Before you put your shoes on to walk or run the trails and roads, explore the history of the land you will explore.
We give great thanks to our partners in the National Park Service, the towns of
Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown, and Shepherd University for the privilege of hosting
The entire marathon course is encased in National Park Land, with some brief detours
through the country roads and preserved history towns that connect them.
The full marathon is a point to point with a small net elevation loss. You course
4.5 miles Harpers Ferry National Park, cover 10 flat miles on C&O Canal, roll over
a country road to Antietam Battlefield for 2 miles, cover 5 rolling miles of the
rich land of Antietam, and finish with 4.5 flat to downhill miles into Shepherdstown.
The half marathon runs a short segment on the C&O Canal after leaving West Virginia
across the Potomac. You then join the marathon course and run the hills of Antietam.
After the Antietam tour you run through historic Sharpsburg to return over the Rumsey
Bridge to Shepherdstown.
The 5k and 10k are spectacular courses starting on German St Shepherdstown, running
along the Potomac and River Road, and looping Rumsey Monument. A family friendly
Check out our maps for exact routes and elevations. Come out for a training run!
Please view the galleries for details of our beautiful course.
Freedoms Run 2009
Freedoms Run 2010
Freedoms Run 2010 - Group
Freedoms Run Course