2024 Freedom is Never Free 5k, 10k, & Half

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Points count towards 5k, 10k, Endurance & Back of the Pack Series.  Points will also count towards the Fall Series. Find more info about the series here.

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Come enjoy the fast and flat courses at Carderock Recreation Area.  They are perfect for PRs!

Walkers and strollers are welcome to attend this event.

 

Virtual Race Option

We now offer a virtual run option for those who cannot make it on race day.  Find more information about our virtual option on our Virtual Races page.

 

Runners Receive

Finisher’s Medal, Technical (Drifit) Event Shirt, & A Chip Timed Event

 

Charity Information

Benefiting Operation Enduring Warrior

Operation Enduring Warrior is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor, empower and motivate America’s wounded military service members. Our physical, mental and emotional rehabilitative cycle is modeled to overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork and perseverance; ultimately enabling Wounded Warriors’ lives to go in directions they once thought impossible.

 

Race Start Times

Half – 8am (Half marathon has a time limit of 3:15 for completion)

If you think your pace for the half marathon is near or above three hours, please reach out to BishopsEvents@yahoo.com to arrange an earlier start time as we want to accommodate all runners’ abilities.

10k – 8:15am

5k – 8:30am

 

Registration Fees

5k – $30, until October 31 ($35)

10k – $45, until October 31 ($50)

Half – $65, until October 31 ($70)

***Price will increase on race morning by $5 for each distance

T-shirts guaranteed to runners registered before October 30.  We will order extra t-shirts for those who register after that date, but it is on a first-come first-served basis.

 

T-Shirt Design

T-shirt design for the race is available here as soon as it has been approved.

 

Race Medal Design

Race medal designs can be viewed on the Friday before the race on the Bishops Events Facebook page or our Instagram page.

 

Course Maps can be found at

https://bishopsevents.com/carderock-recreation-area/

All three routes run along the C&O Canal path which is a light gravel dirt trail. Each route is out-and-back once. There are minimal elevation gains along the route.

Back of the Pack time: 11:00 (5k/10k); 12:00 (half)

 

Live Race Results

Live results will be posted on Athlinks.com.  Additionally, there will be a QR code at the race for you to scan to immediately view your results.  Final race results with series points will be posted to our website on the Monday following your race.

Runner tracking is now available when you sign up for a race with Bishop’s Events. Click on the green SMS button (see example below) at the end of your registration and have your race updates sent to your mobile device as well as those of your friends & family so they can track your race progress.

 

Awards

We award the top 3 men and women overall during our awards ceremony post-race.  We also award the 1st & 2nd place Male and Female in these categories: 19&Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, & 70+.  Runners who place top 3 overall in their race are not eligible to also win their age groups.

 

Photos

We will post any photos taken by staff on our Facebook page by Tuesday after the event.

 

Social Media Challenge

On Tuesdays, we pick our favorite Instagram or Facebook post from the previous race weekend.  The winner will receive 50% off a future race!  Make sure to tag us in your race photos at:

Instagram:  BishopsEventsLLC

Facebook: BishopsEvents

 

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup is available at the event.  We recommend arriving one hour before your event start time to check-in.

 

Race Day Registration

There will be no on-site race registration for this race.

 

Water Stations

There will be 10 water stations along the 1/2 marathon course at approximately mile markers 1.55, 2.7, 4.9, 5.3, 6.15, 6.95, 7.8, 8.2, 10.4 & 11.55.  Four water stations will be along the 10k course at approximately mile markers 1.55, 2.7, 3.5 & 4.65.  One water station will be along the 5k course at approximately mile markers 1.55. Gatorade will be available at some water stations.  Water stations are subject to change as deemed necessary.

 

Restrooms

Restrooms can be located by the main parking lot.

 

Volunteers

Volunteers should arrive approximately 60 minutes before the first race kicks off.  We will assign volunteer tasks on race morning (water station, course marshals, finish line support, etc).  You can find parking information under “Directions to Parking” with a latitude and longitude pin for where to meet.

 

Weather Policy

We are an all-weather race company (rain or shine or sleet or snow). We will email registered runners and post on social media if the race is cancelled, but this is quite rare, otherwise assume the race is taking place as scheduled.

Weekly weather reports are posted on the Thursday before race weekends on our Facebook page by Chad Merrill with the Hagerstown Almanack.  Race officials may delay, change or postpone the event due to weather conditions.  All registered runners will be notified via email of any changes.  In most cases, a decision is not made until the night before the race, and a decision could come as late as the morning of the event.

 

Refunds & Transfers

To view our full refund/transfer policy, click here.

 

Directions to Parking

There is parking within the recreation area.  There are four parking lots at Carderock.  The best way to locate this exact event location is via GPS using this latitudinal and longitudinal pin:  38.972563, -77.198738

This is near the Naval Warfare Surface Center (9500 Macarthur Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817).  If you google search Carderock Recreation Area, it takes you to a different location, so please use the GPS pin provided.