why i run

6 marathons in 6 days.


What’s a better motivator than a little healthy competition – especially with a spouse?

In 2017, I decided to one-up my wife’s 2016 fundraising efforts. She raised $40,000 with a Bollywood-style bash celebrating her 40th birthday. The money raised went towards the Emancipation Network, which provides job training to human trafficking survivors.

My 2017 goal was to raise $50,000 for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA), which helps provide legal services for the low-income community in northeast Florida. Through an outpouring of donations and sponsorships, I was able to raise nearly $70,000.

This year, I'm doing it again.

Freed to Run™ 2019 is a now a six marathons in six days point to point relay, with teams joining me and covering the distance by taking turns throughout the day. While each team member is running their section of the course, their teammates will shuttle ahead to the next relay checkpoint and await their approaching team member.


Mike Freed
Freed to Run™ founder

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