5K Race-Walk

Run with us in

Since 1950, the Champaign County Freedom Celebration has brought area residents together for the sole purpose of celebrating our country's independence.

In 1994, the 5K Race/Walk was born. In 1999, we added a Youth Run. This event brings over 700 people together to run or walk the Fourth of July parade route before the parade begins. It's an exciting and energizing way to kickoff the celebration in the morning before the heat of the day.

For reasons of safety, no dogs will be allowed on the course and participants with strollers must wait until all other runners/walkers have started the race.

Race Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. - Race Day Registration Opens
  • 8:30 a.m.- Youth Run
  • 9:05 a.m. - 5K Race/Walk
* NEW Registration, Staging and Parking Location: Bielfeldt Athletic Building. RACE START: Florida Ave. (between First and Fourth street) across from Memorial Stadium. RACE FINISH: is halfway between Florida and St. Mary's Road.

Race Fees

5K Race/Walk:

$20 - Pre-registration (on or before June 27)
$25 - Entries postmarked after June 27 and race day entries.
Hurry - Your last chance to pre-register online is June 27th!
(After that cutoff only mailed and onsite registrations will be accepted.)
Register Online Download a Registration form

Past Race Results

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Parade Map

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