931 South Commercial Street, Emporia, Kansas, Lyon County, United States

Start Date

09/11/2021

Activities: Adventure race, Running race, Virtual race, Gravel grinder, Other, 50 Miles, 5K (3.1 Miles), 16 Miles, 40 Miles, 10 Miles, 10K (6.2 Miles)

Emporia Freedom Fest is a series of outdoor events bringing together people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and honor all Veterans and their families and support the beautiful All Veterans Memorial and Park. 

2021 Updates

We are back!  All events are back and better than ever before.  We are very excited to welcome back the Warrior Spur Challenge (formerly Spur Ride) as well as our EANGKS 12 Miler Ruck March!  Individuals can select either a virtual or a traditional in-person option for the LCSB 5K / 10K and the SGT Timmerman / GEN Eisenhower Freedom Rides. The EANGKS 12-mile Ruck march is back and both rounds of the Dynamic Discs Freedom Fest Open will be played at Soden’s Grove that day. Warrior Spur Challenge is on-site and day of only.  New this year is the Murph Challenge for all ability levels (team categories as well...)

The Run, Ride, Open, Murph Challenge, Spur Challenge all have great awards for top finishers to including gift certificates sponsored by Lyon County State Bank and hand-crafted trophies created by the Welding Department at Flint Hills Technical College.  Murph Challenge competitors compete for the custom engraved K-BAR style Knives and Spur Challengers push hard to win the silver, gold spur or leather tabs on their way to finally earning a CAV Stetson. 

ON-SITE Events:

There will be limited day of registration this year. Please register online or contact the Emporia Main Street office (620) 340-6430.

5 NOV: 
Bourbon Cowboy will host a fun evening of Karaoke - donate to sing, not sing or escape Karaoke jail! Please stop by and enjoy the evening at the Bourbon Cowboy in downtown Emporia.

6 NOV:  
-The 5K/10K or 1mile event will begin at around 9:30 am at the All Veterans Memorial Park, Emporia KS
-The Warrior Spur Challenge will begin at 9:30 am. at the All Veterans Memorial Park, Emporia KS
-The 16/40 mile rides will begin at 9 am. at the All Veterans Memorial Park, Emporia, KS
- The EANGKS 12 Mile Run/Ruck March Challenge will begin at 9:30 am and end at the All Veterans Memorial Park
-  The Super Service Member (Murph) Challenge will be held at the All Veterans Memorial Park and begins at 9:30 a.m.
- Join us as we celebrate all our Challengers and Volunteers Saturday Night at Mulreadys Pub on Commercial Street in Emporia!  Event is 3-6pm with food snacks till they run out!  Bring your 2021 Challenge Coin for $1 off any drink.

Packet pickup: -Participants will be able to pick up their packets at Emporia Main Street on November 3rd-5th between noon and 5pm.

Virtual Events:

-Participants can register starting 1 July and complete between September 11th and November 11th
-If you are not in the local area, we can mail your packet to you.
-Please make sure to send in your times and participation photos to mainstreet2@emporia-kansas.gov

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

Early-bird Registration is 7/1/21 to 10/1/21 for all events. (save on the cost of your event and make the T-Shirt Deadline!)

Late Registration (no T-shirts available after this date):  10/14/21-11/5/21

Day of Registration -  Not an option!  We start at 8am!

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. "Will to Win" Warrior Spur Challenge (Run/Ride/Spur Lane)

    Warriors! Earn your coveted silver spur and become an honorary member of the 1st Tanks 635th Armor Regiment Order of the Spur! This three event challenge begins with a 5K Run with self-transition to Bike for a 40 mile gravel grinder. You have -___ minutes to complete these two events. Upon completion your time stops and you will move to the Spur Challenge Lane to conduct multiple tasks that a Army Cav Spur Candidate must master to earn the coveted Cav Spurs. This abbreviated lane is a ton of fun but will test your menal and physical stamina after a fast paced run and ride. For more details and how to manual visit emporiafreedomfest.org. Returning challenger? Complete your fifth Warrior Spur Challenge and earn your gold spur. 10 time completers will have the opportunity to earn the 1st Tanks Stetson! Please send us info and pic of your service member Hero you are participating in honor of and we'll post this to our FB page and website as well prior to the event.
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:15 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 14:00
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Adventure race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $50.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $60.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  2. LCSB On-Site 5K Freedom Run/Walk/Stroll

