By Diane Ako
Camp Bennett has partnered with XTERRA and Kualoa Ranch to launch the 6th year of Freedom Fest Races on July 5th and 6th. XTERRA Freedom Fest is two great days of off-road racing in Ka’a’awa Valley, Oahu, Hawaii. Enjoy ocean views, mountain climbs, movie sets, and live music as you raise money for charity.
Seven races, two days, and over 1000 athletes from around the globe will rally at the ranch in an effort to raise money for Wounded Warrior, Access Surf, and a Clean Water Initiative. Get involved as a racer, volunteer, sponsor, or spectator.
Athletes can choose from several events and get the whole family involved! Saturday events include an XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon consisting of a 1K swim, 20K bike, and 10K run, a 1K Open Water Swim Race, a 20K and 40K Mountain Bike Race, and a Kid’s Fun Run. Sunday will offer a 5K XTERRA Trail Run and Adventure Walk, 10K XTERRA Trail Run, and a Kid’s Fun Run. Both days athletes will be entertained by live music donated by local artists.
Age group winners qualify for the XTERRA World Championship Triathlon on Maui. Trail run overall winders receive free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on Oahu in December. Come volunteer, race, or just buy a ticket to the BBQ and enjoy the live music and amazing views of Kualoa Ranch.
Freedom Fest started in 2009 by a small non-profit in Kailua called Camp Bennett. Camp Bennett operates on the core values of fitness, nutrition, and community being the foundation for health and happiness. It says it's passionately committed to bringing the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to participate in activities that enrich life. The group wanted to create an off-road event in the valley that would raise money for local charities and encourage families to get out and play!
The group partnered with XTERRA in 2011 because of their LIVE MORE philosophy. XTERRA is a Hawaii based company with 100 events produced in the United States and globally. With the partnership 25 people earn slots to race in the XTERRA World Championships in Maui. This is very special because around the world one must typically win a championship race in order to qualify.