National Night Out is promoting more than just community crime prevention. New this year is a way to get active and raise money for a worthy cause.


National Night Out is promoting more than just community crime prevention. New this year is a way to get active and raise money for a worthy cause.



Jacksonville’s Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Mike Yaniero announced this year the agency’s NNO committee is adding a 5K run and walk, dubbed “Running with the Law,” to NNO 2013. The race begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Jacksonville Commons Middle School.



“We are excited to add a 5K race to National Night Out to enhance the event’s efforts to promote cooperative police and community crime prevention,” Yaniero said.



Proceeds from the race will benefit the North Carolina Special Olympics, which JPD officials say has shared a long relationship with the department.



Those wishing to participate are encouraged to dress up in a “bad guy” costume and run.



Race packets can be picked up at 100 Recreation Lane, the Jacksonville Commons Administration Building, or at City Hall located at 815 New Bridge St.



Early registration costs $20 and must be paid at City Hall by cash or a check made out to National Night Out.



Registration the day-of costs $30 at the middle school and takes places between 7 and 7:45 a.m. Check-in also takes place at that time.



National Night Out 2013 will kick off with the 5K, but the majority of its activities will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Riverwalk Park in downtown Jacksonville.



Free entertainment, bike raffles, fireworks, vendors and more will be provided to the public.



For more information on the “Running with the Law” 5K, visit the Jacksonville Police Department Facebook page.