World Race for Hope Columbus 5k+ – April 9, 2016



Finish Line Video:

Our 2017 race will be announced on Columbus Marathon weekend.


Join us at Scioto Audubon Park near downtown Columbus for our 5th annual World Race for Hope Columbus. Our 5th annual race will be a 5k+, actually 4.1 miles instead of 3.1. There is also a free, untimed 1 mile walk option.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10:00 am

Where: Scioto Audubon Park, Columbus, Ohio


Online Registration:

Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for 18 and under (prices increase by $5 after 3/6)

Register by 3/6 to be guaranteed a race shirt.

You can also create an online fundraising page to help raise funds to support our charity partners and the fight against human trafficking in Central Ohio.

Why: To make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.

The race supports Free To Run’s awareness and advocacy initiatives, as well as the following Columbus-area charity and social enterprise partners:

  • Freedom a la Cart
  • Gracehaven
  • OneVOICE4freedom
  • Out of Darkness Columbus
  • We Are Cherished Ohio
  • Legacy Candle
  • She Has A Name Cleaning

In 2016, go the extra mile to fight trafficking!

Packet Pick Up & Race Day Schedule

Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Optional Early Packet Pick Up at Columbus Running, 765 N. High St.

Saturday, April 9 – Scioto Audubon

8:30 am – Check-in & Same Day Registration Starts

9:55 am – Pre-race Announcements

10:00 am – Race start


Ohio Christian University

Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

New Year’s Day Recap

Our annual New Year’s Day 5k, the World Race for Hope Troy, took place at First Place Christian Center in downtown Troy this morning. While we weren’t fortunate enough to have the above normal temperatures that persisted throughout December, it wasn’t as cold as it has been in the past, and we were really thankful that the flood waters of the Great Miami River receded enough for our course to be clear. There were some highlights and features that have occurred in recent years, such as the cookie medals as age group awards, the pancake breakfast by the Troy FUMC youth, and a repeat (or perhaps a six-peat) for our overall winner. There was also a new aspect of the race, a live stream of the start and finish on YouTube (the video is long but you can jump ahead to find a specific finish according the clock.)  Thank you Take 2 Productions for arranging the video stream! Read more of this post

Virtual Race to End Slavery – January 2016

For the past several years we have offered a virtual option for all of our races to allow people to participate wherever they are located. One year, the virtual race was mentioned in a national magazine, and for that race the top fundraiser won a video chat with AnnaLynne McCord, herself an advocate for survivors of human trafficking. This past year, Liz Miele, a comedian featured in the Runner’s World feature, I’m a Runner, ran our virtual race for our Columbus race in March. Read more of this post

World Race for Hope Troy 5k, New Year’s Day 2016 & January Virtual Race

The 9th annual World Race for Hope 5k will take place in Troy, Ohio on Friday, January 1, 2016. Proceeds from the event will go towards raising awareness and fighting human trafficking in the Miami Valley.  Charity partners for the event include BE FREE Dayton, Abolition Ohio and Oasis House.

Thanks to our sponsor, Up and Running, when you register you will be eligible for prizes during the first few months of registration. The September prize is a pair of shoes from Up and Running. Those registering for the Troy 5k (virtual race excluded) between 8/31 and 9/30 will be entered into the drawing.

In addition to the 5k in Troy, participants can run a Virtual 5k any time during the month of January (National Slavery Prevention and Human Trafficking Awareness Month). Register by 11/30 to receive a shirt by January.

Register for either the 5k or the Virtual Race here:



Age Group


Speedy Feet

Speaker Series & Fashion Show – 9/26/15

Free To Run Foundation is partnering with the Troy First United Methodist Church to present the Hope for the 21st Century Speaker Series, 2015 edition. On September 26, at First Place Christian Center in Troy, author Benjamin Skinner will talk about his experiences documenting human trafficking on five continents, as found in his book, A Crime So Monstrous.

Later in the day, UNCHAINED will present a fashion show with a focus on human trafficking. The models will be local females who will be cast at a casting call on August 29 in Troy. For more information about UNCHAINED’s fashion show, go to  If you have questions about participating, email

For more information, and securing free tickets or being a sponsor of the events, go to

Running for Freedom in Columbus

We are excited to announce a new program of Free To Run Foundation, supporting two of our Columbus charity partners in addition to our own initiatives for education and prevention in southwest and central Ohio. Team Free To Run is a marathon/half marathon fundraising team formed for the purpose of highlighting the tragedy of human trafficking that is occurring all over the world, but also to bring a message of hope as we work to empower new abolitionists and fund strategic prevention initiatives. Our spotlight event for 2015 is the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on October 18, 2015. Free To Run will be exhibiting at the expo the two days before the race, and at the post-race Celebration Village to engage participants and their friends and family on this critical human rights issue.

Also, we are thrilled and appreciative that our goodwill ambassador Juli Accurso will be coming to Columbus to run the half marathon for Team Free To Run. Juli will be in the middle of a busy fall racing season, but she didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to run for freedom in her home state of Ohio.

Juli is Determined to End Slavery.

Juli is Determined to End Slavery.

For more information about Team Free To Run, including how to register, go to the program overview page: We hope you run with us, run for freedom, and take a stand against human trafficking.

2015 World Race for Hope Columbus Results

It was a great morning to run/walk in Columbus to raise awareness of human trafficking. We had a big turnout, making this the most successful race in Columbus in our first four years.

You will find the results posted here:

Link to Race Pictures (credit to Prophocey and Real Music Media)