FAQs

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Registration & Packet Pick-up

How do I know if I'm registered?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail from RunSignUp.com. You can also go to the registration page and click on "Find a Participant" and search for your name to ensure you're on the list.

How many entrants are allowed in each race?

We have a maximum of 500 in the marathon, 1000 in the half marathon, and 500 each in the 5k and 10k.  Due to the attractive features of course, and the proximity to major mid-Atlantic cities, we anticipate these to fill up quickly. 

Where is packet pick-up, and when?

Packet pick-up will be outside on the Midway Field located next to the Shepherd Student Center (outside Ram Stadium) from 2 pm - 7 pm on Friday before the race.

Marathon- Limited race day packet pick-up at start area in Harpers Ferry (NOT Midway Field) 6-7am.

Half Marathon/10K/ 5K- We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet Friday. There will be SATURDAY race day pick up for the 5k/10k/Half Marathon at Midway Field (outside Ram Stadium) in Shepherdstown the morning of the race from 6-8:30 am. 

What happens if I become injured after I enter and cannot participate?

There are no medical comps, rollovers or refunds, nor can you transfer your registration to another person. Consider it a donation to our partner non-profit organizations.

Can I transfer my registration to another person or roll over my registration to the next year?

There are no transfers, roll overs, or refunds given. Including medical reasons. However, you can change your registration from one event to another. For example, if you registered for the marathon, you may change your registration to the half marathon. Please note, though, we do not issue refunds for the price difference if you choose to drop down from a race. If you wish to change from the half marathon to the marathon, you would need to pay the difference between the price you paid for the half marathon and the current price for the marathon.

Can I register Day-of-Race?

There are no Day-of-Race registrations for the Marathon or any changes to registration. You may register for other events if space is available at the packet pick up on Friday 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. We will have limited race day registration for the Half,10K, and 5K events on Saturday from 6 - 8:30 am at the FINISH area, Midway Field (outside Ram Stadium) in Shepherdstown the morning of the race. 

Can I change my event?

Yes. To change events, contact us via email at FreedomsRunRD@gmail.com. Use subject line "Change Event. The last opportunity to change events is at packet pick, the day before race day. If you wish to change from the half marathon to the marathon, you would need to pay the difference between the price you paid for the half marathon and the current price for the marathon.

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes of course.  We are scouts honor here and no signed confirmations, scanned IDs, etc....

Will there be a pre race dinner?

We will not have an organized pre race dinner, but we encourage runners to explore Shepherdstown and enjoy the local food and entertainment. Visit Shepherdstown Visitor Center for a full list of places to eat. 

What will you have as premium for the runners?

We offer handmade local medals for the Half & Full marathon. Participants are also able to order up premium race tees from our friends at Recover Brands. These tees are separate from registration and we will have more details on that as we get closer to race date. The ultimate swag from our events are the incredible tours through your National Parks with stocked aid stations and enthusiastic volunteers who are sure to make your run unforgettable! The hospitality of small town America really showcases itself at Freedoms Run.

The Course

Is the course road, trail, or a mix?

For the Marathon- the course is a mix of road and hard pack trail. The first 4.5 miles are a net downhill, with 2 miles on rolling grassy fields, the next 10 are a long stretch of flat crushed gravel on the C & O Canal. Once you leave the Canal the course is hilly and rolling through Antietam Battlefield. The last 4.5 miles will back track down hill and link back up on the canal. Our Marathon is a certified Boston Qualifying course!

The Half Marathon is very challenging. The first 3 miles are flat on the C & O Canal. From there, the difficultly begins as you ascend up Millers Sawmill to enter Antietam Battlefield. After a few miles on rolling grassy terrain, runners retrace their path back down Millers Sawmill, return the way they came on the canal and finish up in town at the Ram Stadium.

The 5k and 10k courses have gone back to the original route along the C&O Canal. Both events are out-and-back, beginning by the stadium, crossing the Rumsey Bridge to the C&O Canal. The 10K runs up stream, while the 5K runs downstream. Both back track to the Rumsey Bridge to then finish at the Rams Stadium. 

Can I walk the course?

Yes! All courses will be open until 2 pm to allow participants to experience the rich scenery and history of the course. So walkers in the marathon will have 6.5 hours to complete it. Half Marathon participants will have 5.5 hours. 

 

At mile 15 of the Full Marathon, if you have arrived later than 11:30 am, you will be given the option to continue or drop out and driven back to the finish line. 

If you have not arrived at our designated Aid Station, near mile 20, by 12:30 pm, your bib will be taken and we will no longer be able to offer course support. 

Where are the aid stations and what is served?

