The fifth annual Freedom 5K was held Saturday, December 21, with over 200 runners and walkers. The course began in front of The Lodge and looped around Old Trail, including both road and trail portions. Overall winners this year were Matt Carson, with a time of 17:31 and Ann Mazur, who set a new women’s record for the event, finishing in 18:28.
Michael Kaminski, creator and director of the event, explained, “The Freedom 5K is my expression of gratitude to that very special 1% of our population that keep us all free and safe.” Participants choose between “Go Navy” or “Go Army” race bibs and are given small American flags to carry the final stretch of the race. Money raised through the event benefitted Folds of Honor, Parade Rest, and Blue Star Families of Central Virginia.