Georgia Southern University’s nationally acclaimed Army ROTC program will host its annual Freedom Run 5K/10K race on Saturday, April 23 at the Recreation Activity Center located at 2687 Bunny Akins Boulevard, Statesboro, GA.

The Freedom Run 5K/10K serves as the Eagle Battalion’s primary fundraiser each year and helps support a multitude of Cadet events.  As one of the largest non-military college Army ROTC programs in the country, the Eagle Battalion has plenty of activities in need of funding – awards and commissioning ceremonies, Color Guard, Ranger Challenge, Army Ten-Miler and Bataan Memorial Death March teams, intramurals, alumni and JROTC outreach events, and most importantly, additional scholarships.

The race offers a traditional 5K, a 5K Ruck, and a 10K run.  The 5K Run/Walk is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.  The 5K Ruck is for ages 13 and over and allows participants the opportunity to challenge themselves by adding a weighted rucksack, backpack, or vest.  Females must carry a minimum of 30lbs and males must maintain 40lbs.  Rucksacks are required to be weighed before and after the race.  The 10K Run participants are asked to maintain a jogging pace. 

There is also a virtual option for family and friends who can’t make the race in Statesboro.  This has been an especially enticing option for Eagle Battalion alumni who are stationed or deployed throughout the world.

For more information on this year’s Freedom Run and a look at the routes, please visit

The Eagle Battalion is comprised of Cadets from Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro and Armstrong campuses, East Georgia State College – Statesboro, and Savannah State University.  They are a four-time winner of the prestigious MacArthur Award, presented annually to the top eight Army ROTC programs nationally.  The program is also one of the nation’s largest producers of Army Nurses.  Additionally, the program provides over $1 million annually in scholarships and stipends to its Cadets.

Duty, Honor, Country, Eagles!