PRESTONSBURG — Local residents have the opportunity to help the Kentucky State Police spread Christmas cheer to children in need this year.

The KSP Professional Association at Post 9 in Pikeville is hosting its 5th annual Run Signal 9 5K with an option for a one-mile walk on Friday, Aug. 30, in downtown Prestonsburg.

The race — named after a code that law enforcement officials use to show they are using their siren and lights on their police vehicle — will start at 8:30 p.m.

KSPPA, a nonprofit organization, is funded by donations and dues paid by members. It hosts this race each year to raise funds for Shop with a Trooper, a Christmas event that KSPPA Post 9 hosts for children in need in Floyd, Pike, Johnson, Magoffin and Martin counties. The students are selected by school officials and bused to Pikeville Walmart, where they are given $100 to spend while shopping with a trooper. They are also treated to lunch and receive enough food for a Christmas meal with their families.

All donations and the $30 entry fee at this race are tax deductible, and all proceeds benefit Shop with a Trooper.

Prizes will be presented in several age groups.

Registration is also available on race day. Entry fees are $30.

Donations may also be mailed to KSPPA, Shop with a Trooper, 3499 North Mayo Trail, Pikeville, Ky. 51501.

For more information, call, (606) 433-7711.

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