    Your on-site Lyon County State Bank 5K run/walk or stroll is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as you cross the river at Soden's Grove Bridge Start/Finish line and run down our famous rural gravel roads into the Flint Hills. All participants receive our very cool shirt, edible medal, challenge coin AND a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your start, race, and finish pics on our Social media pages and times on our website. Please send us info and pic of your service member Hero you are participating in honor of and we'll post this to our FB page and website as well prior to the event.
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:30 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 12:00
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Running race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/5/2021 12:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  3. LCSB Virtual Challenge: 5K or 10K Freedom Run/Walk/Stroll

    Choose your distance! Your virtual Lyon County State Bank Freedom Run/Walk or Stroll is a great way to pick your time and location to finish your 5K or 10K. We just have one request - that sometime during your run please pass by or finish at your local Veterans memorial, park or significant site that honors our Veterans. Take a picture and send it to our event Facebook page or race coordinator Once you are done simply submit your 1. Time, distance and date 2. A photo of at your Veterans memorial/park and or finish line to (email) emscommunitydevelopment@emporia-Kansas.gov All participants receive our very cool shirt,, edible medal, challenge coin AND a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your pics on our Social media pages and times on our website. Challenge goes live 11th of September (Patriots Day) and closes the 11th of November (Veterans Day) each year. Please send us info and pic of your service member Hero you are participating in honor of and we'll post this to our FB page and website as well prior to the event.
    Activity Starts: 9/11/2021 08:45 - Activity Ends: 11/11/2021 11:11
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Virtual race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): Freedom Fest Participant T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  4. On-Site Gravel City Supply and Adventure Sgt Timmerman 16 Miler Freedom Ride

    Named in honor of local Marine and WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt Grant Timmerman - Your on-site Freedom Ride is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as you cross the river at the Old Soden's Grove Bridge Start/Finish line and ride down our famous rural gravel roads into the Flint Hills. This event is self-timed! All participants receive our very cool shirt, edible medal, challenge coin AND a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your start, race, and finish pics on our Social media pages and times on our website. Please send us info and pic of your service member Hero you are participating in honor of and we'll post this to our FB page and website as well prior to the event.
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:00 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 16:00
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Gravel grinder
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:01
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  5. Virtual Challenge: Gravel City Supply and Adventure SGT Timmerman 16 Miler Freedom Ride

    Your virtual Freedom Ride is a great way to pick your time and location to finish your 16 Miler. We just have one request - that sometime during your run you start at, pass by or finish at your local Veterans memorial, park or significant site that honors our Veterans. Once you are done simply submit your 1. Time, distance and date 2. A photo of at your Veterans memorial/park To emscommunitydevelopment@emporia-Kansas.gov All participants receive our very cool shirt and a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your pics on our Social media pages and times on our website.
    Activity Starts: 9/11/2021 08:45 - Activity Ends: 11/11/2021 11:11
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Virtual race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  6. On-site Gravel City Supply and Adventure GEN Eisenhower 40 Miler Freedom Ride

    Named in honor of Kansan, President, Allied Supreme Commander of European Theater -WWII and Five Star Army General; your on-site GEN Eisenhower Freedom Ride is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as you cross the old Soden's Grove Bridge at our Start/Finish line and ride down our famous rural gravel roads into the Flint Hills. This event is self-timed. All participants will receive our very cool shirt, edible medal, challenge coin, AND a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your start, race, and finish pics on our Social media pages and times on our website. Please send us a picture of who you are honoring (Veteran/family member etc) We will post your pics on our Social media pages and on our website.
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:00 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 16:00
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:01
    Activity type: Gravel grinder
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:01
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:01
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  7. Virtual Challenge: Gravel City Supply and Adventure GEN Eisenhower 40 Miler Freedom Ride

    Your virtual GEN Eisenhower Freedom Ride is a great way to pick your time and location to finish your 40 Miler. We just have one request - that sometime during your ride you start at, pass by or finish at your local Veterans memorial, park or significant site that honors our Veterans. Once you are done simply submit your 1. Time, distance and date 2. A photo of at your Veterans memorial/park To emscommunitydevelopment@emporia-Kansas.gov All participants receive our very cool shirt, edible medal, challenge coin AND a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your pics on our Social media pages and times on our website. Before your event please send us a picture of who you are honoring (Veteran/family member etc) We will post your pics on our Social media pages and on our website.
    Activity Starts: 9/11/2021 09:00 - Activity Ends: 11/11/2021 11:11
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Virtual race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/1/2021 12:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  8. On-site: Gravel City Supply and Adventure EANGKS Run/Ruck March Challenge (12 Miler)

