The following event recap was written by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Newton runner and Freedom’s Run co-founder.
The Newton-sponsored Freedom’s Run was a huge success in only its second year. Three out of five events sold out and it is now the largest running event in the state of West Virginia by a large margin. The highlight of the day was seeing 400 children line up for the free one mile kids’ fun run.
The race headquarters is the newly opened Two Rivers Treads Center for Natural Running and Walking, the first store in the country to abandon traditional elevated heel shoes. Flat shoes were not the exception, but the norm in this event. The staff at Two Rivers Treads, Tom Shantz and James Munnis, were the logistics leads for the event.
The event drew runners from 42 states and wound its way through four National Parks. It is being looked on as a National model for engaging the National Parks in health and fitness – as seen at the five-minute mark this brief video of “Park Prescriptions” – part of the larger initiative called America’s Great Outdoors.
Newton Tech Rep Jacob Edwards commented after the race, “This is an event I hope we continue to partner with. Shepherdstown is a community that has supported the Newton brand like nothing I have seen. You can not run down the C&O Towpath, walk around a street corner, or sit in a coffee shop without seeing the Newton shoe. The community is a perfect example that if you bring passion and knowledge with the brand, there is no limitations for our company.”
The half marathon through the hilly Antietam National Battlefield was won by Newton Athlete David Hyrvniak (pictured). Lots of great stories and blogs on the Freedom’s Run homepage.