Freedom 5K


2021 Freedom 5k! 

We are so excited to bring back to you the Freedom 5k! It’s going to look a little different this year but we know you will still bring your enthusiasm and fun to make this a fantastic event!


There are two choices for you this year:

1) Live in person race! July 4that 9:20am at Heckard Field in Molalla, OR

There are some things that will look a little different to allow us to host a live event.

We will be following the guidelines set for our state and county.

  • UPDATE 6/10/21: We will have an aid station at the half way point! Every athlete will need to provide their own hydration during their race. There won’t be any aid stations on the race course this year. We will provide bottled water at the finish.
  • NEW UPDATE as of 6/30/21: Mask mandates for the state of Oregon are officially lifted. Masking not required.  Anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable or isn’t fully vaccinated are welcome to wear a mask or face covering.  Please be kind and understanding to others about this. Mask shaming is not tolerated!
  • UPDATE  As of 6/30, All spectators are welcome! Only athletes on the track. No spectators at the start/finish line. They are welcome to cheer you on along the course as long as they are socially distancing. Exception for this is if you have a minor child racing and you are not. Parents of kids (under 18) racing can be at the track.
  • There won’t be awards this year for top finishers. We will still have finishing medals!
  • There will be no post race food. Make sure to bring your own recovery foods or visit one of our local restaurants. Ask us for recommendations, we love our local eateries
  • No day-of registration.

If we have to cancel due to Covid restrictions, all live entries will become a virtual option.  No deferring entries to 2022. No refunds.

  2) Virtual option! July 2-11, anytime, anywhere

This is an option if you don’t feel quite ready for a live in-person event or if you just like having the freedom to race when and where you want. The fee is the same and the swag is the same too. Make sure to complete and report your results between July 2ndand July 11th to our timer Cascadia Sports

 Race Caps

UPDATE: Our county (Clackamas) is currently at risk level ‘moderate’ which means we are allowed 150 racers in person. Clackamas county is now ‘low’ risk. As of 6/15/21, our race cap is for 220 live racers. If the county goes into a ‘extreme’ risk level, the entire event will be 100% virtual

  • If our permits get pulled due to increased risk levels, the event will be 100% virtual

View the state of Oregon’s Covid-19 risk level chart here –link

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



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). All the remainder of the course mirrors the parade route.  The course is flat and fast.

Molalla Buckeroo - Stunt Team

Start/Finish Location:

Heckard Field, Eckerd Ave., Molalla, OR

 Race Day Schedule:

Packets are pre race packet pick up only

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



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.




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) at the LIVE event only.  You will be allowed to finish the route as long as you stay in front of the parade. Strollers welcome.

No dogs or bikes please.



Shirts will still be a part of Freedom 5k for both the virtual and in-person race. Be sure you order the correct size as there will be no shirt exchanges this year.

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


Cascadia Sports Timing


All racers, live and virtual, will receive a finishing medal!

Photo Contest!

We will be having a fun photo contest for all racers: live and virtual! Best race pic! and Best costume! Post your pics on our Facebook page or #freedom5kmolalla on your Instagram or email to

Prizes: Gift cards from Molalla’s own Cowboy Coffee and Humble Pig Cafe

Pre-Race Packet Pick-up:

All packets for 2021 will be pre race packet pick up only. At the parking lot of Foothills Community church at 122 Grange Ave, Molalla, OR . If you are unable to pick up your packet in person, then we can ship it to you for an additional cost (shipping option expires 6/24).

Saturday, July 3rd 12:00-5:00pm

Driving Directions for Race Day:

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.








Course Records:

Male: Jason Rae- 2018- 16:16

Female: Batya Beard-2017- 18:34


Our 2021 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors




Gold Sponsors

Road Runner Sports  
Mountain View Promotions Talk of the Town Hair Salon

Silver Sponsors


Bentley Feed GFP Logo (1)
Print Northwest Dental


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