Joan Benoit Samuelson Runs Inaugural Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage
District resident Sebi Devlin-Foltz beats nearly 230 runners with a remarkable 16:42 race time.
September 27, 2014. Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson presented District resident Sebi Devlin-Foltz the top prize at the inaugural Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage on Saturday September 27th. Samuelson, the first woman to win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the Los Angeles games in 1984, was the honorary host of the Freedom 5K XC event, which traversed the historic 250-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in Northwest Washington, DC. Nearly 230 runners from the across the DC metropolitan area competed in this inaugural event, which curved past historic buildings, around ponds and meadows, and through a wooded road before a final uphill climb to the lawn of President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Freedom 5K XC supports preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives including the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.
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Pictured: Mr. Charles Felder, Mr. Sebi Devlin-Foltz, and Ms. Joan Benoit Samuleson at the Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage on Saturday September 27, 2014. Photo: ©Max Krupka Washington Executive Photographic Services, courtesy President Lincoln’s Cottage.