RiverDogs to host 9th annual 'Run, Forrest, Run' 5K race

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Fans of the Charleston RiverDogs may not be able to steal a base or run for a touchdown like Forrest Gump, but they can lace up their running shoes at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park for the 9th Annual 'Run Forrest Run 5K Race' presented by Bubba Gump Shrimp Company on Saturday, May 19 at 5 p.m.

The course is TAC certified and features split times at each mile marker with chip timing for quick and accurate results.

Proceeds from the event benefit the MUSC Storm Eye Institute.

“The race is fun for all ages and caters to every type of participant,” said RiverDogs Special Events Director Melissa Azevedo. "Our 5K race begins in front of The Joe and finishes at home plate where runners are greeted by RiverDogs players."

Forrest Gump will be on hand to start the rain-or-shine race and mingle with runners throughout the evening. Pre-registration (by May 14) cost for the race is $30, and includes a race packet, t-shirt, a ticket to that evening’s RiverDogs game vs. the Rome Braves (7:05 pm first pitch), an in-game awards ceremony and a post-race party with dinner provided by Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Late (after May 14) and on-site registration is $35. T-shirts are available while supplies last.

Additional game tickets are $7 each. The first 1,000 fans through the gates at that night’s game will receive a pair of RiverDogs Tube Socks, and kids have the opportunity to run the bases after the game.

Registration forms are available online and at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.