Missouri > Freedom Run of the Ozarks Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Branson, MO • Saturday, June 30, 2012 • Course Map
Once a sleepy backwater town nestled in the Ozark Mountains that straddle southwestern Missouri and northwest Arkansas, Branson today is a mecca for tourists from across the country who flock to its year-round country music shows, museums and theme parks, and plays hosts for the fourth year in a row to the annual Freedom Run of the Ozarks Half Marathon, which takes runners along the trail that circles Table Rock Lake southeast of downtown.
More than 180 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined in 2011, including 75 finishers in the half marathon alone for a race that starts and finishes at the Dewey Short Visitor Center near Table Rock Dam, on the lake's eastern shore. From there, runners in the half marathon follow the lakeshore trail three times around the lake before heading back to the visitor center for the race finish. Those running the 10K and 5K races make two loops and a single loop, respectively.
The starting time for the race is scheduled for 7:00 AM, and proceeds from the event go to benefit the locally based Table Rock Freedom Center, a recovery center for women dealing with addicition to drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, and more.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the winding White River in Missouri's southwest corner, about 250 miles southwest of St. Louis and roughly 90 miles northeast of Fayetteville, Ark., Branson typically sees June temperatures that average between 85°F and 59°F, while rainfall totals average just over 4 1/2 inches for the month, making June the city's wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (June 30), the average high is 88°F and the average low is 62°F.
View the race route map for the Freedom Run of the Ozarks Half Marathon
$35 for the half marathon
$25 for the 10K
$25 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the early summer 2012 running of Branson's Freedom Run of the Ozarks Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, fill out and mail in this downloadable registration form at the event website.
Official Race Website
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