The Freedom for Fighters 5K Walk/Run Event is presented to Mountain Home, Idaho in honor of all who are crushed in spirit; specifically, those who wear the hidden scars of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). This event is brought to you by the Jason Barney Family and the City of Mountain Home.
Freedom for Fighters Walk/Run is unique in that all participants will have the option of fill a back pack* at the start of the race with donated canned goods* representing the heavy weights that those who are 'crushed in spirit' and/or wear the hidden scars of PTSD carry on a daily basis. During the race there will be certain checkpoints where participants will unload a portion of weight, one checkpoint at a time. The idea is for the participants to be completely removed of all weights at least a quarter of a mile from the finish line so that the participants may run or sprint the last leg of the race free from weight. As participants cross the finish line, they will receive a red balloon and a sharpie marker to write down the heavy burdens they desire to be released from, OR who they are running in honor of.
The Barney Family's goal and vision is to bring freedom to our fighters. This race will represent the freedom of letting go of the heavy baggage and the pain the world has put on them. As a family and a community we feel this is the best way that we can give back and show our fighters that we truly care, that they are loved, honored and never alone.
(*Please note that all backpack and food donations will go towards local charitable organizations.)