Welcome to our 14th annual Freedom Fest!
FREEDOMFEST IS A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE TABLET OF HONOR CAMPAIGN!
Welcome to Freedom Fest 2015!
Now in our 14th year, this event is dedicated to the members past and present of our Armed Forces and their families.
Start Time: 0930
Map 16 mile:
Map 40 mile:
A great morning ride for the whole family through the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. (distance to be published soon!) If you are new to gravel riding or just want a fun shorter ride then this is your event!
Dirty Kanza /635th Regiment SPUR RIDE
Run and Ride Duathalon (5K run - 40m ride)
For the more competitive rider - compete in the Spur Ride. This ride requires completion of both the FreedomFest Run and a 40 mile gravel ride course. YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH EVENTS IN FOUR (4) HOURS. Upon completion of both events within the required timeframe you receive your special challenge coin and honorary membership in the 635th AR Regiment Order of the Spur! All who complete the SPUR RIDE will receive a certificate of completion from the regiment.
Proceeds for the SPUR Ride support the Kansas National Guard Family Support programs. The DK Family Ride supports the All Veterans Memorial.
Freedom Run & Walk
Start Time: 0930 hrs
Test your skills and have some fun! During and after the run,walk, and ride the whole family can enjoy the Military Arcade. Test your skills on our mini-tank range, simulated grenade throw and other military skills. Proceeds for the Arcade benefit the military family support group for Kansas National Guard members. No registration required. Donate to play that very day!
Whether you are watching or competing, stop by the Lyon County State Bank Food Trailer and Truck for a free Hot Dog and Chips lunch! Last year LCSB made available over 200 free meals for our FreedomFest competitors and guests!
Location & Parking
Soden’s Grove is located on the southern edge of Emporia off South Commercial Street/ Hwy 99. (To find online search 75 Soden’s Road, Emporia, KS 66801.) Remember no parking at the Memorial the day of the event.
Packet pick-up can take place Friday November 6th at the Emporia Main Street office or that morning at Soden’s Grove parking lot on Event Day. The check-in table will be open at 0800 hrs and close 30 minutes before each event.
SPUR RIDE InDUCTS 39 New Members
Awards & Recognition
Congratulations to the 39 inaugural members of the Dirty Kanza/635th Order of the Spur! Not all who competed met the challenge but we are thrilled to welcome those who achieved honorary spur status. The Order of the Spur Auxiliary is a civilian component of the 635th Armor Order of the Spur. The purpose of the organization is to educate the communities and celebrate the veterans and their families who served our country.
ORDER OF THE SPUR INDUCTION
Individuals who complete the 635th Armor Regiment Spur Ride in under four (4) hours will receive their Silver Spur and become an honorary member and certificate recipient of the 635th Armor Regiment Order of the Spur.
Freedom Run Awards
Medals are given to the winners of each age group (Male & Female) for 1st through 3rd place. Overall 1st - 3rd place plaques are presented to the top three male and female runners. Run times are official as this is a "certified 5K race."
Each participant who completes any event will receive the 2015 Commanders Challenge Coin. Pictured is the 2015 Challenge Coin.
Maps and Routes
Route/ Course Maps
To view your routes in advance select the links:
Due to the up-front costs of scheduling this event, we regret that we do not offer refunds as a result of weather or no-shows.
Be a Volunteer!
The tasks involved are many, including helping at the registration booth, passing out fruit or water on the day of the event, helping to direct the runners at turnaround points, or being part of our
cheering section. For more information please contact the Emporia Main Street Office at (620) 340-6430.
Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy
Yes, this event is in November! We can have freezing rain or beautiful Fall-like weather. After all, this is Kansas. If road conditions are unsafe, we may be forced to cancel the race due to ice or sleet.
Please call the Emporia Main Street Office for the latest weather update and race status if you suspect inclement weather at (620) 340-6430.
Meet our 2015 Sponsors
Photos courtesy of Grasroots Studio. To purchase or use please contact Paula at Grass Roots Studio.