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Freedom Ride Rescue Turkey Day 5K

Starts Thursday November 25th, 2021

Garner, NC

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T-shirts are not guaranteed unless your size is available when you register.  Swag bags are first come first served.

What is the Freedom Ride Rescue Turkey Day 5K? 

The Freedom Ride Rescue Turkey Day 5K is the annual Thanksgiving Day race held in Garner’s White Deer and Lake Benson Parks.  Family and friends, both human and canine, gather to enjoy a brisk holiday morning run or walk through the parks to help raise money in support of Freedom Ride Rescue's mission to help abandoned, neglected and abused animals in North Carolina. 

Race options include 5K and a 1M Fun Run. Both the 5K and 1M courses are relatively flat paved trails and the seasonal beauty of these two parks is spectacular. Thanksgiving themed costumes, decorated wagons, strollers and baby joggers are encouraged.  Well socialized dogs are welcome on a 6’ or shorter leash - retractable leashes are not permitted.

Why support the Freedom Ride Rescue Turkey Day 5K?

Freedom Ride Rescue is proud to be the crazy dog lovers who skip out on work to transport dogs from all over the state to their excited fosters’ homes … who stay up late searching shelter pages for that next “Freedom Ride” potential …. who volunteer countless hours making rescue a reality!

Since our first "Freedom Ride" August 19, 2019, we have brought in more than 1,175 dogs! Those dogs went into foster homes where they learned loved, recieved medical care (most needed to be spayed or neutered) and worked on finding their fur-ever homes! Due to so many generous donors, we have been able to bring in major medical cases - dogs who would not have made it out the shelter without a rescue group, including surgeries, mange, Parvo, snake bites, specialists for eye, throat and heart mumurs -- plus many, many heartworm disease treatments!

Freedom Ride Rescue is run by volunteers. We are all doing this while juggling our own lives, jobs and families … We are foster based: we have no facility and every one of our adoptable (and not quite ready to be adopted) animals are in homes where families are teaching trust, love, basic manners …. preparing your future dog ready to be the best addition to your family that he can be!

As fosters, we are willing to have our heart break after we love, rehabilitate and nurse an unwanted, unloved animal until they prance away with their fur-ever person – often never looking back – as they start their most life’s wonderful chapter: the one as a cherished pet.

So join our road to making freedom rides happen! We are a wonderful, tight-knit family needing volunteers, fosters, donors …. and people willing to care.

Age Group and Awards Breakdown 

  • Overall - Top 2 males and top 2 femaies (overall winners are not eligible for age group awards)

  • Age groups, top 2 males and top 2 females: 6-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39. 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

  • Overall awards will be determined by gun time.  Age group awards will be determined by chip time. 

Register Early! 

Since it's inception, The Freedom Ride Rescue Turkey Day 5K has been a very popular and well attended event.  The first year was capped at 500 participants and we sold out.  The next year we exceeded 600 and we expect more this year!    This year's race will be limited to 750 participants.  Registration fees increase as race day approaches so register early!

Race Distances

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Virtual 5K Click to Find Out Register »
1 Mile Fun Run Click to Find Out Register »
5K Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

2400 Aversboro Rd, Garner, NC

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