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Register for 2023 President Lincoln's Cottage 9th Annual Freedom 5K

Freedom 5K| Tot-Dash | Family Fun Day

Join us for President Lincoln's Cottage Homecoming celebrations and 9th Annual Freedom 5K on September 16, 2023 – in celebration of the 161st anniversary of Lincoln's decision to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation – at the very home where he drafted it.

Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, open fields, and historic buildings on this breath-taking and challenging course. Located on the otherwise closed 250-acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northwest Washington, DC, the run culminates at President Lincoln's Cottage, where a closing ceremony will take place.

See course map.

The race starts promptly at 9 am. Stick around after the race for a tot-dash (100 foot dash for our up-and-coming runners), and free Family Day event as part of our Homecoming celebrations – at a place Lincoln and his family called home.

President Lincoln's Cottage is a historic site and museum situated on a beautiful campus in Northwest Washington, D.C. Opened to the public in 2008, we bring President Lincoln's nation-changing story to life through innovative guided tours, engaging exhibits, and interactive programs.


Proceeds and donations from the run support our mission to preserve the Cottage and grounds to better connect people to the true spirit of the Lincolns, build empathy, and inspire them to act upon their own brave ideas for social justice.  President Lincoln's Cottage is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your support helps us provide transformative experiences for thousands of people each year and preserve this special place for courage, justice, and freedom to flourish.


Registration fee: 
5K: $40 until online registration closes on September 14 at 8:00 pm, then will be $50 through race day.

Tot Dash: 
100-foot Tot-Dash for FREE following the 5K race. Register the morning of the race.

Packet pickup:
Packet Pickup will be held on Friday, September 15, from 4:30-6:30 pm at President Lincoln's Cottage and Saturday, September 16 starting at 7:30 am.

Swag  and Awards:
All 5K participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and awards will be given to the overall top 3 male and female finishers. T-shirt availability and sizing are not guaranteed for registrations received after Tuesday, August 22.

Check out our great awards:  

FIRST PLACE Male and First Place Female and First Place Non-binary+
-Membership to President Lincoln's Cottage ($50 level)
-Winner's Certificate
-Two tickets to Bourbon and Bluegrass ($120 value)
-A Premium Tour (private, behind the scenes) for up to 10 friends
-$50 gift certificate from Potomac River Running


SECOND PLACE Male and Second Place Female and Second Place Non-binary +
-Membership to President Lincoln's Cottage ($50 level)
-Winner's Certificate
-A Signature Tour for up to 10 friends
-$25 gift certificate from Potomac River Running


THIRD PLACE Male and Third Place Female and Third Place Non-binary+
-Membership to President Lincoln's Cottage ($50 level)
-Winner's Certificate
-$25 gift certificate from Potomac River Running


Location: President Lincoln's Cottage is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus in Northwest Washington, D.C. We are located on Federal property and all Freedom 5K attendees must bring a photo ID to be checked at the security gate. The entrance to President Lincoln's Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW. The street address is 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington, DC 20011. Note: North Capitol Street address is NOT an entrance.


Parking: Parking is free but limited to 100 spots maximum and offered on a first come, first served basis, starting at 7:30 am on the day of the race. We encourage carpooling, ride share services such as Uber or Lyft, or public transportation to the site. There is also street parking available in the nearby Petworth neighborhood. 


Public Transportation: It is highly suggested you take public transportation to the event. There will be a bag drop available on site. Please use 140 Rock Creek Church Rd., NW, Washington DC, 20011 in your GPS or Maps service to plan your trip to the Cottage. President Lincoln's Cottage is easily accessible from Green and Yellow metro Lines and Metro Bus. Rideshares such as Uber and Lyft are permitted to drop off and pick up on site. Street parking in the surrounding Petworth neighborhood can also be utilized. 

Pets: Sorry, pets are not allowed on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Additional Information or Questions: Contact President Lincoln's Cottage at 202-618-3406 or Freedom5k@lincolncottage.org

Visit www.lincolncottage.org for more information on President Lincoln's Cottage.