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Team Freedom

Free. To. Run.

February 21 - 22, 2015

Running for FREEDOM with Carmen and Team FREEDOM

Join Carmen & Team FREEDOM for the Gasparilla Distance Classic on February 21 - 22, 2015. They are lacing up and running for FREEDOM!
Team up with Carmen & Team FREEDOM as they:
RUN for the millions enslaved around the world, including our own backyard.
RUN for those without a voice.
RUN for those who aren’t free to…YET!


  Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. 

Go to bat for the defenseless.  Isaiah 1:17 MSG

Choose your distance!

The Gasparilla Distance Classic offers a variety of race distances. As a group, we are focusing on the Saturday races - the 15k and the 5k.  However, we have team members participating in the 8k and the Half Marathon on Sunday as well.  Team FREEDOM will be representing in all races, so pick your distance, any distance, and go for it!

2015 Race Options
Saturday, February 21: 15k · 5k · 5k Walk
Sunday, February 22: 8k · Half Marathon

Exclusive benefits for Team FREEDOM:
♦ A special goodie bag that includes a Team FREEDOM dri-fit t-shirt.
Admission to the VIP Pasta Party that includes:
  • A pasta dinner to fuel you for your run
  • An intimate acoustic performance by a JOY FM Artist (TBD)
  • Pasta party will be in the Tampa area on Friday, February 20, 2015 (Time and Tampa location TBA.)

  • We will take a team photo at the Pasta Party. Keep in mind, we'll be running in different races, so we will not finish at the same time. Therefore, a team photo will be taken at the Princess Pasta Party.


    Registration fee for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. You will register through the Gasparilla site through the link listed under "REGISTER NOW."
    Commitment to raise a minimum of $500 individually for Hope For Justice. This donation secures your spot on Team FREEDOM and the festivities during race weekend. (this is separate from the registration fee)
    Transportation to and from Tampa for the Gasparilla Distance Classic.
    Lodging in Tampa the night before the race you choose, February 20 and/or 21, 2015, if desired.
    Willingness to run the Gasparilla Distance Classic the weekend (February 21 - 22).


    2014 Team Freedom Collage

    Team FREEDOM and Hope For Justice are on a mission to abolish sex

    slavery & human exploitation, and ensure quality after care. Will you help us?

    here's how to get involved:

    Please note: Unlike most of our events (ie, Shoe Collections, 
    T-shirts for Turkeys) this particular event is not recommended 
    for children under the age of 18 due to the subject matter. 
    STEP 1: Register with Gasparilla
    1. Register for the Gasparilla Distance Classic through Gasparilla's site. This must be done first! Click here to register for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. external link

      STEP 2: Commit to Team FREEDOM
    2. Let us know that you have registered with Gasparilla and want to be a part of Team FREEDOM. Click here to commit to be a part of Team FREEDOM. The deadline to register for Team FREEDOM is January 16th, 2015. Please note: Your Gasparilla event confirmation number will be required in this step. And then, mark your calendars now! The Team FREEDOM Princess Pasta Party will be Friday, February 20, 2015. (Time and Tampa Location TBA.)
      STEP 3: Raise Funds
    3. Donate or raise $500 or more through fundraising to support Hope For Justice’s efforts by January 16, 2015 at 5 p.m. **Please carefully read the information about the fundraising commitment before you register.  This is a requirement to be a part of Team FREEDOM. We will begin accepting the required fundraising commitment soon. All funds must be received by Janurary 16, 2015. Please keep in mind this is a fundraising event. If you register as a family, each family member must meet the fundraising requirements.

      Team Freedom 2013 Check  Team Freedom 2014 Check



    Questions? Click here to read Carmen's FAQ's.


    Learn more about the Gasparilla Distance Classic  |  Learn more about Hope For Justice

    If you have any additional questions, please email