Freedom 5K Offers Unique Running (and Rodeo) Experience on July 4th

There are a lot of great events happening across the region in the months ahead – with many of the clustered around the 4th of July holiday. The Molalla Running Club has created a unique event just minutes from Portland, which includes something for everyone. Race organizers sent us this list that highlights some great reasons to run this popular holiday 5K in Molalla on July 4, 2015.

Five Reasons to Run the Freedom 5K this 4th of July

1) Molalla’s Freedom 5K is an event for the whole family.

While there are a lot of races on the 4th of July, Molalla’s Freedom 5K is one of the few races the entire family will love. All kids under 18 who complete the course receive finisher medals. Jogging strollers are welcome on the course for the little ones, in addition the 3.1 mile course is open to walkers as well, so everyone can do it. The race offers a family discount give $5 of per person for families with 3 or more registrations in the same household.

2) The Giant Street Parade is actually really big.

Thousands of people come into Molalla on the 4th to watch the race and the giant street parade.   It is small town Americana experience at its finest. The route mirrors the entire parade, and the parade starts right behind the last walker. So once you finish the race, your family can watch the parade together.

3) Free Tickets to the Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo.

With your $26 registration, not only do you get chipped timed 5K race, and a tech shirt, but you also receive a free rodeo ticket to the 1:30 showing of the Molalla Buckeroo. Once the parade is over the family can make their way to one of the finest rodeos around. The Molalla Buckeroo is a famous rodeo on the pro rodeo circuit.

4) The Freedom 5K is simply an amazing experience.

In 2013 the Freedom 5K was voted the best July race in Oregon by Run Oregon voters!  Why? Because of the unique combination of things that make it great. The race is capped at 700 participants which makes it large enough to have excitement in the air, but small enough that you aren’t tripping over people, searching for hours for parking, and standing in lines for porta potties. The course is flat and fast, accurately measured, goes through historic downtown Molalla, and has thousands of people cheering you on throughout the route.

5) You are supporting local Oregon non-profit races.

As the Freedom 5K is a non-profit race, all of the profits go back into the community. This race helps to support local veterans who are in need, as well as support the local chamber of commerce to help businesses thrive in our community. When you choose local Oregon races you are helping our local economy, and ensuring that local races will continue to do well in this completive race market.

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