Race Preview: 2017 Freedom 5k (Molalla)


If you’re looking for a parade, a rodeo, and a quick 5k to celebrate your 4th of July, then head out to Molalla to take it all in!

The Molalla Running Club is once again putting on the Freedom 5k, which mirrors the Molalla parade route (before the parade, so you won’t have to hop over broken candy pieces or worse, horse droppings!). This race runs through the historic downtown area and, as people line up to secure their viewing spots for the parade, you’ll be treated to 1,000s cheering you on! The event is capped at 550 runners, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Runners and walkers are welcome, as are strollers (sorry, no dogs). Anyone who finishes in less than an hour will receive an official time (chip timed by Huber Timing). While you won’t be booted from the course if an hour goes by and you’re still out there, the race directors just ask that you stay ahead of the parade. Age group awards, as well as top male and female finisher awards, will be given and all participants will receive a medal this year!

The icing on the cake? A free rodeo ticket to the matinee Molalla Buckaroo on July 4th! There are even locker rooms at the start/finish line for runners to shower and freshen up before making their rodeo debut.


When: July 4, 2017
What: A fast, flat 5k!
Where: Molalla, Oregon | Heckard Field, Eckerd Ave.
Race Day Schedule:

  • 8:00 am – Registration & packet pick up opens
  • 9:20 am – 5K starts
  • 9:30 am – Parade begins
  • 10:20 am – Race officially ends
  • 1:30 pm – Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo begins

Registration: Online here
Price: $30 and includes: Aid station (around mile 1.5), pre- and post-race festivities, finisher’s medal, age group awards, t-shirt, and a free rodeo ticket

100% of the proceeds of this event go back to the Molalla community. The beneficiaries include the VFW post, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Power of Produce, which is part of the Molalla Farmer’s Market. You can read more about the charity and the event itself on their website or their Facebook page.

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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