Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch has 5K race, food, fun to raise funds

Daniel McFee at Citizens Police Academy

Oak Ridge Community Resource Officer Daniel McFee is pictured above during a presentation on bicycle and motorcycle officers during a Citizens Police Academy.

The Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program will host a 5K race and community event on April 20 to raise funds for the program.

The race will begin and end on Badger Avenue behind the American Museum of Science and Energy. It will start at 8:30 a.m. and the fun, food, and games will begin at 10 a.m., immediately after the race awards ceremony, a city press release said.

The Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program began in 2005 with Sgt. Shannah Newman partnered with a handful of citizens, the release said. The program has since grown to about 1,000 members, 180 blocks, 21 districts, and an executive board of citizen volunteers.

“These dedicated residents are very active in crime prevention and caring for their neighbors,” the press release said. “The ORNWP works very closely with the police department to find long-term solutions to community concerns.”

Parking for this event will be available in the lower half of the museum parking lot and at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. To register for the race, or to get more information about the event, visit neighborhoodwatch5k.com or on Facebook.

The press release said sponsorship opportunities are available. If interested, contact Oak Ridge Community Resource Officer Daniel McFee at [email protected] or (865) 556-6696 or visit the city’s website at www.oakridgetn.gov.

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