On April 20, 2013 the Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program will host a 5K race and community event to raise funds for the program. The race will begin and end on Badger Ave behind the American Museum of Science and Energy. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. and the fun, food, and games will begin at 10:00 am immediately following the race awards ceremony.

The Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program (ORNWP) began in 2005 with Sergeant Shannah Newman partnered with a handful of citizens. The program has since grown to approximately 1000 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 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 www.neighborhoodwatch5k.com or on Facebook.

Many sponsorship opportunities are available. If interested, contact Community Resource Officer Daniel McFee dmcfee@oakridgetn.gov or (865) 556-6696, visit the city’s website at www.oakridgetn.gov.  

News media contact: Candice Brogan at (865) 425-3546 or cbrogan@oakridgetn.gov.