Freedom 5K Run
Sunday June 29, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM EDT
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Independence Mall
6th and Market Street (grass area)
1 North Independence Mall west
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Thank you for participating in the first ever FREEDOM 5K Run.  The only run to take place on the east side of Philadelphia with a unique historical twist! 

Below is information for you regarding Packet Pickups and
Day-of-Race info.  if you have any questions, feel free to EMAIL us.

Packet Pickup 
  • Tuesday, June 24th at Philadelphia Runner store at 16th and Samson Streets 4 to 6 pm - Meter parking is available
  • Saturday, June 28th at Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets 12 to 4 pm - there is a Philadelphia Parking Garage under the building.  The packet pickup will be located in the north end of the building, near the café.
  • There will be no packet pickups the day of the race - Unless there is an extreme reason why you cannot make it to the other two packet days.  You must contact us to let us know why you need to pick up on the day of the race.   You can call us at 215-861-4971 or EMAIL us.
  • What you need when picking up your packet - You need a current form of ID.  You can pick up another person's packet if you have a copy of their ID.  For participants who registered as a veteran, you must also present proof of your veteran status.  This could be in the form of ID, letter, etc.  You can also pick up another veteran's packet with their ID and proof of veteran status.
  • Walk up registration - If you know someone who wanted to register but missed our online date, they can register at the packet pickup days.  They must bring cash or check for full amount of registration fee.  We will not be doing registration the morning of the race.  Also t-shirts for walk up registrants will be given out after the run, and it is first come, first served with sizes. 


Day of the Race
  • Time - The race starts at 7:30 am.  You must be in the runner's pen, ready to go by 7:15 am.
  • Location: The race starts and ends on Independence Mall at 6th and Market Streets.
  • Parking- There is a Philadelphia Parking Authority garage located under the Visitor Center. Click here for website  Entrances into the garage are on 5th and 6th Streets between Arch and Market Streets.
  • Street Closures- Due to the race course, Market Street, south to Walnut Street and 5th Street, east to Front Street will be closed for the race by 7 am.  You will want to be parked before that time, otherwise you may not be able to access the garage.
  • Public Transportation: The race location is right next to the 5th Street station of the Market-Frankford line.  The PATCO train station is at 8th and Market Streets, and the race location is 2 blocks east on Market Street.  There are also numerous bus routes that travel along this area.  Please check Septa's website so that you can check for any disruption of service due to the race.
  • Map of Course - Click Here for a current course map.  Please remember that the terrain for this course includes asphalt, brick, concrete and cobblestone.  The potential hazards are the stairs leading from Penn's Landing's Great Plaza to the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge and the stairs leading up to Independence Square.  Please use caution while running.
  • Race Timing - This is a timed course and we will be using chip timers to accurately record race times.  Chip timers are attached to your bib which you will pick up at the packet pickup days.  You must be wearing your assigned bib during the race. Bryn Mawr Running Company will be handling the timing for the run and results can be found on their website after the run.  
  • Bag Drop Off - At the starting point, there will be a bag check area for you to drop off your bag to have it watched while you are running.  The only bag allowed to be checked is the bag that was given to you at the packet day with your name on it. 
  • Water along course - there will be an Aid Station manned by volunteers who will have water available for you halfway through the course.
  • Restrooms - There are two restroom locations.  First one is inside the Independence Visitor Center, which will be opened by 6 am.  The second one is the park's public bathrooms which are one block south of our starting point, located at 5th and Chestnut Streets.


After the Race
  • Snacks and water - Will be available in the refreshment area after the run, next to the finish line
  • Awards- are announced after the last person has crossed the finish line and times are tabulated.
  • Prizes - Cash prizes will be given out to the top three males and top three females, as well as the top male and female in each age category. 
  • Additional prize- an additional prize will be given out to the participant who best displays the spirit of their team through use of costume or running outfit.  Remember, if you are a Loyalist, coming dressed in a Union Jack motif is a great way to represent your team.  If you are a Patriot, the stars and stripes are always popular.  Or you can run in a colonial costume and receive a lot of applause along the way!
  • After the festivities- remember that you are invited to celebrate your team's win or lament over their loss at the fine establishments of our Brunch Sponsors. For the Loyalists - Enjoy the fine, delectable fare at the Victoria Free House, located at 10 South Front Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106.  If you are a Patriot - find your fellow freedom fighters at 4Father's Restaurant at 319 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106



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