William R, Gaines Jr Freedom Run 5K

Sun December 31, 2023 Directions


William R, Gaines Jr Freedom Run 5K

$25 9:00AM EST Price increases after December 1, 2023 at 11:59pm EST
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FUN 1 Mile-ish walk

$30 9:00AM EST Help support the William R. Gaines Jr. Veteran Memorial


William R Gaines Jr Veterans Memorial Park

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Join us for one of the last 5k's of the year and let's leave 2023 in the dust! The race will start and end at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park. All proceeds will go toward the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Fund.

9am start time

The 3rd Annual 5K Freedom Run at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park will take place at 9 a.m. on December 31, 2023. 
The park is located at 20414 Edgewater Dr. in Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

Packet Pickup will be race morning starting at 7:30am

The run will start in the park beginning at the sixty foot American flag pole. Attendees will be surrounded by memorials dedicated to our Military & First Responders, and a Gold Star Families Marker. Runners will make their way past athletic courts, as well as a Military themed playground and the Charlotte County Liberty Tree, on their way to the scenic Port Charlotte
Beach. The runners will follow their way back to the park for refreshments and the announcements of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners by age category.
This is a chance for the whole family to bring in the New Year. Runners will receive military green Freedom Run t-shirts, and dog tag shaped medals for the top runners in various age categories. 
To sign up, please visit wrgainesjr.org/5k.

For more information
please contact Michael Gaines at 813-785-6709 or

Family/Dog-Friendly event. 
Fruit, energy bars, water will be available after the run.

View the course Map Please stay on the Sidewalks as the streets will not be closed.
Course Map

Veterans Discount is available

Beirut Peacekeeping Tower Groundbreaking Media Coverage


MacDill AFB Photos:

Wink News Video:

PBS did short 1:38 min video of Chip Shields speech with many pictures:

Race Contact Info

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William R. Gaines Jr. Veteran Memorial
20499 Edgewater Dr
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

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