummy Drag" immediately following the race. Ever wonder how difficult it is to drag 150-170 lbs of dead weight? That's what a dummy drag consists of. Officers are required to do so during training, and it isn't as easy as it looks. Participants are encouraged to see how fast they can drag a fake body 30 yards across the grass. The person with the fastest time will receive an additional prize.


And that's not all! Officers are encouraged to participate in a gear challenge during the 5k race. As if running a 5k isn't difficult enough, Law Enforcement Officers are encouraged to run in full uniform, duty belt and all. That's an additional 20+ lbs of weight, and the officer who completes the 5k race in the shortest amount of time will receive a metal and prize!


Proceeds from the race will go to the national Adopt-A-Cop foundation and Marion Downtown Revitalization Association, Inc.


As part of the "Adopt-A-Cop" program, folks are encouraged to adopt an officer for the year.  Officers know the importance of back up all too well. Nothing is more comforting than hearing the sounds of a distant siren coming to help regardless of the color of the uniform or department name. "For an officer, to know that you're in someone's prayers is a relief, if even for a second," said Olivia McDonald, executive director of Marion Downtown and event coordinator. "We're wanting to do something different to let our community LEO's know that they're life's matter - that those who have sworn to protect and serve are always in our thoughts and prayers." The Adopt-A-Cop program will allow individuals to adopt an officer - they are encouraged to pray for them, send them thank-you notes and even care packages if able. "Their jobs are tough, and they don't get the support or appreciation they deserve," McDonald added. "I'm wanting the community to stand together and show their support for our community officers - no matter the circumstance."


For questions or if you want to register for the event, contact Olivia McDonald at (276)783-4190 or email


You can also register online at:


Admission for the race is as follows:

General Admission (Ages 13+) - $20.00

Police Officer Admission - $10.00

Children 1k Admission (Ages 12 and under) - $10.00


You MUST register by May 6th in order to guarantee a t-shirt


Donations are also accepted for the national Adopt-A-Cop Organization as well as Marion Downtown Revitalization Association, Inc.

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