a community partnership

OUR MISSION

Freedom Fest began in 2003 by Emporia Main Street volunteers to honor all Veterans and their families through a series of competitive, physical and community gathering events as part of the  of the All Veterans Tribute week.  The All Vets Tribute is  held annually throughout the founding city of Veterans Day, Emporia, Kansas. (Learn more about All Veterans Day - Founding City Emporia, Kansas).  Emporia Freedom Fest is held the Sunday before All Veterans Day with all events starting and ending at the Emporia All Veterans Memorial.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Originally a small and informal 5K run/walk, the event is now a 5k Freedom Run/Walk,  a 16 mile or 40 mile Freedom Ride (self-paced) through the Flint Hills and a unique, very competitive, physically challenging, and rewarding three event competition called the Spur Challenge.

 

Virtual Freedom Run/Walk

Now in it's 17th year, this timed event provides recreational and competitive opportunities for all ages and abilities.  All Freedom Run/Walk participants will receive the 2020 Freedom Fest shirt.The top three finishers in each category will receive Emporia Main street gift certificates, and the overall top three Men and Women will receive a customized trophy designed by the FHTC Welding program.

 

Rules for Virtual Run/Walk/Stroll:

1. Pick your distance (5K or 1mi walk) 

2.  Choose your Veterans Memorial anywhere in the World

3.  Run to, from through or by your Veterans Memorial as part of your part.

4.  Send us pics of your run, your memorial name and location and share your time. We will send you your shirt and your medal as well as post your photos on our FB page and our gallery page here at our website.

5.  Optional:  share who you are riding in honor of with a photo, name, rank and service and a short bio about your favorite Veteran!  We'll have a Veterans Honor Gallery for all to see and review on our FB and our website.

Vjrtual SGT Timmerman and IKE 16 AND 40 Freedom Rides

Participants normally can choose to enjoy a leisurely ride of 16 or 40 miles through the beautiful Flint Hills. this year you pick the route anywhere in the World!  We only ask that you incorpate the instructions below so we can send you your shirt, ride sticker and post your photos!

 

Here's how to receive your SWAG...

1. Pick your distance (16mi or 40 mi  

2.  Choose your Veterans Memorial anywhere in the World

3.  Ride to, from through or by your Veterans Memorial as part of your part.

4.  Send us pics of your run, your memorial name and location and share your time. We will send you your shirt and your medal as well as post your photos on our FB page and our gallery page here at our website.

5.  Optional:  share who you are riding in honor of with a photo, name, rank and service and a short bio about your favorite Veteran!  We'll have a Veterans Honor Gallery for all to see and review on our FB and our website.

 

CANCELLED:  The First Kansas/Will to Win Spur Challenge is a timed and skill based tri-event that grew out of a partnership between the members of of the Emporia Main Street Freedom Fest Committee,  and the directors of the Dirty Kanza (Dirty Kanza Promotions) Jim Cummins and LeLan Dains.  Our joint vision is to provide a premier event that mingles veterans, current members of the military, and community in a challenging series of events resulting in the award of a unique cavalry spur. Net proceeds of the event are donated to a scholarship fund for the children of Kansas Veterans from the 635th Armor and 137th Infantry regiments. (Army/National Guard).

DYNAMIC DISCS Freedom Fest Open (Disc Golf)

It's on and on-site!  Two flights this year with of course a very cool Custom Disc!  This is a Non-sanctioned Disc Golf Tournament/Fundraiser to support US Veterans and to build further awareness of Emporia's role in creating Veterans Day.  Come play the Eric McCabe designed temporary Soden's Grove course! See the registration page and links to learn more.

LONG-TERM PARTNERS AND FRIENDS

Started by Emporia Main Street, Freedomfest has partnered for over ten years with organizations such as the City of Emporia, KVOE Family of Radio Stations, Gravel City Adventure and Supply Co, the Emporia Recreation Commission, The All Veterans Memorial Committee, and the local units of the Kansas National Guard.

AMAZING LOCATION - FANTASTIC CAUSE

All events normall finish start and finish at the beautiful All Veterans Memorial and Soden's Grove in Emporia Kansas. We hope you will come and visit this beautiful Memorial Park in Emporia ,Kansas.   All events recognize the sacrifice of All Veterans and their families for our Nation.  Net proceeds are donated to 635th Armor / 137th Infantry Regiment Scholarship Fund and the All Veterans Memorial fund (local /regional charitable funds and organizations.)

 

FOUNDING CITY OF VETERANS DAY

Emporia, Kansas is not only the founding city of Veterans day but home to  the beautiful All Veterans Memorial (host site) and many armor, cavalry and combat arms veterans who wish to continue honoring and supporting the current members of the military and veterans.  The Spur Challenge is one of many events held in November during All Veterans Weeks to honor all our Veterans. (See allveteransday.org to learn more)

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