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Saturday June 25, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 10:55 AM EDT
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Southport Waterfront Park 
101 West Bay Street
Mailing Address: 4433 Long Beach Road, SE
Southport, NC 28461

Driving Directions 


Karen Sphar 
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce 

For over thirty years the N.C. 4th of July Festival Freedom Run has been racing through Southport. Held annually the Saturday before the festival, the 5k run and 1 mile fun run begins and ends at the beautiful Waterfront Park(101 E. Bay Street). The Freedom Run is a family affair, which lives up to its name.

2016 Schedule of Events:

 Friday, June 24th

6:00pm-8:00pm – Onsite Registration & Packet Pickup @ Waterfront Park

Saturday, June 25th

6:30am- 7:30am – Onsite Registration & Packet Pickup @ Waterfront Park

7:45am – Opening Ceremonies

8:00am – 5k Freedom Run Start

9:00am – 1 Mile Fun Run

Course:  The 5000 meter Freedom Run follows a course through Historic Southport along the waterfront of the Cape Fear River. The course is paved asphalt and is mostly flat.

No bikes, pets, or roller blades.  Jogging Strollers only allowed at back of starting line.

Entry Fees:

5K Registration Fees: 

                Until June 3rd:   $31.00

                June 4th – June 25th:  $38.00

5K Registration Fees for Children 18 and under, Active or Retired Military, First Responders and their family members (ID proof required):

                Until June 3rd:   $23.00

                June 4th  – June 25th:  $33.00

1 Mile Fun Run Registration Fee:

              Until June 3rd:  $18.00

              June 4th – June 25th:  $18.00

Registration Fee is non-Refundable.  There is a $3.00 online credit card processing fee included in the above registration fees.

Awards- Beautiful pottery bowls by Kimberly Caroon. All winners must be present at the awards ceremony to receive awards. 

5K Run - 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall male and female.   1st, 2nd & 3rd in each age category for male & female.    Age Categories: 13 and under, 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and up.  (Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards). 

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk - 1st, 2nd & 3rd place overall male and female.


You must be registered by June 3rd to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Those registered after this date may not recieve a shirt. "No Shows" will forfeit their shirts if not picked up by 8am on June 25, 2016.