World Race for Hope 5k

Wed January 1 - Sat February 1 Troy, OH US 45373 Directions


Free To Run Foundation presents the 13th Annual World Race for Hope 5k, which takes place in January 2020 to raise awareness of human trafficking. There are two events to choose from, an informal, untimed 5k run/walk in Troy, Ohio on New Year's Day, and a virtual race that you can do anywhere, anytime during the month of January. Both events are free, with an option to order a shirt.

Troy 5k

Once again, this is a free, no frills fun run/walk taking place along the Great Miami River in Troy, Ohio. There will not be official timing or results published, so be sure to bring your watch if you want to track your time! We will provide water and snacks to the participants post-race. Donations will be accepted both during sign-up and at the race, to help defray the costs, and to support our charity partners. The start and finish will be at the Gazebo on the river levee bike path by Hobart Arena.

New for 2020! During registration, you can choose to order one of the fair trade, organic cotton shirts from Freeset, which prior to the 2019 5k, we had offered to participants every race. The shirts are $15 (plus processing fee), and along with any donations received, proceeds from the shirts will go towards combatting human trafficking in the Greater Dayton area. Register by 11/30 if you'd like to get a shirt. We will have some extra shirts at the race available for purchase for $15.

Virtual Race for Hope

If you don't reside in the Dayton area, or you would rather support the cause by running indoors or on your own schedule, you can select the Virtual 5k option. You can choose to do your own virtual 5k anytime during the month of January, which is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month (aka Human Trafficking Awareness Month). We encourage you to share the race with your friends and family, and even post a picture during or after your virtual race on social media. Tag Free To Run Foundation on Facebook and/or Instagram, and use hash tag #virtualraceforhope and #virtualracetoendslavery. 

We will publish self-reported results from the Virtual 5k after January. You can submit your time here: (Optional)

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