Carmel’s annual Freedom Run goes virtual


By Sam Montgomery

The Carmel Freedom Run is going virtual.

The race, typically held the morning of July 4, will instead be a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Springer of Tuxedo Brothers Event Management said the organizers felt the event was too important to skip.

“We don’t know what to expect this year, as it’s going to be so different,” Springer said. “However, it’s a big tradition for some families, no different from some holiday events, and people like to get together with their families for a big run/walk.”

There are two race options, a new 5-mile option that replaces the traditional 4.5-mile run, and a 1.5-mile run. Participants pay $27 for the first two family members to register, with the price being $20 for each additional family member. Active military personnel may register for $22.

For every person that signs up, $5 will go to Pack Away Hunger, a nonprofit that distributes meals in Indianapolis.

Participants can sign up through July 3 and can complete the race any time between June 29 and July 5. Individuals who complete the 5-mile race have the option to submit their times for comparison against other participants. T-shirts will be available for pick-up later in the summer.

“This race has been a big part of the community for a long time. We feel it’s important to keep people aware of the event because next year we’re planning to be back in full force again,” Springer said. “It’s kind of a staple for the Carmel area, so hopefully, doing it virtually is a way that folks can still stay connected to the event.”

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