2023 Optimist Club Freedom Run
The Seward Optimist Club held their Annual 4th of July Freedom Run this year despite the closure of our normal race route on Bluff Rd. We scrambled and found a new location on the north side of Seward and all indications are that the new route was highly enjoyable.
The race started and ended at the Plum Creeks Sports Complex #2 parking lot and runners ran north on County Rd. 266 returning to the parking lot to finish. 273 registered and 255 ran the race. There were 94 10K runners and 161 2 Mile runners and walkers. Old and young alike participated. Our oldest runner was 80 and the youngest was 7 months.
Runners came from 16 states and Mother Nature provided a glorious morning for everyone involved. 15 Optimist Club Members volunteered and provided the service to runners in the form of water, fruit, and strong vocal encouragement.
Once again Alan Higley with Precision Race Results timed our race and this year, we provided a Photo Tagging feature that allowed runners to see and download over a thousand pictures of the race following the completion. Cattle Bank sponsored both the timing and the Photo Tagging. Registration was done online through www.getmeregistered.com and race results were posted online at www.onlineraceresults.com.
The 4th of July Freedom Run is the biggest fund raiser for the Optimist Club and this year’s race was one of our largest turnouts. We want to thank all our 47 local sponsors for their generous donations and the 273 registered runners that helped to make this race another successful event.