The 20th annual Run for Freedom 5K and 10K, sponsored by the West Central Missouri Veterans Assistance League (VAL), will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.

Runners from all over West Central Missouri and Eastern Kansas participate in this event to help enhance the lives of the veterans who live at the Missouri Veterans Home.

The event offers a 5K and 10K run that is USATF certified and uses a professional timing company to document running times. At the last in-person race in 2019, runners ranged in age from 7 to 83. The veterans at the home will assist in cheering our runners on and with the awards ceremony.

Medals are presented to the top three finishers in each age category for the run by the veterans who live at the home. This year’s proceeds will be used for a variety of programs that will enhance the lives of our veterans.

This includes providing free ice cream to our veterans at the canteen, cash prizes in bingo games, special drinks and food at their weekly happy hour and specialty meals throughout the year like shrimp boils, whole hog roasts and so much more.

The cost to participate is $30. The deadline to receive a shirt is Sept. 9. Online registration is available at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/68028. Entry forms may also be picked up at the Missouri Veterans Home at 1300 Veterans Road.

Sponsorship, volunteer opportunities and additional information is available by calling Latisha Koetting, supervisor of volunteer services, at (660) 429-4661.

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