Erie Freedom Challenge to Highlight Memorial Day Weekend

Friday Mar 17th, 2017

15K Endurance Run to Honor Veterans, Charity Monday, May 29

15K Freedom Challenge LogoErie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce the Erie Freedom Challenge will embark on its third year in 2017, as it hosts participants in a 15K, 5K, Team Relay Challenge, and three youth races. The event will be held on Monday, May 29 with a course running through parts of Millcreek and Fairview Townships.

The race will start and finish at Walnut Creek Baptist Church on West Ridge Road. Six races are included in the event – the Freedom Challenge 15K, a 5K run/walk, a 15K Team Relay, and three youth runs, including a ½ mile run for ages 9-12, 350-yard run for ages 5-8, and a 30-yard Toddler Trot. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The 15K course is USA Track and Field Certified, and sees a 441-foot elevation change, presenting participants with both a scenic and challenging race. The 5K course is flatter, catering to both competitive and casual runners and walkers.

Relay teams participating in the 15K should consist of three members and may be male, female or mixed. Nearly 400 participants are expected in the 2017 event from six states.

Proceeds from the 2017 race will benefit Operation Christmas Child and The Elijah Lodge, a ministry of Walnut Creek Baptist Church.

“We’re so looking forward to watching this race continue to grow with the help of the Erie Sports Commission,” said race director Caleb Lancaster. “A hilly 15K presents a unique opportunity for many endurance and distance runners, and with the event being on Memorial Day weekend, we’d welcome participants to come and spend a long weekend in Erie.”

“Caleb and the team from Walnut Creek Baptist did a great job getting their first two races off the ground, and I’m eager to see it take off from there,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “The varied races available give many participants the opportunity to get outside for a run to kick off summer in Erie.”

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