This year marks the 20th Annual 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. 


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



All participants will receive a Freedom Run shirt and a swag item.

Please Note: refunds will be provided to all registrants up until July 1, 2020 in the event the race is canceled due to COVID-19.








7:00 a.m. 

7:40 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

8:20 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Registration and Packet Pick Up

Opening Ceremonies

One Mile Fun Run Begins

Line Up at Start Line

5K Run Begins

Awards and Post-Event Activities

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.​



As of now, planning and preparations for the 20th Annual Freedom Run scheduled for September 12, 2020 are well underway and will continue unabated. 

For 20 years, the Freedom Run has brought our community together, none more so than in the weeks following 9/11. The safety and well-being of our participants and community at-large is our number one priority.  With that in mind, rest assured that we are closely monitoring the developing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will continue to do so over the coming months preceding Freedom Run Weekend. 

For our runners, walkers, and ruckers, who are undaunted and are continuing to register, we will be working to ensure that you will be able to enjoy the Freedom Run experience you have come to expect.  

In the coming months, we will continue to monitor the situation and as Freedom Run Weekend approaches, any decisions will be made in concert with our local, state and federal officials and with your best interests in mind. We will communicate with you as soon as possible should there be any potential changes and what our collective options are.  For now, please feel secure in registering for or sponsoring the Freedom Run, as we will offer refunds to all registrants and sponsors up until July 1, 2020 in the event the race is cancelled due to COVID-19.

We will be ready to welcome our community on September 12th. In the meantime, be smart, wash your hands, keep moving, stay positive, and long may you run, walk, and ruck. 

If you are interested in sponsoring our 20th annual event, please contact Cherie Harris at  


Packet Information

Wednesday, September 9, 10am – 7pm

Thursday, September 10, 10am -7pm

Friday, September 11, 10am – 5pm

Luke Locker’s

3046 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas Texas 75205

Race Day

Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge at Trinity Groves
3030 Gulden Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75212

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Please, no pets. 


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