What started out as a dream and a desire to help the Quad Cities area's Veteran and active duty Military and their families became a reality for organizers in East Moline.

The Freedom Run 5K is this Thursday and is more than just a run.  It's a way to give back to Military and their families. You don't have to run.  You can watch, you can cheer, and you can volunteer! However you decide to participate, you're going to have fun!

From the cannon used as a “starter’s pistol” to the “dog-tag” medals the soldiers will place around the participants necks at the finish line, this unique event is “military” from start to finish. The WWII Army jeep as the pace car, the various military vehicles throughout the course, the 100+ American flags lining the course, the camo-netting over the refreshments area, the unique military style tee shirt each participant will receive, this event will be 100% military.

People run, walk, or roll in the Freedom Run for many different reasons. Some are trying to break records or achieve personal bests. Some come in memory of parents or grandparents who spent their careers in the military, or of loved ones who lost their lives in the line of duty. Many are honoring sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, or mothers and fathers who are in the military today. Others come to salute America’s injured soldiers who participate in the 5K and demonstrate for all the true spirit of “soldiering on”. And hundreds of others will come to simply thank the men and women of the US Forces for all they do at home and abroad.

To learn more and to register (deadline is midnight August 6th) click here and B100 will see you there!

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