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 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 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

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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