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Race Preview: 2015 Freedom 5k – A Run Oregon featured race!

Freedom 5k Molalla

Every year, Fourth of July parades draw many spectators to line up along the parade route to watch bands, floats, animals and other participants walk by. What better route to use for a race to get cheers along the entire distance! The Freedom 5k in Molalla does just that and invites runners and walkers of any speed to participate in the fun. 

Runners at the 2013 event

The race starts and ends on the running track at Heckard Field. Runners walkers leave the stadium over a stretch of grass, and after that the route is all on very flat paved streets. About 1/2 mile into the run, you will pass the staging area of the parade that starts at 9:30am. The aid station serves only water (no fuel or bathrooms) and is located at the half way point at the corner of Toliver Rd and Ridings Ave. Just before the finish, runners cross the grass again to get back to the running track, where they will finish the race. Race timing is provided by Huber Timing, which will have results available second after you cross the line.

After the run, participants can browse the vendor tables, enjoy some post-race snacks, and check the prize table to see if they won a raffle prize. Awards will be given to the top finishers as well as age group winners. This race is a 100% non-profit event, and all proceeds are donated to the VFW and the Chamber of Commerce.

Included in the race entry is a ticket to the Buckaroo Rodeo at 1pm, so take advantage of the showers at Heckards Field to freshen up and make a day of it in Molalla.

For more information, check out the Freedom 5k Facebook Page. And don’t forget to check them out as our featured race!

Freedom 5k details:
When: July 4th, 2015; 9:20am start
Where: Heckard Field, Molalla, OR (Map)
What: 5k run/walk (Official time given to everybody finishing under 1hr and who stays ahead of the parade)
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: $26 (discounts for registrations for families); $30 DOR
Registration includes: chip timed race, tech shirt, post race food, entrance to the Buckaroo Rodeo
Packet Pickup:  Thursday, July 2nd at Road Runner Sports in Tualatin 5pm-8pm; Friday, July 3rd at Heckard Field in Molalla 4pm-7pm

Race Day Schedule:
8:00 am – Registration and packet pickup opens
9:20 am – 5K starts
9:30 am – Parade begins
10:20 am – Race officially ends

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