Upcoming 5K supports children of local law enforcement

PELHAM – Proceeds from an upcoming 5K at Oak Mountain State Park will benefit a scholarship fund for the children of local law enforcement officers, according to Scott Moulton, division manager at Hometown Lenders in Hoover.

The Hometown Heroes Superhero 5K, hosted by Hometown Lenders in Hoover, will take place at OMSP on Saturday, April 15. Moulton said the goal of the 5K is to raise enough money to provide 10 students with $2,000 scholarships.

“A little while ago we (Hometown Lenders) started providing lunch for different police stations in the area once a week as a way to show our support and to thank them for their service and we wanted to find a way to thank their families, too,” Moulton said. “We thought what better way to help than to help offset the cost of one of life’s biggest expenses: college.”

Moulton said Hometown Lenders is planning to host a 5K every six months to raise money for the scholarship fund.

“So far we’ve had a great response from local corporations to sponsor event,” Moulton said. “We’re planning to make the scholarship program an annual thing.”

On-site registration starts at 6:45 a.m. on April 15 at the area near the beach, and the race begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the race. Participants are encouraged to wear superhero costumes for the race, but it’s not required.

At about 9 a.m., there will be an Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Drop where 10,000 Easter eggs held aloft by a utility truck will be dropped for children to collect. The egg drop costs $5 for children of all ages.

There also will be food trucks, vendors, inflatables, face painting and a dunking booth. Runners can register online at 9897171.com or Runsignup.com.

Moulton said applications for the scholarship program are due by May 1. The program is open to children of law enforcement officers in Shelby, Jefferson, Chilton, St. Clair and Tuscaloosa counties.

Moulton said scholarship applications are given to guidance counselors at the different schools and applications are sent via email to local law enforcement agencies. Applications can also be obtained by contacting Hometown Lenders at 989-7171.

“The applications are reviewed by professors from local colleges and they decide who will receive a scholarship. There isn’t a GPA requirement, but the scholarships will be awarded to students with the highest qualifications.”