CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Registration is now open for the Freedom Run 5K to benefit the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Foundation. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m., Dec. 31, at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park, 20499 Edgewater Drive in Port Charlotte.
Registration is $30. A veteran discount is available. Awards will be given for first, second, and third places in each age group. The deadline for entries is Dec. 29. To register, visit runsignup.com and enter Gaines in the Find a race field.
The Freedom Run 5K is a family and dog-friendly event to raise money for the construction of park amenities, including an ADA-accessible kayak launch. The event is being organized by the veteran's organization Paddle For Heroes.
The event will follow Centers for Disease Control safety guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available and runners instructed to maintain safe distances from each other.
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