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Registration opens for Great Western Freedom 4

Registration is open for runners and walkers who wish to participate in the 2018 July 4th Great Western Freedom 4 to benefit Lazarus House. Last year about 400 patriotic participants started their holiday out at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve running, walking, or dashing to help their neighbors in need.

The run is a competitive 4 mile race on a USATF certified course and is part of the Fox River Trail Runners Circuit, awards will be issued overall and by age groups.  The 2-mile scenic walk is suited for the whole family. Performance t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 150 registered runners and cotton t-shirts are given to the next 250 runners and walkers.  The Kids Dash offers races for children 12 and under in several different age categories, each child will receive a small gift and awards are given to the winners in each category.

Runners and walkers can pre-register at  Pre-registration fee is $28 for the run until May 30, $30 from June 1-July 1.  A $3 pre-registration race discount if offered to Fox River Trail Runners, Dick Pond Fast Track, CARA, and Performance Runner members through July 1. Only 1 discount per person.  Pre-registration for the walk is $20 and children 9 & under are free for the walk only.  There is no pre-registration for the Kids Dash.  Event day registration is $35 for runners, $25 for walkers and $5 for the Kids Dash.

Check in starts at 6:30 am with the run & walk starting at 8:00 am at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, in St. Charles. Kids Dash registration continues until 8:30 am and races start about 9:00 am.

Sponsorship opportunities start as low as $100 for vendor space on event day.   Information can be found online at or by calling Darlene at 630-587-2144.

All proceeds benefit Lazarus House, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Emergency Shelter, Center for Transitional Living, and Outreach Program for men, women, and children who are homeless or in crisis from Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, or western rural Kane County.