    Your on-site Enlisted Association National Guard of Kansas (EANGKS) 10 Miler is a chance to push yourself -whether you are preparing for the Army Ten Miler, a marathon or just to get in a few extra miles. This Ruck march is open to all and you can go "light or heavy" based on whatever level of challenge you wish to meet! -Light challenge is simply a walk or run of the 10 miler. -Heavy challenge requires you to show up with a rucksack/backpack with at least 35lbs of food/items that will be donated as part of our Soldier Care Packages for deployed Soldiers during the holidays. Want an even greater challenge? See if you can meet our Air Assault standards and complete the heavy ruck march in under 3 hours! Special recognition item will be provided to all who meet this challenge! This event is self-timed. All participants receive our very cool shirt, edible medal, challenge coin, AND a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your pics on our Social media pages and times on our website. Before your event please send us a picture of who you are honoring (Veteran/family member etc) We will post your pics on our Social media pages and on our website.
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:30 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 14:00
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Running race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  9. EANGKS Kansas Proud Virtual Challenge: Run/Ruck March (12 Miler)

    Your virtual Enlisted Association National Guard of Kansas (EANGKS_ 10 Miler is a chance to push yourself -whether you are preparing for the Army Ten Miler, a marathon or just to get in a few extra miles. This Ruck march is open to all and you can go "light or heavy" based on whatever level of challenge you wish to meet! -Light challenge is simply a walk or run of the 10 miler. -Heavy challenge requires you to show up with a rucksack/backpack with at least 35lbs of food/items that will be donated as part of our Soldier Care Packages for deployed Soldiers during the holidays. Want an even greater challenge? See if you can meet our Air Assault standards and complete the heavy ruck march in under 3 hours! Special recognition item will be provided to all who meet this challenge! Your virtual event is great way to pick your time and location. We just have one request - that sometime during your event challenge you start at, pass by or finish at your local Veterans memorial, park or significant site that honors our Veterans. Once you are done simply submit your 1. Time, distance and date 2. A photo of you during or at the end of your event to: emscommunitydevelopment@emporia-Kansas.gov All participants receive our very cool shirt, edible medal, challenge coin, AND a chance to win some great prizes to include one of our six custom trophies (made from old tank parts) and Emporia Main Street gift certificates. We will post your pics on our Social media pages and times on our website. Before your event please send us a picture of who you are honoring (Veteran/family member etc) We will post your pics on our Social media pages and on our website.
    Activity Starts: 9/11/2021 09:30 - Activity Ends: 11/11/2021 11:11
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
    Activity type: Virtual race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 10/1/2021 12:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  10. Vigilance Marshal Arts Murph Challenge Individual Categories

    There are three categories for an individual or a team to participate: Full: Mile Run 100 Pullups 200 Pushups 300 Air Squats Mile Run Modified .5 mile Run/Walk 25 Chin ups or 5 Leg Tucks 75 Push Ups 100 Air Squats .5 Mile Run/Walk Adaptive -If you have physical limitations you can self modify this event to ensure you stay within your safe fitness limits.  Simply notify the lane manager what you will be doing/adjusting to participate. There will be prizes for top finishers in the Full Category of the Murph Challenge. Opening Ceremony at 8:30 Awards ceremony is at 12pm thank you to Vigilance Marshall Arts for sponsoring this event and awards.
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:30 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 12:00
    Registration opens : 8/26/2021 10:48
    Activity type: Other
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 8/26/2021 10:48
      Registration closes : 10/2/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $0.00
    • Registration opens : 10/2/2021 01:00
      Registration closes : 11/6/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  11. LCSB 10K (On-site) Freedom Run

    10K version of the LCSB Freedom Run. Same start time as all other Freedom Run events. Gift certificates for top runners in each age category. Trophies for top male and female runners
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:30 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 12:00
    Registration opens : 7/1/2021 12:55
    Activity type: Running race
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 7/1/2021 12:55
      Registration closes : 11/5/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  12. Murph Challenge TEAM Category Event

    Must have at least 3 team members Awards for top team Travelling trophy for best gym/crossfit/workout facility team Teams will divide up the tasks as they see fit to complete the Murph Challenge. However all must complete the running events
    Activity Starts: 11/6/2021 09:30 - Activity Ends: 11/6/2021 12:30
    Registration opens : 10/12/2021 12:55
    Activity type: Other
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 10/12/2021 12:55
      Registration closes : 10/13/2021 00:59
      Race fee : $100.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


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