Location: Waterfront Park, 101 E. Bay Street
For over thirty years the N.C. 4th of July Festival Freedom Run has been racing through Southport. Held annually the Saturday before the festival, the 5k run and 1 mile fun run begins and ends at the beautiful Waterfront Park(101 E. Bay Street). The Freedom Run is a family affair, which lives up to its name.
Generations of families participate in the event, some wearing “team “shirts bearing the family name, while others show their patriotism as is the case with the gentleman who runs each year holding “Old Glory” high as he crosses the finish line.
The Freedom Run Course is a serene tour of Southport. The 5k run course begins at the Southport Waterfront with the firing of “Thor”, Southport Historical Society’s cannon. It then travels through the historic district under a canopy of live oak trees, which line the streets ending back at the Waterfront Park with spectators cheering participants as they cross the finish line.
Freedom Run Awards represent our area: Southport is home to various artisans including many talented potters. Overall and age groups award winners are presented with one of a kind pottery bowl from local potter, Kimberly Caroon.
Register before June 3rd to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Those registering after this date may not get a shirt with their registration. Those who register before June 3rd and do not pick up their shirt before 8am on June 25th will forfeit their shirt. T-shirts are 100% cotton unisex shirts.