Join us for the
Let Me Run FallFest 5k on
November 21, 2015!
This race will be held at the Blythe Elementary School soccer fields (12202 Hambright Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078) at 2:00 PM. It is an afternoon race benefiting Let Me Run, a program that inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle.
I am Captain Michael Smith of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). I am married to Cheryl and I have one dog names Speckles. I have served with the Sheriff’s Office for 22 years. I joined the MCSO after a four year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Both of these entities have created a tremendous foundation of the man I am today. Through experience in both MCSO and the USMC, I have learned a lot about hard work, ethical values, character, trust and integrity first and foremost.
I came from a single parent home, raised by a mother that loved deeply and worked extremely hard to provide for her 5 children. The primary thing I learned is that hard work endures, integrity endures, character endures and most of all a great faith endures all. My mother was a very giving soul that believed in giving to others even to the point that it hurt her financially. But still she gave both of her time and her finances. I plan to carry on that legacy as a remembrance of her efforts.
In 2014 I was selected to attend the 2015 USA Special Olympics Games in New Jersey as the soul NC Law Enforcement representative. The honor in this endeavor is to carry the Flame of Hope, the torch, to the opening ceremonies of the USA Special Olympics Games. The torch represents strength and hope.
It is an honor to be the Grand Marshall of the Let Me Run boys. Running has been a passion of mine since I served in the Marines in 1990. I started on the Marine Barracks running team in the Philippines and continue to run for the rewarding benefits it provides me to this day. I hope to share just how rewarding running can be and more importantly helping each other be a better person through sport can come back to you in such a rewarding way. I have accomplished some amazing things through running, though I am sure none of those accomplishments would have come to fruition had it not been for my running friends who pushed me harder than I thought I could ever be pushed.
Go be a Blessing to someone today. All the best,
Mike Smith MCSO x0879