Race Preview: 2017 Freedomthon 5K

It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is less than a month away!

The Freedomthon is a fun local event for our nation’s birthday, and one that I’ve run nearly every year it’s been in existence. It’s a fast 5K race, a pancake and sausage breakfast, pie-eating contest(!), and playground for kids with fun activities, all in one. Last year, there was a dunk tank with Run Oregon blogger Brian Bernier as one of the designated dunkees, a free zumba lesson, and more. (Here’s my recap of last year’s race and post-race festivities.)

There are also two race events for kids (although kids are, of course, welcome in the 5K). There’s a timed 1 mile race, and an untimed 1/4 mile kidathon. And, of course, there’s the other race, the one to finish eating a pie – no hands, naturally.

Last year’s pie-eating contestants!

The 5K race course is flat and straight. It’s kind of weird to me that I haven’t PR’d on this course, actually, but perhaps this will be the year.

If you haven’t run this race before, yes, race volunteers will hand you a small U.S. flag near the end of the course to carry with you to the finish line.


Freedomthon 5K

When: July 4, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, Oregon

Register: Online here ($35 for 5K; family rates available for multiple racers; $10 for the 1 mile race; small processing fee added)

Pre-race packet pickup: Thursday, June 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Big Al’s, 14950 SW Barrows Rd, Beaverton, Oregon. FREE game of bowling included for those who show up, with the chance to win some Uberthons prizes!

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