Celebrate our sweet land of liberty and Arkansas State Parks with friends and family at DeGray Lake Resort State Park’s 5th annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Join us at the starting line in your most patriotic outfit and run, walk or march the 3.1 mile course. Runners and walkers alike are sure to enjoy scenic lake views and the shade of mature pine trees along our unique, mixed surface course (1.6 miles pavement, 1.5 mile single track trail). All ages and abilities are welcome.
We are raising the bar on FUN this year by bringing in a WATER CANNON BOAT to cool you off twice during the run! Come prepared to get wet!
Don’t miss your chance to win a two-night stay at any one of the five Arkansas State Parks Lodges, just for dressing in your best Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty inspired attire! Be sure to get your picture taken at the check-in table on race day to be in the running for the best costume contest. The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony.
RACE ENTRY FEE:
$20 until June 4
$25 June 5 – July 2
$25 Last Minute Registration (July 3-4) In-person ONLY at the lodge front desk. (T-shirt NOT included)
*NO REGISTRATION AFTER 7:15 A.M. RACE DAY (JULY 4).
· Souvenir race bib
· Custom finisher’s medal
· Poly-blend race t-shirt (included through July 2)
· Prize eligibility
· Memories to last a lifetime
Though a “Fun Run” at heart, we’ve gathered the best of overall race, age group, and costume contest prizes. Award ceremony will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. near the finish line.
Overall First Place Finisher:
Two-night stay at any one of five Arkansas State Park lodges (some restrictions apply).
Costume Contest Winner:
All participants are encouraged to participate in the costume contest. In order to be considered for the award, participants must stop in at the check-in table on race day before 7:30 a.m. and have their picture taken by a race official. Outfits will be judged based on originality, execution and “patriotic-ness.” The overall winner will be awarded a two-night stay at any one of five Arkansas State Park lodges (some restrictions apply). Runners up will be awarded interpretive multi-passes (see below for details)
Male and Female Age Group Winners (Under 12; 12-17; 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and up):
One interpretive multi-pass redeemable at DeGray Lake Resort State Park for one admission per snorkel, kayak or lake tour, or two admissions per golf course safari or crafty corner program.
Note: A limited number of extra race shirts will be available for purchase at the Lodge front desk. Post-race lunch may be purchased on the lodge lawn at the Lakeside Grill or inside at the Shoreline Restaurant.
Race packets will be available for pick-up at two times: 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd in the Lodge lobby, and from 6:00 – 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th (race day) at the starting line in front of the Lodge.
4th of July Festivities:
No need to “run” off after the race! DeGray Lake Resort State Park has you covered for all your 4th of July festivities . Park interpreters will keep you busy with an array of fun activities to choose from including the annual watermelon eating contest, water relays, “Underwater Treasure Hunt” (just for the kids), and more! Don’t miss the fireworks show later in the evening which can be viewed perfectly from the lodge back lawn.