Sponsor Spotlight – Up and Running

On the second day of our 12 Days of Freedom series of blog posts, we are featuring one of our New Year’s Day race sponsors, Up and Running. The locally-owned running store celebrated 10 years for their Dayton store, and recently marked 4 years at its Troy location on 12 S. Market St in the downtown shopping district. And to top it off, they were voted as one of the top 50 running stores in the country for 2015, an achievement earned by only 3 stores in Ohio. Read more of this post

Kicking Off 12 Days of Freedom

The 25th of December is the first day of the 12 days of Christmas, the start of which coincides with the birth of Jesus Christ, and ends with the arrival of the Three Kings (Epiphany). As we approach the start of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and our annual World Race for Hope Troy 5k, we will be posting each day through January 6 about some aspect of our programs. There will be spotlight articles about our race sponsors and charity partners, plus we will preview some of our other events planned for 2016.

Today, the focus is on our upcoming 5k in our hometown of Troy, Ohio. It will be the 9th annual race on New Year’s Day, featuring the normal course starting in downtown Troy and going out and back on the bike path by the river. Online registration is available through December 31 at https://runsignup.com/worldraceforhopetroy. You can also register in person at our optional early packet pickup at Up and Running in Troy (12. S. Market St.) from 2-4 pm, or the morning of race at First Place Christian Center (16 W. Franklin St.) starting at 8:30 am. Like last year, the Troy FUMC Youth Group is offering a freewill offering pancake breakfast at First Place after the race, with donations going towards their missions. Overall male and female winners and age group awards will start at approximately 11:15.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Free To Run Foundation thanks everybody for their support this past year, and we look forward to continuing to educate and raise awareness in our respective communities in the coming year. We wish you peace and joy in this holiday season.


World Race for Hope 5k – Troy, Ohio – January 1, 2015

***Registration is closed for the Troy race, but you can still be a virtual race participant throughout January, but going to the Registration Page and choosing the Virtual Race Option.***

Results from Speedy Feet


Finish Line Video (coming soon)

Registration is open for our 8th annual World Race for Hope 5k in Troy, Ohio on New Year’s Day 2015. Through November 30, early registration for adults is $20, and students or children pay only $15. The prices go up by $5 on December 1st, and will stay the same level through same day registration.  Register before the price increase on 12/1 to guarantee a fair trade, organic cotton t-shirt.

Registration Page


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World Race for Hope 5k – Troy, Ohio – 1/1/2014

Registration for the 7th annual World Race for Hope 5k in Troy, Ohio is open.

Online Registration

Through 10/15, adult registration is $17. Between 10/16 and 12/1, the cost is $20 and after 12/1, the cost is $25.  Students and children can register for $15 through 12/1, increasing to $20 after that.

Our charity partners for the New Year’s Day race include Somaly Mam Foundation and Be Free Dayton.  Email wr4h@troyfumc.org to request information about becoming a charity partner.

Details about the Virtual Race will be released later in September.

Make a Stand Weekend – Troy, Ohio – August 31 & September 1

lemonOn Labor Day weekend in Troy, Ohio, join the movement and make a stand against human trafficking. It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves in the world today. When 9 year old Vivienne Harr learned about child slavery a little more than a year ago, she decided she had to do something about it.  She started a lemonade stand and sold lemonade for 365 straight days. Now, as a 9 y.o. social entrepreneur, her fair trade lemonade is being bottled, and she has raised over $1 million to fight child slavery.  Labor Day weekend in Troy will feature two opportunities to meet Vivienne. Read more of this post