Aid stations will be every four miles on the C&O Canal section starting at mile 4 and approximately every 3-4 miles after leaving the Canal at mile 16. Consider carrying a small bottle or fanny pack if you feel you need fluid between stations, especially for walkers. Each aid station will have water and UCAN Hydrate.

Half Marathon runners and walkers will share aid stations with marathoners so will have water and UCAN every 3 miles and 1 gel station.

See our "events" tab for each event for a detailed map.

5k/10k aid stations are indicated on our course maps.

Full – Water and UCAN at all stops other than indicated below

Harpers Ferry: 2.0 miles (water only)
Harpers Ferry: 4.5 miles
Dargan Boat Ramp: 8.5 miles (C&O Canal)  GEL
Limekiln Rd: 12 miles (C&O)
Miller Sawmill: 15.5 mile GEL
Branch Ave: 17.5 mile GEL
Branch Ave: 21 mile GEL
Miller Sawmill: 23 mile
Finish- Pizza and snacks!


Half- Water and UCAN

Miller Sawmill: 3 Mile
Branch Ave: 5 Mile GEL
Branch Ave: 8 Mile GEL
Miller Sawmill: 10 Mile
Finish-  Pizza and snacks!


10k – Water at 1 and 5 miles

5k- Water at 1 and 2 miles

Is there a medical tent at the finish?

Yes. There is a medical tent with trained professionals and EMT support.

What is the time limit for completing the events?

All courses will be open until 2 pm to allow participants to experience the rich scenery and history of the course. So walkers in the marathon will have 6.5 hours to complete it. Half Marathon participants will have 5.5 hours. 

At mile 15 of the Full Marathon, if you arrived later than 11:30am, you will be given the option to continue or drop out and driven back to the finish line. 

If you have not arrived at our designated Aid Station, near mile 20, by 12:30 pm, your bib will be taken and we will no longer be able to offer course support. 

Where are the aid stations?

Full – Water and UCAN at all stops other than indicated below

Harpers Ferry: 2.0 miles (water only)
Harpers Ferry: 4.5 miles
Dargan Boat Ramp: 8.5 miles (C&O Canal)  GEL
Limekiln Rd: 12 miles (C&O)
Miller Sawmill: 15.5 mile GEL
Branch Ave: 17.5 mile GEL
Branch Ave: 21 mile GEL
Miller Sawmill: 23 mile GEL
Finish- Pizza and snacks!


Half- Water and UCAN

Miller Sawmill: 3 Mile
Branch Ave: 5 Mile
Branch Ave: 8 Mile
Sharpsburg Train Depot: 10 Mile
Finish-  Pizza and snacks!


10k – Water at 3 and 5 miles

5k- Water at 2 miles

Are the miles marked?

Because most of the course is located on national park property, we are unable to put mile markers at every point. If you are not running with GPS, you can use the aid stations as basic guidelines for progress. 

How hilly is the course?

All of our courses are hilly. The Full Marathon has 1300 feet of elevation gain, the half has almost 1000, and the 10k and 5k each have 125 feet of gain. You can find elevation profiles of each course under the "events" tab on our main menu.

 

 

The Start

Where do I park?

Thanks to the National Park Service we will have ample parking at the marathon start line by the Harper's Ferry National Park Visitor's Center.

We will have shuttle buses (compliments of our major sponsor River Riders) from the Shepherdstown Student Center next to the Finish Line/Midway Field to the marathon start at 5:45am. Marathoners can park at A & B lots to access the shuttles. See Map Here. The C lot is reserved for our volunteers.

Half, 10k, 5k- There is limited parking in Shepherdstown itself. Ample parking on the Shepherd University Campus - the large H lot is the easiest and most convenient. You will follow the yellow dot walking path which will take you to the start.  See Map Here.

What are the start times of the events?

As of right now, we will not have to have staggered starts. If this changes we will let you know asap. Please understand this is subject to change, and we must abide by the town, university, local and state guidelines. 

Marathon: 7:30 am (Harpers Ferry)
Half Marathon: 8:30 am (Shepherdstown)
10K: 8:45 am (Shepherdstown)
5K: 9:00 am (Shepherdstown)

Is there a place I can drop off my sweats during the events?

Yes. At the Marathon starting line a truck will take items back to the finish. We highly recommend you put your items in a bag with your race number on it. This will help sort your items at the finish area.

We will have a bag check tent at the start/finish area of the 5k/10k/Half Marathon at the Shepherd University Stadium.

Are there buses after the event?

Yes, for our Marathoners, buses will return every 30 minutes to the parking area at Harpers Ferry Visitor Center at the start line. There will be 2 shuttle services on race day, all leave from the C Lot, located next to the Stadium. See parking map

Bus Shuttles to Harpers Ferry 
Pick Up Location: C Lot
Stops: Only to Marathon start in Harpers Ferry
Times: Every 30 minutes starting at 11 am and ending at 2:30 pm

Medals & Awards

What awards will be given out?

