The ninth annual Firefly 5K Run/Walk will be on Wednesday, May 28 in Smyrna. The race benefits the Smyrna Police Athletic League.

The start/finish line will be on North Market Street at Commerce Street. Pre-registration will be at 6 p.m., with the Kiddie K at 6:55 p.m. and the 5K run/walk at 7 p.m.

Sheridan’s Irish Pub in Smyrna will be the host location; the restaurant will provide food and refreshments after the race. Jay Pappas from D-Jays for all Occasions will be on site with music and entertainment.

Smyrna Police Officer S/Pfc. Brandon Dunning said the race is a fun time for everyone from the most experienced runners to beginners, and it is a family-friendly atmosphere with the Kiddie K.

“People are welcome to participate to run or walk the race route, and enjoy the historical and commercial areas of Smyrna,” Dunning said.

The cost of the race is $20 until May 21, and $25 after and on the day of the event. There will be free entry for individuals who enter with a $50 donation. The Kiddie K is free for kids eight years old and younger.

Make checks payable and mail to the Police Athletic League (PAL), 2772 Hazlettville Road, Dover, DE 19904. Contact Ray at (302) 674-3213 or at Register online at Registration forms can also be picked up at Anytime Fitness in Smyrna or the Smyrna Police Department.

This is a TriSports Events production. Anytime Fitness in Smyrna and Camden are sponsors.

Individuals who wish to donate and receive an event t-shirt, but are unable to attend or just wish to be a “silent hero” are encouraged to do so by completing registration form.

Following the race, custom awards will be given to the overall 5K male and female winners, and the top three male and female runners in the respective age brackets. Medals will go to all Kiddie K finishers.

Dunning said all proceeds from the race will go towards the Smyrna Police Athletic League, which has about 200 participants from the Smyrna/Clayton and surrounding areas between the ages of eight and 18.

“The proceeds will be used to pay for uniforms, referees, coordinator salary, equipment and insurance costs,” Dunning said. “The Smyrna Police Athletic League is also a supporter of a summer basketball league, which has approximately 100 to 150 participants each year, and soon will start back up a summer tennis instructional league.”