Take action as a Freedom Fighter by running or walking in the 2018 Freedom Race 5k 10k to end exploitation and addiction one step at a time.
Timed by Final Stretch, the annual race not only raises awareness about exploitation, but because of you, we’re able to raise funds to combat the realities of this modern day injustice in specific ways. Organized by Action169, the race consists of representatives from local churches and businesses, as well as various sponsors who are working together to achieve the cultural heart-level change required to end exploitation and decrease related vulnerabilities such as problematic substance use.
All proceeds go towards the ongoing prevention, intervention and direct restoration actions of Action169 and the survivor-led organizations the ministry supports.
NEW IN 2018
This year you can donate to help raise funds by clicking on a registered participant. Click the donate button next to their name and the amount given counts towards individual and or team fundraising goals. Or, You can rally support for your run from those not able to come, run or walk.
Freedom to Worship Concert in the park follows Freedom Race 5k 10k for those who choose to stay. Admission is free. Information can be found on the Action169 Facebook event page.
Action169 is committed to ending sexual exploitation and addressing substance abuse.
Your Steps Make a Difference
Our cities are personally affected by the exploitation and substance abuse.
*The average age a child enters prostitution in the United States is 12-14 years old and at least 100,000 children are exploited every year within our borders.
*In 2003, the FBI identified Minneapolis as one of 13 cities with a large concentration of child prostitution enterprises.
*A November 2010 study found that on any given weekend night in Minnesota, 45 girls under age 18 are sold for sex through the internet classified websites & escort services.
(Sources: 1 abolitioninternational.org; 2 FBI Minneapolis Division)
Race Results for 2018 Freedom Race 5k 10k
- 2018 Freedom Fighter T-Shirt if registered before August 1st
- Official Chip Time Results by Final Stretch. Individual race times will be posted online.
Post-race food and beverages will be provided.
Free entry to 1PM Freedom To Worship Concert
Measure just under your arms, around your chest. The shirts tend to run a little large, so if you're between sizes, you might want to go a size lower, but it's totally up to your individual preferences.
*Please note that race shirts are guaranteed for individuals who pre-register and are not guaranteed to those that register during packet pick up or on race day.
Your race packet will include all the materials you need for your race. Pick up your race packets at Sylvania Park anytime between 7:30-8:30 a.m. Park opens at 7:30. Registration opens at 7:30 and will close at 8:30, at the time of the 10k Start. If you are running the 5k, you will want to be registered before 9 am.
The race is held at beautiful Sylvania Park on Sisseton Lake in Fairmont, Minnesota. (get directions). Parking on race day will be available within the parking lot across from Sylvania Park at Railroad Parking Lot. Vehicles will not be allowed into Sylvania Park. Signs and volunteers will direct the participants and volunteers.
Schedule of Events
* Packet Pick Up/Check-In opens at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 9 a.m.
• 7:30 a.m. - Packet Pick Up/Registration Opens
• 8:50 a.m. - Course Info and Welcome at the Start Line
• 9:00 a.m. - 10K Start *
• 9:00 a.m. - Packet Pick-Up/Check In Closes
• 9:10 a.m. - 5K Starts *
• 10:30 am - Award Ceremony & Brief Call to Action
We will have volunteers to help direct runners on the course, but as a race participant, it is your responsibility to know where you're going ahead of time. Please let us know if the directions are unclear.
Fluid replacement will be available for the 10k at the 3rd mile marker.
Volunteers will be stationed throughout the course and at critical turns/areas.
10k map (6.28 miles) Click Here for Interactive Map
You will start at Sylvania Park, then head west on Lake Ave until 190th ave, at which time you'll take a left, heading south. Follow 190th ave until you come to Woodland Ave. Follow Woodland Ave back into the township of Fairmont until you come to Shoreacres Drive. You will turn onto Shoreacres, running around Budd Lake until coming to Lair Road near the Channel Inn. Turn left on W. Lair Rd. moving past Gomsrud Park, to Albion Ave. Take Albion Ave, by turning left, continuing to move around Budd Lake, heading North. You will follow Albion Ave, moving past Wards Park along the lake and towards Lake Ave near the historic Chubb House and Martin County Court House. Your route will end at Sylvania Park on Beach Street along Sisseton Lake.
5k map (3.1 miles)
The 5K course will showcase part of the Hobo Trail in Fairmont, giving you a view of Sisseton Lake. At the end of the trail, you will follow Hengen St. to Fairlakes. Fairlakes will take you to Woodland Ave., at which time you will travel east, going over Birds Bridge, towards Albion Ave, at which time you will travel North towards Wards Park. You will follow Albion Ave., to Blue Earth Ave, traveling west. Blue Earth Ave will take you to Lake Ave. past the Courthouse and towards the finish line which is located on Beach Street near Sylvania Park.
The finish area is also located at Sylvania on Beach Street. Here, spectators and finishers can gather, watch and cheer as you cross the finish line.
Bottled water, and post-race snacks will be provided.
September 8 9:00 AM CDT - Freedom Race