Carmelfest 2016: Freedom Run kicks off CarmelFest


By Anna Skinner

A 4.5-mile run and a 1.5-mile family walk will take place July 2 to kick off CarmelFest weekend and celebrate the Fourth of July.


The Freedom Run has been a part of CarmelFest for approximately 10 years, and Don Carr, president of Tuxedo Brothers, an event management platform based in Zionsville, said the structure of the event rarely changes.

“It’s always the same format, if you register, you get a T-shirt, and we do awards and an awards ceremony,” he said.

Food, drinks and music will be available at the event. Online registration is available through July 1, or runners and walkers can register on the morning of the event on site. The run/walk begins at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St.

Carr said he expects approximately 1,000 people to show up for the run and a few hundred for the walk.

The run starts at 8 a.m., and runners will leave from CHS, travel along Main Street to Range Line Road and branch off to the Monon. Walkers start five minutes later and travel on First Avenue to the north side of CHS and then loop back around.

Roads will not be closed, but lanes will be restricted. Carr said those traveling that morning should keep in mind the run will last from 8 to 9 a.m.

“It’s one of the few runs in the area on that Saturday morning,” Carr said. “It’s certainly a good event, and a lot of people come out and show patriotism to kick off the weekend.”

Awards will be given to the top three overall finishers, as well as the top three in each age group.

Both the walk and the run are $23 in advance and $28 the day of the event. Parking is available at CHS and surrounding neighborhoods, strollers are welcome and there will be two water stations on the course.

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