More than 100 people participated in the Frontier Freedom 5K Run/Walk on Fort Leavenworth on Oct. 8, 2023. Hosted by the CGSC Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Friends of the Fisher House, the race started and finished in the loop of the Frontier Army Museum and used the same route through the historic post as in 2022. Jacob Bull from Topeka, Kansas, won the top overall and top male competition with a time of 18:53. Amanda Dopson from Overland Park, Kansas, finished in fifth place overall and first in the women’s division with a time of 22:05.
For this second year, the race route along the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, past the historic homes and buildings of Fort Leavenworth, including the old U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, and back to the museum drew accolades from many of the participants who all stated it is one of the most scenic short running routes they’ve ever run.
Families with young children in strollers and some with dogs also participated.
“Thanks go to our co-host, the Greater Kansas City Friends of the Fisher House, as well as our sponsors – KAMO Adventures and Kansas Speedway,” said CGSC Foundation Interim President/CEO Lora Morgan. “This is now an official annual event and we’re pleased that it’s growing and helping generate awareness of the hundreds of military students and families that attend the Command and General Staff College each year. We had about 100 signups last year and this year’s signups were around 130. We want to see it grow even more.”
Morgan also added that having the event start and finish at the museum further adds to building awareness for not only the Command and General Staff College, but also the many activities on Fort Leavenworth. Finally, Morgan thanked all the volunteers who helped make the race a success, especially Ralph Erwin, a former CGSC instructor.
Funds raised from the 5K will support the education and welfare of U.S. and international students, staff and faculty at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and also supports military, veterans and their families while residing at the Fisher House located on the Kansas City VA Medical Center campus.
For full results of the race, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/FortLeavenworth/FrontierFreedom5K (click on the “Results” menu item).
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