The 18th Annual Boulevard Bolt is set to take place again this year on Thanksgiving Day. The 5K run/walk is held each year on Belle Meade Boulevard and is a fun way to kick off the holidays and the season of giving.
The event is sponsored by numerous Nashville individuals, organizations and corporations and all funds raised go towards helping the needs of the homeless community here in Nashville. It is a fun and easy way to spend time with loved ones on Thanksgiving day while at the same time giving time and energy to those in need.
Since the race’s conception in 1994, over $1.2 million has been donated to the homeless in Nashville, with funds being used dozens of ways to meet their specific and unique needs. The Boulevard Bolt website lists several specific ways that funds raised from the race have been allocated, including:
- Purchasing backpacks with “street survival supplies” for homeless youth
- Helping pay for laundry facilities at a homeless shelter
- Adding a hot breakfast to services provided by a local soup kitchen
- Operating a truck to deliver meals to the homeless on the streets
- Supporting “safe nights” in a 24/7 shelter for homeless victims of domestic violence
- Supporting a chronic disease program for local medical clinic serving the homeless
- Paying for electronic health records for a mobile healthcare van serving the homeless
All Nashville organizations that assist the homeless are welcome to apply for funding from the race, and each year an allocations committee with members from each congregations determines the priority and placement for funding.
Donations can be made at any time (mail them to 222 Belle Mead Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37205) and registration for the event goes all the way up to the day of the event. If you register by the 15th, registration is $30, $40 Nov. 16-23 and if the race is not sold out on the day of, registration cost is $60. Included in the cost for registration is a race number and t-shirt. Become a “Friend of the Bolt” and you will receive a special limited edition dry fit shirt; all available during tee-shirt pick up at The Temple (505 Harding Road).
For more information about the Boulevard Bolt as well as information for registration, visit www.boulevardbolt.org.