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For the first time in its nearly 30-year history, the Yorktown Freedom Run will be an 8K race, and it will be through some of Yorktown’s most scenic and historic routes.
“Looking at all of the races around the country, we concluded the serious racers, the people that are really into racing, would prefer the 8K rather than the 5K,” said Malcolm Burgess, a member of the Yorktown Rotary Club, who has been involved in the race for years.
The 8K race is entirely run by the Rotary Club, which is expecting 400 to 500 people at the race.
The course starts and ends at York High School. Runners will navigate down Surrender Road and around undisturbed redoubts, George Washington and French headquarters, the French cemetery and vintage cannons.
In earlier years, the race was held as part of Yorktown’s Fourth of July festivities, but the race was moved in 2008 to Memorial Day.
“It seemed to us we should preserve as much as we can of the patriotic flavor of the race,” Burgess said.
After leaving the Fourth of July weekend, the race was moved to Grafton High School, where it was held up until last year.
The 8K is designated a Grand Prix event for Peninsula Track Club members, and the club will be providing the timing and scoring for runners.
Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers overall and the first three finishes in the 40 years and old masters class. Medals will also be awarded to the top three people in each age and gender category.
The registration fee before May 16 is $20 and $25 thereafter, including on race day, May 25.
All proceeds from the race will go toward the Yorktown Rotary Club’s service projects. Some of the projects currently in the works include hosting families from EdMarc, a hospice for terminally ill children, for a weekend; hosting a fishing weekend for local paralyzed veterans; and providing three college scholarships to seniors from York, Grafton and Tabb high schools.
For more information on the run and to view the application, click here.