Over 400 participants came out to support the inaugural For the Love of Justice 5K Walk/Run

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On Sunday, March 27, 2022, over 400 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities united to finish the run for Justice. This inaugural For the Love of Justice 5K Run/Walk was held in South Carolina and in North Carolina, in person and virtually. The South Carolina event was held at the Richland Northeast High School stadium and the North Carolina event was held at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Complex. The locations were significant because 1st LT Justice R. Stewart once ran at both of these locations.

In remarks shared by the mother, Tia Jones, “March 27, 2022, marks the nine-month anniversary of the loss of our Justice Stewart. It is only fitting for this day to be the day to birth into existence the inaugural For the Love of Justice 5K Run/Walk, both in South Carolina and North Carolina. Thank you to each and every one of you for helping to keep our Justice’s legacy alive as we endeavor to finish the race and magnify the cause. Today is an inaugural preview of more to come. By supporting this event, you are helping us to promote pathways out of poverty for future generations through our Empowering Justice Charitable Foundation at Central Carolina Community Foundation.”

The Opening Ceremony kicked off with a presentation of colors presented by Richland Northeast High School’s NJROTC color guard (SC), the National Anthem, and in honor of Women’s History Month, participants listened to opening remarks via video message by Major Katie Higgins Cook, the first female Blue Angels pilot.

“The For the Love of Justice 5K and Fun Run had something for everyone.” said Stephanie Newton, supporter and volunteer. “It was a unique community event that by bringing out runners and walkers on a Sunday afternoon, rather than the traditional Saturday race day, provided several novice walkers and runners an additional opportunity to race.”

The event was sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF), which also certified the beautiful and challenging 3.1 mile course in South Carolina that began in the high school stadium, then led onto the road and into the community surrounding Richland Northeast High School. The participants finished the course in the back in the high school stadium. The North Carolina participants enjoyed the scenic views of the beautiful community in the Jacksonville Commons Community.

The first annual For the Love of Justice 5K Memorial Run/Walk received support from over 15 sponsors and local vendors. The net proceeds received from the event will assist in funding scholarships which will be awarded this year to recipients who will pursue higher education in the fall of 2022.

It was a beautiful, sunny day with a cool breeze. In South Carolina, the DJ was playing music, children were running around and blowing bubbles, a 360 photo booth was on site, along with food trucks, snowcones, popcorn, and a host of volunteers and participants who made this inaugural event a memorable one!

The closing ceremony included an awards celebration and a heart-felt special video message from Justice Regine’ Stewart. 1st LT Stewart was a leader and a selfless servant for those within her community. It was evident throughout this event that Justice is still serving.

Next year promises to be spectacular! We are already in the planning phase. Save the date for next year, Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 2:00pm! As of today, The Empowering Justice Charitable Foundation has raised over $5,000 to help promote pathways out of poverty and we couldn’t have done it without the love and support from our community and for that we send our sincere gratitude.

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Click here to view the list of NC 5K winners

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