Race Preview: Freedom Calling 5K

Did you know that one-third of runaway teens are approached by a pimp or sex-trafficker within 48 hours? And, were you aware that Portland is a national hub for child sex trafficking? If these shocking facts break your heart, like they do mine, consider the Freedom Calling 5K. This first year race has been created to bring awareness to the issue of sex trafficking in Oregon. 

This 5K will be held at Cook Park in Tigard on September 24th and is open to both runners and walkers. The race will be a wave start to avoid congestion on the course – since it is on paved paths in the park. Technical shirts are guaranteed only if registered by September 9. If you have a team/group of 10 or more that would like to participate in this event, check the website for information on how to get a team discount.

This race is presented by Portland First Church of the Nazarene to benefit and raise awareness for Freedom Calling.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at least 100,000 children are forced into prostitution each year in the United States. Runners, let’s help start changing those statistics! If you can’t run this race, consider volunteering on race day and/or donating to help with the prevention of sex trafficking. Make a life-changing difference for our youth.

Freedom Calling 5K Details

Date: Saturday, September 24

Time: 9:00 A.M.

Location: Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Ave, Tigard

Entry Fee: $30 – adults 19+
$19 – students 5-18

Race Website: Click Here



About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer 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 a certified personal trainer, who 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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