The Freedom 5K 2020 has gone virtual!

Hooah! The Freedom 5k is going virtual in 2020! We are so excited to host our patriotic racers this year in a new style. Your mission this Veteran’s Day Weekend: Chart your own 5k course to honor those who have served and to raise funds for the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA’s “Pets for Vets” program and No Greater Sacrifice.

  • Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA’s “Free Adoptions for Veterans” program: The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is proud to serve the veteran community through our Free Adoptions for Veterans program. Albemarle County is home to around 6,500 veterans, making up about 5% of the county’s total population (U.S. Census). The secluding nature of post-traumatic stress disorder prevents many veterans from seeking mainstream treatment, but research suggests that companion animals can help provide a non-stigmatizing alternative therapy.

  • No Greater Sacrifice: No Greater Sacrifice (NGS) is dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen and wounded Service members delivering scholarships and resources to improve their quality of life through the pursuit of higher education. NGS has committed more than $12.5 million in post-high school education benefits nation-wide.

Run with us!

The race will take place the weekend of November 6th through November 11th, Veteran’s Day. Complete your mission any time between the 6th through the 11th to obtain your badge of honor finisher’s medal.

You can visit our virtual race site by clicking the button below, registration opens September 11, 2020!

Register here

Send a Salute!

Upon completing your 5K run or walk, you are invited to “Send a Salute”, a shout out to your favorite Veteran(s), or to thank all Veterans.  Turn your phone on yourself and make a short video selfie!  Or send a post-race photo with a quote.  As an example: “I just ran 3 miles in honor of SSGT Doug Miller—thank you for your service!”  Further details coming soon on how to participate and send us your salute.  A special patriotic prize will be mailed to all that “send us a salute”!  USA! USA! USA!

Email gratitudecville@gmail.com with any questions.