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Race Preview: 2016 Freedom 5K

The Freedom 5K is the perfect race to start out your 4th of July. You can make a day of it with all the activities going on after the race in Molalla. Start with a 5K that travels the parade route, then watch the annual 4th of July parade. Afterwards, use your free matinee ticket for the Molalla Buckeroo  and enjoy the show! This local event is sure to bring out the best in every runner with a guaranteed cheering section already in place. Since the parade follows the race, spectators will be lining the streets and cheering on the runners and walkers. The 5K course starts at Heckard Field and takes a lap around the track before heading out to the streets (parade route) then looping back to Heckard Field.


This event is put on by the Molalla Running Club, a non-profit organization. The Freedom 5K raises money for veterans by donating part of the proceeds to the local VFW. Another portion of the proceeds goes to the local Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the annual 4th of July parade and helps support local businesses.

This race is chip-timed and awards will be given to top finishers and age group winners. There will also be door prizes available to win. Be sure to register soon to ensure you get a race t-shirt and beat the 700 person cap. Both runners and walkers are welcome, but be aware that the race course officially closes in one hour. Participants may still finish the race after that time, as long as they are in front of the parade, but they will not receive an official time. Since the 4th is a big day in Molalla, it is recommended that you give yourself extra time to get to the race, as traffic will be heavy.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy this festive event that includes a little bit of everything for your 4th!

Freedom 5K Details

Date: Monday, July 4

Time: 9:20 A.M.

Location: Heckard Field, Molalla

Entry Fee: $26

Race Website: Click Here


About Annette Vaughan (474 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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