and Kid's race
Damascus Regional Park
We like to think that while there are a billion races out there, our Damascus Freedom 5K feels like none of them. Come on out and see for yourself.
Two races: Damascus Freedom 5K races + Kid's Quarter Mile FREEdom Fun Run. Participation in the Kid's Quarter Mile FREEdom Fun Run and all kid's activities are entirely free.
However this is MUCH more than just a race. There's something for everyone (especially the kids!)
If you have a US flag that is in bad shape that you plan to discard, please bring it to the race. Flags collected at check in will be turned over to Damascus American Legion Post 171 where they will be retired in the proper manner with dignity and respect.
A great day is planned to raise money for a great cause, so come on out, be active with the community, and join the fun! There is something for everyone.
There will still be race day check-in, but packet pickup will be available a day early on 9/9/17 between 9am - 12pm at MMA & Sport in Damascus in the shopping center by KFC and behind Weis. Miss any lines, get shirts, bibs, etc. ahead of time.
They don't make course maps better than this. The 5K course will run North along Magruder Branch Trail, turn left at Sweepstakes Rd. and Cutsail, follow a grassy and wooded path for a short time and head back to the trail and to the park.
In the winter of 2010, a group of friends noticed that the upcoming 9/11 would fall on a Saturday and decided to try to use the opportunity to unite the community and local businesses to create an appropriate, fun, family friendly event, respectful of the horrific events that occurred that day just 9 years earlier and hopefully give something back to those who serve by raising needed money for Disabled American Veterans. The Damascus Freedom 5K was born.
Between the time registration first opened on 7/21/2010 until race day on 9/11/2010, it became obvious that our great community would overwhelmingly support this event. In the end, 114 participants completed the inaugural event, a substantial contribution was made to Disabled American Veterans and it became clear that this event would continue.
In 2011, the event grew a lot. We added a 10K and in addition to the DAV, we added the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House and USO - Metropolitan Washington to the list of non-profit organizations we collectively support. The community came through again - big time! Our great sponsors returned and 199 people finished the races. Most importantly, our contributions grew substantially.
In 2012, we were pleased to name local organization Hero Dogs as a new beneficiary. We also continued to enjoy strong community support.
In 2013, we netted our largest field to date as 226 runners completed the races.
In 2014 we had to drop the 10K but still over 200 runners finished and we netted our largest 5K field to date.
This event could not go on without the support of our community - the runners, businesses, friends, family, others who volunteer, county employees (M-NCPPC and MCPD) and others who serve and protect our freedom everyday.