RCSD To Host Ryan Rawl Freedom Run On September 7th | Events
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) will host the Ryan Rawl Freedom Run 5k and Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, September 7th.
The event honors and memorializes the life of Ryan Davis Rawl, who was killed in action in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber on June 20, 2012. Ryan was a Christian, a father of two-- a daughter, now age 5, and a son now age 3, a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy, School Resource Officer at Crayton Middle School, and South Carolina National Guardsman. Funds from the event will support scholarships in Ryan’s name at the Citadel and for at-risk youth from Crayton Middle School to attend Richland County Sheriff’s Department Kids’ Camps.
Rawl’s family has also been involved in planning the event and is honored to keep his memory alive through the scholarships.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says, “This is an opportunity to honor a true American Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.”
To further honor Rawl, a team of service people deployed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, including Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy John Burckhard, will participate remotely in the 5k. The team is providing combat mission flags flown by their Chinook helicopter crews to Rawl’s family and Sheriff Leon Lott.
The 5k and 1-mile Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. and the Kids’ Fun Run thereafter. The race starts and finishes at Crayton Middle School. The 1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run will take place around the gated perimeter of the school campus.
The top three overall men and women, top three Masters men and women, and top three men and women in the following age groups will receive awards: 10 and under; 11-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+. All Fun Run participants will receive awards.
Company sponsorships for the event are available. There are also opportunities to get involved by volunteering on the day of the race for water stations, as a race marshal, assist with registration and set-up and tear-down. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like more information about volunteering, please contact Eggplant Events Production at email@example.com.
The 5k, 1-Mile Walk & Kids’ Fun Run registration include post-race refreshments and an official race t-shirt. Online registration will be accepted through September 6th and day of race registration will be available, but participants will not be guaranteed the correct shirt size if they register after August 30th. Please register at www.rawlfreedomrun.com.