The Essence of Freedom 5K Run
Corner of Orchard and Todd Ct., behind Runners Village
849 Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
United States 
Monday, May 28, 2018
8:45 AM
Event Information

Join us Monday, May 28, 2018, for the Essence of Freedom Run in Deerfield, IL!


For the last five years, hundreds of runners and thousands of spectators have lined the streets of Deerfield, Ill. on Memorial Day for the Essence of Freedom Run. The run is the signature fundraising event for Support Our Soldiers Freedom, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from the run provide support to active duty military and veterans for expenses not covered by military benefits.


The 2018 event is a 5K race that will include chip timing, t-shirts, goodie bags, music and food. Not a runner? That’s okay. Walkers are welcome to participate! Start your Memorial Day by honoring the brave men and women who have lost their lives protecting our freedom.


Come back to this page regularly! We'll continue to make updates as the event nears.


Men's and woman's best overall and by men's and woman's age groups (0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+).


Tribute signs: 

Runners and walkers are inspired by tribute signs that are placed along the course.

Anyone can create a trikbute sign in honor or memory of a loved one.


Gear Check In:

8:00 a.m.


Race Time and Start:

8:45 a.m. (Corner of Orchard and Todd Ct., behind Runners Village)



9:15 a.m.


Award Ceremony:

9:30 a.m. at Runners Village. Runners must be present to receive their awards.


Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies:

10:00 a.m.


Goodie Bags:

Information will be shared as the event nears. 

Stroller/Pet Policy:

Pets are NOT allowed on the race course at any time during the event.

Strollers will line up at the back. 


Packet Pickup:

Information will be shared as the event nears. 


Weather/Refund Policy:

This race will be held regardless of rain, snow, or freezing temperatures. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed or canceled. If the race is canceled there will be NO REFUNDS. The Essence of Freedom Run has a NO REFUND policy. There are no refunds for any reason.

Race name:  
5K (Regular Registration)
Time:  8:45 AM
Fee: $45.00

Race name:  
5K Active Duty and Retired Military
Time:  8:45 AM
Fee: $0.00

Police, Fire, Active Duty, and Retired Military

Proper ID is required at packet pick up.

Race name:  
Sponsor an active duty/ reserve/ veteran participant
Time:  8:45 AM
Fee: $45.00

Sponsor A Hero

Police, Fire, Active Duty and Retired Military run The Essence of Freedom 5k Run for free thanks to generous supporters! Many even run in uniform!

If you are running (or walking), consider adding one of these heroes to your registration. If you can't run (or walk) but want to help our important cause, you can pay for a hero's registration. It's quick, easy and secure. You may specify the hero's name on the next page.

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