By Kiahna Sellers
More than 1000 people participated in the Freedom Run, held on July 4. The annual race attracts people of all levels and abilities, and from miles around.
This year, participants ranged from college athletes to amateurs, and everything in between. Chris Orme, 24, a senior from Provo, majoring in finance, was among the crowd.
“I hate running! I just do it every once in a while to make sure I still can. I just kind of rolled out of bed and did it.”
Christine Boren, 20, a junior from Provo majoring in elementary education, who is considering running for BYU, participated in multiple marathons and races before deciding to try the Freedom Run. “The weather was perfect, I loved running along the parade route and having all the people cheering for you. That made it fun.”
Boren, who took second in the 10K overall female category, earned a $150 cash prize for her run.
She said she plans to use the reward wisely. “I”ll probably buy a new pair of running shoes.”
The 10K began at Timpview High School at 7:15 a.m. and ended at Memorial Park.
Participants chose from a 10K, 5K, or one-mile race. Each participant received a commemorative Freedom Run T-shirt.
Yet even more than the prizes they acquired, runners said they left with a true sense of accomplishment. “You feel good,” said Derek Kearl, 24, a senior from Provo, majoring in economics. “You feel like you”ve completed something.”