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Freedom 8K, Freedom Mile Establish Memorial Day Tradition
Event to benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes; unique race medal for 8K

Freedom 8K, Freedom Mile Establish Memorial Day Tradition

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Posted Monday, 6 February, 2012

From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. - (February 3, 2012) - The Freedom Marathon, Inc. has announced the 2nd Freedom 8K Race / Walk and the Freedom Mile (Kids' Warrior Trot) is set for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012. The Freedom 8K will begin at 8:00am (soft start at 7:55am for the Wheelchair Division), followed by the Freedom Mile (Kids' Warrior Trot) at 10:00am. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes. Gunnery Sergeant Hayes is a double leg amputee wounded in Afghanistan in 2010 and continues his recovery at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

"As a runner and marathoner, I understand the importance of having a great medal for race / walk participants. We wanted a medal, once again, that was truly one of a kind and expressed the significance of this race," said Manny Cordero, CEO and Founder, Freedom Marathon, Inc. "Our goal is to make this medal something our runners will be proud of and a reminder that we have not forgotten the sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made for this country."

This medal is different than any other on the racing circuit. The Green Cove Springs Freedom 8K is an extremely detailed three dimensional medal encrusted with a crystal. This medal hangs from a heat transferred ribbon which is made to resist smearing and heat which provides for a higher quality of graphics. Every registered individual who completes the 8K will receive this medal along with a technical short sleeve shirt and a backpack.

Freedom Marathon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and engage the public through running and walking to support the needs of veterans and their families, delivering a message of hope and assuring them that America has not forgotten their sacrifices. There are no dues or fees to join Freedom Marathon, Inc. We believe those are paid on the battlefield and in service to our Country. Freedom Marathon, Inc. believes the greatest casualty is forgetting our Veterans. We will also support local charitable municipality initiatives critical to the vitality of the region.

Event will celebrate the fun of fitness, improve our health, and support a great cause in a great city.

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