Shoney’s is stepping up for Nashville’s premiere annual event—the 11th Annual Shoney’s 5k Fun Run & Festival—which provides 100 percent of proceeds to its hometown men and women in blue: the Nashville Police Department.

On Saturday, May 18 at Nissan Stadium, the day will start with a 5K run followed by a kids’ fun run, which has become a Nashville family tradition. The event will feature a FREE festival with activities for the entire family. The 5K Family Fun Run & FREE Festival will be based in Nissan Stadium’s Lot T, which is adjacent to the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.  Parking is available in Lot R, across from Lot T.

“For more than 70 years, Shoney’s has been about food, family and fun and without our police officers, none of those things would be possible,” says Shoney’s Chairman and CEO Mr. Davoudpour, who for the past ten years has personally matched all funds for the event, which has raised more than $200,000 for the MNPD, and has also fed all participants a Shoney’s Legendary Breakfast Fresh Food Bar during that time. “I am absolutely committed to our hometown of Nashville and the men and women in blue who keep our city safe and I can’t wait to roll out the Shoney’s red carpet for them and all of our valued families in Music City.”

Registration for the run will begin at 7 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8 a.m. The 3.1-mile scenic run starts and ends on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and is highlighted by parts of historic downtown, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Musica Statue and Music Row.  There will be a Kids’ Fun Run/Walk following the race at 9 a.m. All times are CST. A registration form is available at

MNPD’s own Sgt. Clifton Knight is a special guest and will be performing the national anthem.

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