Ge­or­gia High­land’s 3-Race Se­ries’s first event is part of LaFayette’s Free­dom Fest

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

The 2nd An­nual Free­dom Fest Run is this Satur­day, July 1 at 7 a.m. This year run­ners can choose from a 10K or 5K runs. Grab your Red, White and Blue and join us for mu­sic, re­fresh­ment and fun. Awards for age cat­e­gories will be given and pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the LaFayette Ram­bler Cross County Track and Field pro­grams!

“I want to wel­come ev­ery­one in LaFayette, Walker County and from around the area to be a part of the Free­dom Fest Run and then be a part of the Rein­deer Run com­ing up in De­cem­ber,” Mayor Andy Arnold said.

This year’s Free­dom Fest Run is part of the Ge­or­gia High­lands Race Se­ries which in­cludes a 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Rein­deer Run on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2. This is the ONLY race se­ries in North­west Ge­or­gia.

LaFayette Track Coach and Free­dom Fest Run Co­or­di­na­tor Chris O’Neil says that’s what makes this unique,

“We want to of­fer run­ners from around the area a chance to be a part of a se­ries that now in­cludes three races and may in­clude up to five races in the next few years,” he said.

The monies raised from all the races ben­e­fits chil­dren in LaFayette. The Free­dom Fest funds the LaFayette High School Track Team and the Rein­deer Run funds the LaFayette Shop with the Cop pro­gram which makes Christ­mas Wishes come true for area chil­dren.

“These are great races but they will win the race of life for chil­dren in our area and that is why the City and the Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity work so tire­lessly to make these events a suc­cess,” said Rachel Oesch Wille­ford, pres­i­dent of the LaFayette Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity.

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