This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Freedom Run. The Freedom Run® 5K was first organized by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) immediately following 9/11 to raise money for the Dallas Assist the Officer Foundation (ATO) in honor of Dallas’ first responders and police officers. The Freedom Run® has been held every September since 2001 and has raised $350,000 for ATO thanks to the continued support of our generous sponsors and volunteers. 



The Assist the Officer Foundation provides assistance to officers who are facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event and to officer’s families in the event of the death of an active officer.

To support COVID-19 relief efforts during these unprecedented times, ATO is providing direct monetary assistance to our first responders and essential workers AND is sponsoring shipments of PPE and hand sanitizer to nearby counties and COVID-19 testing sites. 


For more information on the Assist the Officer Foundation, including how to make a donation, please visit



In lieu of registration fees, we will be collecting donations for ATO.  Your donation will be used to further ATO’s efforts in providing continued support to our first responders and essential workers as they hold down our front lines. Click here to donate.


Coming Soon!

The Freedom Run® will launch an auction with great items. Proceeds benefit Assist the Office Foundation, Dallas.



Now accepting sponsorship applications. Please contact Cherie Harris at or Hailey Hughes at for more information or an application!





September 11, 2021

Details TBD

In addition to The Freedom Run 5K, there will be a one-mile fun run in honor of Officer William James “Bill” Carollo. Officer Carollo served as Vice President of the Dallas Police Association and was instrumental in establishing the Assist the Officer Foundation. An 18-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, Officer Carollo lost his life in a car accident on April 5, 2003, at the age of 46.​


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