Freedom Run

2020 Optimist Club Freedom Run

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On the 4th of July, the Seward Optimist Club annually sponsors two races: a 2-Mile and a 10K to raise funds for our projects supporting the youth of our community.  The races have become a significant part of the annual Seward 4th of July community celebration and families often re-unite in Seward each summer to run together in this event. Races begin and conclude under the Fair Ground Arch west of downtown Seward. In the past over 300 runners have registered from as many as 22 states. Runners from age 3 to 78 have enjoyed participating in this event.  But, not to be this year due to the pandemic.

However, the Seward Optimist Club optimistically approved a 2020 “Virtual” Freedom Run to allow our enthusiastic city, county, and country walkers, runners, and joggers an opportunity to participate in and remember our 4th of July traditions and our Independence.  This 2020 “Virtual Race” is unique, so changes had to be made to accommodate a virtual race.  We hope to be back next year in usual and traditional fashion with all of our great sponsors of the past.   

L-R: Jeanne Gee, Seward Optimist Club Member and her sister from North Carolina, Louanne Watts, completed the virtual run.

A total of fifty runners/walkers registered for the Virtual Freedom Run races. We thank all runners and those who donated to the race for their support.  We sincerely thank our sponsors, Cattle Bank and Trust and Seward County Independent who made this inexpensive race possible for all to enjoy.  We hope to be back next year in usual and traditional fashion with all of our great sponsors of the past.   

Cost for each race was $10.00.  Children 10 and under were free with each paying adult.  All walkers/runners who posted their times were offered a festive certificate to print and received a MiraCool Cooling red,white and blue Bandana in a wavy flag design with their preference of delivery or mail.  

Though the numbers were down from our traditional 4th of July races, many positives came as a result of offering the race.  Our Optimist club members were able to participate.  Runners usually out of town on the 4th were able to participate this year.  We were able to offer an outdoor activity during the pandemic.  And our runners that participated regularly in the past were grateful to keep up their tradition of running in a race on the 4th!  We hope you will join us for future races!  See you next year!



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