Another great race to be held in Murfreesboro in the near future

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The 2nd Annual Rutherford Romp 5k/10K Run/ Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run has been announced for Saturday, October 4, 2014. Runners and walkers of all ages and experience levels are invited to participate in this event. All proceeds from The Rutherford Romp will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County, Inc. and the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission.

The Rutherford Romp 5k/10K is a timed event set to start and finish at Gateway Island in Murfreesboro, located behind Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. The 5k/10K will begin at 7:00 A.M. with the 1 Mile Fun Run to immediately follow. The 5k/10K entry fee is $30, which includes a complimentary t-shirt and gift bag. The 1 Mile Fun Run entry fee is $30 and open to all ages and participants will receive a t-shirt.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to leave a footprint in Rutherford County. The people in this community are eager to give back and I could not be happier than to be able to help in some way," said Shannon Wheeler, Race Director.


The Rutherford Romp Foundation, along with presenting sponsor Guaranty Trust Company, have partnered to adopt the principle "leave it better than you found it." By embracing this principle, these groups will be able to fulfill the Rutherford Romp Foundation's mission of leaving a "footprint" on the community. "So many people, in their everyday lives, leave footprints," said Wheeler, "As a previous volunteer for the Child Advocacy Center, I realized there was a need and the footprints were everywhere. The dedicated people, devoted to protecting children, need as many people in our community to walk beside them as possible."

With the success of the 2013 Rutherford Romp, the Foundation is excited to add the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission as an additional benefiting charity. "There is a present and growing need to address homelessness in Rutherford County. We have the opportunity now to get in front and shape the way the county interacts with this issue moving forward," said Wheeler about the Rutherford Romp's partnership with Murfreesboro Rescue Mission.


To register for The Rutherford Romp 5K/10K, visit or

For more information, contact Linda Parker at (615) 848-7386



The Rutherford Romp Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2013 that supports charities whose missions are focused in Rutherford County. The Foundation's mission of leaving a "footprint" on the community is served by staging events that promote this idea.


The Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County, Inc. is a non-profit agency that serves victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered children along with their non-offending parents and family members. The Center works as a multidisciplinary team with Department of Children's Services, law enforcement, mental health counselors, and the District Attorney's Office to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases and help children and their families heal from the trauma and victimization of the abuse. In the last 13 years, the team has worked together to investigate and prosecute over 8,000 child abuse cases and assisted over 11,000 individuals in Rutherford and Cannon Counties. Last year, the Center served 1,165 clients, including 846 children and 319 parents and grandparents.


The Murfreesboro Rescue Mission is a 501 (c)(3) organization with plans to open its doors to homeless men, women, and children in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The shelter will add 50 beds to the city's continuum of care to address issues of overcrowding, and lack of bed space. Mission operations will start with service to women and women with children. It will then implement services to the male population in planned stages. The MRM is unique because it will address the needs of its clients through a three part comprehensive plan. This plan will include: Emergency Shelter stays (45 days), A Life Recovery program (7 months) and a Halfway house (1 year). These services will also include: overnight sleeping, shower facilities, a cafeteria, case management, limited medical services, GED classes and chapel services.

Rutherford Romp 5K/10K Presenting Sponsor

Guaranty Trust Company

Guaranty Trust Company, a top 100 mortgage company in America, is a local full service mortgage company offering Conventional, FHA, VA, THDA, USDA and FMHA loans across 27 states. Offering exceptional customer service, Guaranty Trust Company's team of experienced loan officer's work directly with home buyers and real estate agents to identify the best mortgage opportunities. For more information about Guaranty Trust Company, call 615-907-2630 or visit

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