2nd Annual Free Spirit 5K Run and 1 Mile

56th Street and Indian School
Phoenix, AZ 85018

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Event Description

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Free Spirit 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  The event will take place at Arizona Falls and will feature 5K and 1 mile distances along the canal.

Join friends and family of "Free Spirit" Malachi Patrick Kenney III (MPK III) as we walk and run together to raise money in his memory for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Mal died in August 2014 at the age of 67 after battling two different kinds of Leukemia.  He was diagnosed with CLL in July 2011 and eventually Tcell Lymphoma in May 2014, which took his life only 3 short months later.  As Mal's Mayo Clinic hematologist said, he was hit by lightning not once, but TWICE.  



Mal was the kind of person that made an extraordinary impact on those around him.  In his work life, family life, social and spiritual life - he was a phenomenal father, true friend, an amazing teacher and gave himself generously to all who knew him.  Mal served as a constant reminder that man does not simply have a soul; rather, man IS a soul, and he has a body.  Hence, the Free Spirit Run! 

His impact still lives on in so many of us and we are honored to remember his legacy with this annual race and through charitable contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to hopefully make a difference to others who are affected by these diseases.

Event details and schedule

5K Course Map

1 Mile Course Map

To register by mail please complete and return our Mail-in Registration Form!


Can't make it to this year's event but still want to participate? We are excited to announce our Free Spirit Virtual Race. A virtual race is a race that can be ran at any location. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race. You can run your race at your pace wherever you like. All virtual race participants will receive a custom event finisher's medal and custom event dri-fit tech t-shirt.  All you have to do is register above!  Please note - your virtual packet will be mailed out the week following the event.


All Participants Receive:

  • Custom Event Finisher's Medal

  • Custom Event Dri-Fit Tech T-Shirt
  • Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups (Race Day participants only).  Our age groups are the following:
    • 8 & Under, 9 & 10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & Over
  • Pre- and Post-Race "Runner's Brunch" (bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc)

  • Real Time Results and Photos on our Website or Mobile App (on Apple and Google)

  • Course set/marked by a professional race management team to maximize your experience!


Packet Pick-up Opportunities

  • Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 2:00 - 5:00pm - Road Runner Sports - Scottsdale (map)

  • Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Arizona Falls (race location) beginning at 7:00am.

Event Schedule

  • November 26 02:00 PM - Packet Pick up at Road Runner Sports - Scottsdale

  • November 27 07:00 AM - Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up Opens

  • November 27 08:00 AM - 5K Run/Walk Begins

  • November 27 08:10 AM - 1 Mile Run/Walk Begins

  • November 27 09:15 AM - Award Ceremony Begins (approx)

Race Day Information



  • Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 8:00am at Arizona Falls (race location).
    • We accept cash, check, or credit card (VISA and Master Card only) on race day
  • Cost of registration on race day will be $40 for the 5K and $30 for the 1 Mile
  • This event is stroller and leashed pet friendly!


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