PAST EVENT: Run the Freedom 5K

Run for freedom at the second annual Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage with Olympic champion and running icon, Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Joanie 2Run for Freedom at the second annual Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation and led our nation through the Civil War. Olympic champion and running icon Joan Benoit Samuelson will once again participate in the Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage. After winning the Boston Marathon twice, Ms. Benoit Samuelson went on to become the first woman to ever win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

2014 9 27 President Lincoln's Cottage 5K

Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, fields, historic buildings and vistas on this breath-taking course. The run culminates on the foot of the lawn at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where a ceremony will take place. The annual Freedom 5K is an unique opportunity for members of the public to race through the 250-acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home – home to hundreds of veterans who fought for freedom – in NW Washington, DC.  Proceeds and donations from the run support the mission of President Lincoln’s Cottage, a private non-profit organization.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 am.
WHERE: President Lincoln’s Cottage. Entrance: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011 [click here for directions].
FEE: $30 per person through race day. All proceeds and donations support preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives such as the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.
REGISTRATION: Click here to register online. Online registration closes on Thursday September 24 at 8:00 pm. Interested runners are welcome to register in-person at the race between 6:30 and 7:30 am. Registration closes at 7:30 am.
CONTACT: Contact President Lincoln’s Cottage with any questions at 202-829-0436 or
VOLUNTEERS: Are you interested in supporting the Freedom 5K? Help make this race a success by volunteering as a race marshal, registration assistant, set-up support, and more. Contact for more information.


Read what previous Freedom 5K participants had to say:
“Thanks for doing it. It was a beautiful run!”
“Great race! I had a fun time, and the course was both fun and challenging. The views of the District in the first half-mile were a real treat.”
“Already looking forward to the next one!”

Winning time at 2014 Freedom 5K: 16:42, Sebi Devlin-Foltz (DC)

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