By Jasmine Hsu
CarmelFest will kick off July 4 festivities with the annual Freedom Run, an opportunity to promote fitness and show community spirit and patriotism.
“The purpose of the event is to celebrate Independence Day with a morning of fun and fitness,” said Jason Springer, marketing coordinator for Tuxedo Brothers, the company organizing the event.
The Freedom Run begins at 8 a.m. at Carmel High School and takes runners into the nearby neighborhoods surrounding the campus. All participants receive a T-shirt and age-group winners will receive awards after the race.
Avid runners can choose to partake in the 4.5-mile course, while families or those looking for a lighter option can complete the 1.5-mile course. Two water stations will be located along the route and light snacks and refreshments will be available at the end of the race.
“We get a wide variety of children and older folks,” Springer said. “The event draws lots of families from the area around Carmel as we offer a discounted rate for families of three-plus people.”
A free Kids Fun Run is available for those 10 or younger.
“My favorite part of the event is the Kids Run. It is so fun to watch their smiling faces as they try to beat each other to the finish line for medals and ice-cold freeze pops,” Springer said.
Volunteers will receive free parking, snacks and a T-shirt.
Parking for the run will be available at CHS. To registers as a runner or volunteer, visit tuxbro.com/entry-info/FreedomRun/FreedomRun-EventInfo.php.