Have you ever wished as many people came to cheer a race as came to watch a parade? Would you settle for running past people who just came early to watch a parade? The Freedom 5k in Molalla grants that wish, as the race course covers the exact path of the 4th of July parade course. Runners set off shortly before the parade begins, so if the appeal of winning a finishers medal, t-shirt and rodeo ticket doesn’t motivate you, perhaps you’ll be motivated by the marching band just 10 minutes behind you.
This race has a place in Run Oregon history. During this blog’s first year, we polled readers on their favorite race of each month, and the Freedom 5k won for July 2013. Our writers have participated in this race several times, and it’s always a hit. Both runners and walkers are welcome, with a one hour limit (19:21 min/mile pace). For those who would like assistance preparing for this race, the Molalla Running Club provides free training runs.
The Freedom 5k brings members of the community together both on and off the course. 100% of race profits will be distributed among three local organizations: VFW Post 3973, the Molalla Chamber of Commerce, and the Molalla’s Farmers Market Power of Produce.
If you’re worried about getting too sweaty in your favorite red, white and blue race gear, runners can use the locker rooms at the finish line to freshen up before watching the end of the parade or the rodeo. Celebrate this 4th of July in style by running this fun 5k and being the de facto grand marshal of the Molalla parade!
What: Freedom 5k
When: Thursday, July 4th
Bib Pick Up:
- Tuesday, July 2 – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Road Runner Sports (7063 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR 97062)
- Wednesday, July 3 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Heckard Field
- Thursday, July 4 – 8:00 a.m.
- 5k – 9:20am
Cost: $35; Discounts available for early and group registration.
Registration: Online. The Freedom 5k is capped at 650 participants and often sells out, so be sure to register early.