Freedom 5K



Race Description:

Voted best 2013 July race by Run Oregon! On the 4th of July in Molalla, thousands of people from all over the region will line our street to watch the parade. The Freedom 5K is a 3.1 mile race that mirrors the entire parade route just before the parade starts.  This race is designed for both the serious athlete seeking a PR, as well as individuals and families just looking for a fun experience on the 4th of July.  Aside from the thrill of having thousands of people to cheer you on as you accomplish your goal, the race also takes you through historic downtown Molalla, and provides a great way to see our community. Race is capped at 700 racers.

$26 pre register; $5 Family discount. Discount for families with 3 or more registrants in the same household.

$30 race day registration

Register Here

(All registrations are final.  We are not able to offer refunds or transfers.)

Course Description:

Beginning on the track at the stadium you will run/walk over a short section of field and up a street to the beginning of the parade route (1/2 mile to the parade route). Virtually all the remainder of the course mirrors the parade route.  The course is flat and fast.

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 Race Day Schedule:

You can pick up your race packet on race day

8:00 am – Registration opens
9:20 am - 5K starts
9:30 am - Parade begins
10:20 am - Race officially ends

 Course Map Here


As a non-profit organization we are proud to be able to give 100% of our race profits back into the community.   One portion of the profits will go to support veterans in need through our local  VFW Post.  The money raised goes

1017311_483380175073415_985340650_nto our veterans to things like providing dental care to homeless veterans, giving care packages to active duty members in combat zones, and financial aide to needy/disabled veterans.  It is the veterans who have secured our freedom, and we want to give back to them.

Another portion of our profits will go to our local Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber organizes the parade, and they support the businesses in our community.  With the economic condition our Chamber has lost some funding and we want to support them so that they can support our local business.

This year we are proud to add the Community Transformation for Molalla for sidewalk restoration. This will allow us to donate a portion of our profits to “Rodeo walk of fame” which not only buys a plaque but also repairs the sidewalks around it.. By choosing to run the Freedom 5K you are making a difference!!!

Make sure to click on the “Donate” tab when you register if you wish to contribute beyond your race entry fee.

Who can participate?

This race is designed for both walkers and runners.  Official times will be given to all participants who finish the race in under one hour (19:21 min/mile pace).  You will be allowed to finish the route as long as you stay in front of the parade. Strollers welcome. No dogs please.


All participants will get a technical t-shirt. The sooner you register, the better chance of guaranteeing your size as we have a limited number of certain sizes.

Free Rodeo Ticket:

All participants will receive one general admission Molalla Buckaroo matinee ticket for July 4th. So after the race, plan on staying for the best rodeo around!


Our timer this year will be Huber Timing. On-line registration is thru Run Sign Up. The race will be timed using disposable timing chips.

Awards and Door Prizes:

Awards will be given for top male and female finishers, as well as age group awards.  You must pick up your award at the awards table, as we do not mail out awards.  We will also have some amazing door prizes at the Freedom 5K.  Participants should check their bib number at the awards table to see if they won a door prize.  Door prizes must be claimed before the end of the event.

Medals for every youth finisher 5-17 years old!

Pre-Race Packet Pick-up:


Driving Directions:

As the 4th of July draws so many people into our town it is important that you follow these directions to enter and exit the race. Leave yourself plenty of time to arrive as traffic will be heavy.

From I-5 take exit 271 east onto hwy 214.  This turns into Hwy 211 after you cross 99E in Woodburn.  Continue on Hwy 211.  After you cross 213 where the Molalla Safeway is, take your third right onto S Ona Way, take your next left onto South Molalla Forest Rd.  Take a left on Molalla Ave., a right on 5th Street, and a left on Eckherd St. Track/Stadium is on the right.

From I-205, take exit 10 (Park place/Molalla) onto Hwy 213. Drive south on 213 for 16 miles. Turn left at the 211/213 intersection. take your third right onto S Ona Way, take your next left onto South Molalla Forest Rd.  Take a left on Molalla Ave., a right on 5th Street, and a left on Eckherd St. Track/Stadium is on the right.

Parking is available and free at the event.

Our 2014 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors


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Talk of the Town Hair Salon

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Silver Sponsors



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Race Results

2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results

Course Records:

Male- Scott Pinske 15:38 (2012)

Female- Beth Anderson 20:41 (2014)

View race photos on our facebook page!  View 2014 results here!

Like our Freedom 5k facebook page!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is anyone dressing up for the Freedom 5K?

A: We are encouraging those who would like to dress up in red, white, and blue. Let’s have fun together celebrating our nation’s independence!

Q: Can jogging strollers be used during at the Freedom 5K?

A: Yes. The Freedom 5K is perfect for families to be able to run or walk this together. Please just be courteous of the other runners and walkers around you, especially on narrow sections of the course.

Q: Will you have any aid stations?

A: Yes.  There will be one aid station handing out water about 1/2 half way through the course.

Q: What about restrooms?

A: There are restrooms and showers available at the start/finish line. No restrooms on the course.

Q: Can my dog run with me?

A: While we all love our 4 legged friends we are asking that you please leave your dogs at home, to ensure their safety and the safety of our participants and parade audience.

Q: I am interested in training for the Freedom 5K, but I currently don’t run. How can I get started?

A: You are welcome to join any of our training runs.  We meet every Saturday morning at 8:00, at Main St. Coffee.  215 E Main st. Molalla, Or 97038.  We have groups for different ability levels.  If you are looking for a training programs and your are just starting out, here are a couple of good options:  our own Strive for 5Couch to 5K, Frontrunner Training and Runner’s World.

Q: I love to help out. How can I  volunteer?

A: We love our volunteers! Our race wouldn’t happen without them. There are many shifts and jobs available from stuffing goodie bags, registration, parking,  handing out water and many more.

Q: Can I watch the parade after the race?

A: Yes. Our start/finish line is very close to the end of the parade route. Depending on how quickly the parade moves along, and how quickly you finish the race you should have time to watch the parade.

Q: I’m all sweaty but I want to go to the rodeo and enjoy the day in Molalla.

A: Our locker rooms at the start/finish line have showers for our racers to use. You can clean up and enjoy the rest of your day!

Q: Will my race result be online?

A: Yes.  Results will be available  minutes after crossing the finish line!

Q: What is the best way to stay informed on any changes?

A: If you are on Facebook, click the link on the side of this page, and like our page. We will post updates about the Freedom 5K and other information about our running club there. You can also sign-up to receive e-mail updates about the race and our club. 

Molalla . . . a great place to spend the 4th of July:

After the race all of our participants are invited to stick around and watch the parade. And if you want to make a day of it, Molalla has some great restaurants and Main Street Coffee with free wi-fi where you can relax as you wait to attend one of the best rodeo’s around: The Molalla Buckaroo.