Emergency responders gearing up for first-ever event

Abigail Gibson

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Emergency Responders are gearing up for their first-ever 5K race set for August 19.


Police, fire and public safety departments are partnering together in an effort to give back to the community. The theme for the race will be Cuffs and Hoses.


All proceeds will benefit community outreach programs for schools throughout Pike County.


“We want to do our part to help provide school supplies for underprivileged children in our school district,” Pikeville Police Chief Chris Edmonds said.


Law enforcement officers, firefighters and community members will gather teams of four and challenge one another to the finish line. Times will be recorded when the last team member crosses the finish line. All emergency personnel are encouraged to participate.


In addition, those avid runners across eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia are urged to take part.


The race will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Johnson Stage in downtown Pikeville.


Winners will be awarded in all age groups. Registration is $25 per participant. Those who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt and medal.


The course will be marked by responders’ vehicles.


“We want to look at ways we can reach out to the community and become more involved,” he added. “It’s also an opportunity to meet those who protect and serve.”


Registration forms are available at City Hall in Pikeville and Bartley Weight Loss located at 7307 N. Mayo Trail, Pikeville.