Freedom 5K – 2018

5K Freedom Run/Walk

In Memory of Robert Friese and all others who have given the ultimate sacrifice..

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We are committed to bringing you the best 5K year after year. As promised after our technical issues; we have contracted with Epic Race Timing out of Grand Rapids.

They are a professional race timing company that will be handling this portion of our 2018 5K. Save the date for April 28, 2018. More to come on the details of what we will have new to offer this next year..

Services Epic Race Timing provide:

  • State-of-the-Art Chip Timing
  • Start/Finish Line ManagementMembers First Credit Union
  • Packet Pick-up Integration
  • Results Available Immediately
  • Online Registration
  • Live Results
  • Facebook/Twitter Feed Integration
  • Post Race Certificate Printing
  • Equipment Rent
  • Race Clock
  • Mobile Results
  • Live Tracking

This will be an official timed 3 mile run or walk in honor of SPC. Robert Friese. The date of this event coincides with the date of Robert’s ultimate sacrifice to this great nation! The Veterans Freedom Park Freedom 5k Run/Walk is hosted in memory of Spc. Robert Friese and all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the freedom of others.

On behalf of the Veterans Freedom Park Committee, we would like to invite you to join us at our 6th Annual Freedom/Friese 5k run/walk in memory of Spc. Robert Friese on April 28, 2018; as this date coincides with Roberts ultimate sacrifice to this great nation.

We have made some enhancements to our event this year, and your participation and support is needed to continue to maintain and add features to this park. We are hoping that you will have the opportunity to show your support, by becoming a sponsor and participating at this great event. For your convenience you can now register and pay online here! Now is the time to register!

All Proceeds go towards Veterans Freedom Park’s maintenance and improvements.

Robert Friese

Robert Friese

SPC Robert Friese

Robert was born July 27, 1989 and was an amazing person! He was from Harrison, Michigan where he graduated from Harrison High School in 2007. He chose to serve our country by joining the US ARMY. Robert gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Iraq on April 29, 2011.


Race Starts at the Veterans Freedom Park

‘Veterans Freedom Park’ of Clare County is located across from the courthouse on the corner lot of Broad/Main Street. It is our motto and goal to make this a place to ‘Remember, Honor and Reflect’ on the great sacrifice that our past and current service men and woman have made. If you would like more information or are unable to attend but would like to donate.

200 W. Main Street Harrison, Michigan 48625
Corner of N Broad St & M-61 Across From Ct House.

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Race Route (Click to Enlarge)

Race Route



Registration & Awards

  • Race starts on Saturday April 28th 2018 | 10:00 AM
  • LATE registration will be available on Friday April 27th, 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Saturday April 28th 8:30am-9:30am, both registrations will be held Indoors, in the Harrison Community School Building, adjacent to the race site.
  • PLEASE NOTE* you’re not guarenteed to get a T-shirt if you register late.
  • Awards will be given to top Male/Female overall finishers.
  • Top Master Group (over 50) and for each age group.
  • 5K Run Age Groups for award categories (Male/Female) 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-up
  • Awards Presentation will be held at the registration area at 11:30am and will be held on the Veterans Freedom Park Stage (weather permitting)
  • No awards will be given for the 3 mile walk.
  • Walkers will not be officially timed, however self-timing equipment will be available on Race Day.

Race Results (results will be posted here at the conclusion of the race)

Entry Fee

Entry Fee
The cost for each participant is $25.00 for early registration – $30.00 after April 14, 2018.
You can register & pay online here or download paper copy here and mail it with your check to:
Veterans Freedom Park
225 W Main Street
Harrison, MI 48625
Make Checks payable to:
Veterans Freedom Park of Clare County
Questions-call (989) 539-3273
Your registration must be postmarked by April 14th, 2018 to be guaranteed a T-shirt.

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