We are a participatory event and as such, the award is getting to experience the beauty and challenge of our courses!

Will there be a finishers medal?

Yes! We will have a commemorative medal for all full and half marathon finishers.

What nice swag will all runners receive?

Runners will have the opportunity to purchase shirts from our partners from Recover. 
We will update this with a link to purchase your shirts soon.

Please note: All t-shirt sales are final.
Shirts will be available to order until October 15
All shirts will be printed and mailed after the race, so regardless of when you purchase your shirt, you will receive them a few weeks after the race. But it will be a nice treat to enjoy later! 

Can I Bring My. . . .?

Can I listen to music while I run?

The answer is a qualified yes. The use of headsets is allowed during the race. As a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), we follow their guidelines on headset use. RRCA does not encourage headphone use during its member races but does not disallow them as long as they are used safely. For this reason, Freedoms Run will allow headsets on the course only if it does not pose a safety risk. For safety reasons, it may be necessary for a course official to ask you to remove your headset/earphones during the race. You are required to comply or face disqualification and removal from the course.

Can I bring my baby in a stroller/jogger?

Unfortunately, due to the narrow nature of the canal (where the event takes place), it is no longer safe to allow strollers on the course. We do occasionally make exceptions to this for mobility impaired athletes. If you are a mobility impaired athlete and would like to participate, please reach out to us at FreedomsRunRD@gmail.com.

Can a non-registered friend pace me?

No, our permits allow a limited number in the National Parks. We discourage non registered runners on the course..

Miscellaneous

Will there be a post race festival??

Definitely Yes! We will host a beer garden post race party at the world famous Bavarian Inn, the host of one the regions largest Oktoberfests, a 400 meter walk from the finish line. Yuengling Beer is a proud sponsor and will provide their signature beers. First beer will be free in our finishers glass pint. Use this for additional rehydration. The Bavarian Inn plays host to the regions largest Oktoberfest late September.  They will save some of their famous Bratwurst and Strudel.  Volunteers, family, and friends all welcome. We also welcome all runners and families to visit the wonderful shops and historic town of Shepherdstown and the surrounding areas.

How far is it to the airport?

Dulles Airport is ONLY 45 miles from Shepherdstown and BWI Airport is 75 miles from Shepherdstown.

Where can I sign up to volunteer?

Contact us at FreedomsrunRD@gmail.com to sign up as a volunteer for the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon & 5K Run.

How do I get to the Marathon Start Parking area in Harpers Ferry?

We will have shuttle buses (compliments of our major sponsor River Riders) from the Clarion Hotel/Shepherdstown and the Shepherdstown Student Center next to the Finish Line/Midway Field to the marathon start at 5:45 am. Marathoners can park at A & B lots. See parking map here. We will update this as the race draws closer.

Thanks to the park service, there is also free parking at the start at the Harper's Ferry National Park Visitor Center.

From the DC Area:

I-270 north to Frederick, MD. Merge with I-70 West at Frederick for about 1/2 a mile, Take Exit 52 - 340 West to Charles Town. Follow US 340 for 16 miles and cross the Potomac River Bridge. Continue 2 miles and cross the Shenandoah River Bridge. Follow 340 to the first traffic light. Turn left into the Harper's Ferry National Historical Park Visitor's Center. Follow signs to visitor center parking.

From Baltimore:

Take I-70 west to Frederick. Take exit 52 onto US 340 West to Charles Town and follow the DC directions from that point.

From Northern VA:

Take Rt. 7 (Leesburg Pike) west past Leesburg. Exit onto Rt. 9 West to Charles Town. Follow all the way to Charles Town. (Do not take Harpers Ferry Road - Rt. 671 to 340.) From Rt. 9 West exit onto 340 North towards Harpers Ferry. Go several miles and exit to stay on 340 North. Go almost  4 miles on US 340 north. Go over the hill, and turn right into the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Follow signs to visitor center parking. If you took Harpers Ferry Rd - Rt 671, at the end, turn left onto 340 and follow for about 2 miles. Turn left at the traffic light into Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Follow Signs to visitor center parking. 

From Hagerstown and points west:

Take 70 East to the Boonsboro Rt 66 exit. Head south to Boonsboro. Turn left on Alt 40 and follow through town. Turn right on Rt 67 and continue to Rt 340 towards Harpers Ferry. Follow US 340 for 1 mile and cross the Potomac River Bridge. Continue 2 miles and cross the Shenandoah River Bridge. Follow 340 to the first traffic light. Turn left into the Harper's Ferry National Historical Park Visitor's Center. Follow signs to visitor center parking.

