and Kid’s race
Damascus Regional Park
We like to think that while there are a billion races out there, our Damascus Freedom 5K/10K feels like none of them. Come on out and see for yourself.
Three races: Damascus Freedom 5K/10K races + Kid's Quarter Mile FREEdom Fun Run. Participation in the Kid's Quarter Mile FREEdom Fun Run is entirely free.
However this is MUCH more than just a race. There's something for everyone (especially the kids!)
A great day is planned to raise money for a great cause, so come on out, be active with the community, and join the fun! There is something for everyone.
9:15 AM or so
Heroes half price: Military, Police, Fire/Rescue, etc. register HERE.
Online pre-race registration is now closed. Race day registration will start on 9/8 at 7:30am.
There will still be race day check-in, but packet pickup will be available a day early on 9/7/13 between 9am - 2pm at MMA & Sport in Damascus in the shopping center by KFC and behind Weis.
No one complained about the course maps so I'm keeping them. Both the 5K and 10K courses will run North along Magruder Branch Trail. The 5K course will turn left at Sweepstakes Rd. while the 10K course will cross it, run west along Valley Park Dr., go through the townhouse community at Damascus Park Ln and back to the trail and to the park.
In the winter of 2010, a group of friends noticed that the upcoming 9/11 would fall on a Saturday and decided to try to use the opportunity to unite the community and local businesses to create an appropriate, fun, family friendly event, respectful of the horrific events that occurred that day just 9 years earlier and hopefully give something back to those who serve by raising needed money for Disabled American Veterans. The Damascus Freedom 5K was born.
Between the time registration first opened on 7/21/2010 until race day on 9/11/2010, it became obvious that our great community would overwhelmingly support this event. In the end, 114 participants completed the inaugural event, a substantial contribution was made to Disabled American Veterans and it became clear that this event would continue.
In 2011, the event grew a lot. We added a 10K and in addition to the DAV, we added the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House and USO - Metropolitan Washington to the list of non-profit organizations we collectively support. The community came through again - big time! Our great sponsors returned and 199 people finished the races. Most importantly, our contributions grew substantially.
In 2012, we were pleased to name local organization Hero Dogs as a new beneficiary. We also continued to enjoy strong community support.
This event could not go on without the support of our community - the runners, businesses, friends, family, others who volunteer, county employees (M-NCPPC and MCPD) and others who serve and protect our freedom everyday.
"The Magic of Roger Lindsay"