ROCHESTER —The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation will be hosting its third annual James W. Foley Freedom Run on Sat., October 14 at Rochester Fairgrounds, 72 Lafayette St, Rochester. This year's 5k race/walk, starting at 10:00 a.m., is a flat, USATF certified course running through downtown Rochester. Also returning is the Kid's Fun Run (ages eight and under), set for 11:00 a.m.
Voted as New Hampshire's Best New Race in 2015, this year's 5k anticipates more than 1,500 local runners in Rochester and 1,500 more to run across the globe via its unique Virtual Run, created for those who wish to participate from all over the world. All runners participating in the 5k—both in-person and virtually—receive t-shirts, and are encouraged to post to social media on race day using the hashtag #IRunForJim.
Funds raised from the race will go directly to the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation and contribute significantly to the Foundation’s new Foley Training Program Grants, which provide freelance journalists with a three-day Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) course before traveling to high-risk areas abroad.
James W. Foley was the American conflict journalist held captive for two years in Syria before being murdered by ISIS terrorists in 2014. The New Hampshire native dedicated his life to caring for others through freedom of speech and democracy, providing a voice for those who have none. He reported on injustices from across the globe, shedding light on some of the most dangerous of its time.
For more information about the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, visit jamesfoleyfoundation.org or follow on social media at @JamesFoleyFund on Facebook and Twitter.