From Winchester and points south:

Take Rt. 7 E to Berryville. Exit onto 340 north to Charles Town. Once in Charles Town, exit to stay on 340 North. Follow for for almost 4 more miles. Turn right at the traffic light into Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center.  Follow signs to visitor center parking. 

How do I get to the start/finish area in Shepherdstown? Half, 10k, 5k start here.

Directions to Shepherdstown- Please note we will have parking in close proximity to start with efficient shuttle service to avoid congestion in our small town. Best parking is west Campus lots on Shepherd University  (1/2 mile warm up to start ) See parking map here

From Antietam (Sharpsburg, MD):
Make a left turn out of the visitor's center onto MD-65 south towards Sharpsburg.
After about 1 mile turn right at a stop sign onto MD-34 west (Main St. in Sharpsburg). There will be a sign for Shepherdstown.
After about 3.5 miles you will cross the bridge over the Potomac river and the road becomes WV-480 south (Duke St. in Shepherdstown).
The trip is about 5 miles and should take about 10 minutes.

From Frederick, MD:
Take US-340 west towards Harpers Ferry.
After about 22 miles, turn right onto WV-230 north towards Shepherdstown.
Stay on 230 for about 10 miles until it ends in Shepherdstown. The trip is a little over 30 miles and should take about 45 minutes.

From Hagerstown, MD: 
Take MD-65 south towards Sharpsburg. After about 13 miles turn right at a stop sign onto MD-34 west (Main St. in Sharpsburg).
After about 3.5 miles you will cross the bridge over the Potomac river and the road becomes WV-480 south (Duke St. in Shepherdstown).
The trip is about 17 miles and should take about 30 minutes.

From Harpers Ferry, WV: 
From the visitor's center take US-340 south toward Charles Town.
After about 1 mile, turn right onto WV-230 north towards Shepherdstown.
Stay on 230 for about 10 miles until it ends in Shepherdstown. The trip is a little over 10 miles and should take about 25 minutes.

From Interstate 81:
From I-81 in West Virginia take exit #16 onto WV-9 east.
After about 2 miles, make a left turn onto WV-45 east towards Shepherdstown.
After about 8.5 miles WV-45 ends in Shepherdstown.

From the Baltimore Area:
From the I-695 beltway, take the I-70 west exit (exit # 16) towards Frederick.
After about 40 miles, take the US-340 west exit (exit # 52) towards Harpers Ferry.
After about 21 miles, turn right onto WV-230 north.
Stay on 230 for about 10 miles until it ends in Shepherdstown. From the I-695 beltway the trip is a little over 70 miles and should take about 1.5 hours.

From BWI Airport:
From the airport take I-195 west.
After less than 2 miles, take the MD-295 south exit (exit #2B) towards Washington.
After less than 3 miles, take the MD-100 west exit.
After about 8 miles, take the US-29 north exit towards I-70.
After about 3 miles, take the I-70 west exit towards Frederick.
After about 35 miles, take the US-340 west exit (exit # 52) towards Harper?s Ferry.
After about 21 miles, turn right onto WV-230 north.
Stay on 230 for about 10 miles until it ends in Shepherdstown. The trip is a little over 80 miles and should take less than 2 hours.

From Dulles Airport: 
From the Dulles Airport access road take the VA-267 toll west towards Leesburg.
After about 12 miles, take the VA-7 west exit (# 1A) towards Leesburg.
After about 25 miles, take the US-340 north exit towards Charles Town.
After about 15 miles, turn left onto WV-230 north.
Stay on 230 for about 10 miles until it ends in Shepherdstown. The trip is a little over 60 miles and should take between 1.5 hours.

From the Washington, DC area: 
From the I-495 beltway take I-270 north towards Frederick.
After about 32 miles, I-270 intersects I-70 and becomes US-40 west (do not take I-70).
After about 1 mile, take the US-340 west exit towards Harper?s Ferry.
After about 22 miles, turn right onto WV-230 north towards Shepherdstown.
Stay on 230 for about 10 miles until it ends in Shepherdstown. The trip is a little under 80 miles and should take about 1.5 hours.

From Points Northwest of WV: 
Get onto I-70 east. I-70 intersects the PA turnpike and also I-68.
At the intersection I-70 and I-81 in Maryland, take I-81 south.
From I-81 take exit # 12 in West Virginia onto WV-9 east.
After about 2 miles, make a right turn onto WV-45 east towards Shepherdstown.
After about 8.5 miles WV-45 ends in Shepherdstown .

West of WV: 
Take I-64 east to its intersection with I-81 in Virginia.
Take I-81 north into West Virginia.
From I-81 take exit #16 onto WV-9 east.
After about 2 miles, make a right turn onto WV-45 east towards Shepherdstown.
After about 8.5 miles WV-45 ends in Shepherdstown.