The Rainsville Freedom Run 10K and 5K this weekend was a huge success.

The event celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday. Jerry Clifton, who is the race’s organizer and originator, said more than 900 racers participated. There were 11 states and five different countries represented at the race — Jerry said two of those racers were Olympians who competed in 2016 and 2008.

They were able to draw more “elite runners” than any previous year, and all of them were complimentary of the race, Clifton said. He asked for any constructive criticism and people were “grasping at straws” to find anything he should change.

The race brings in many people from outside the area, but could not made possible without the support from DeKalb County. Clifton was extremely grateful. Money raised for the event goes to help a number of local nonprofit organizations, and you can read more about that on page 1. We offer our congratulations to Clifton and the Freedom Run board for yet another successful year, and we encourage everybody else to mark the date on next year’s calendar. You can all get out and run, walk or volunteer to make the next event the biggest one yet. It’s something you won’t want to miss.

Our View is the opinion of the Times-Journal’s editorial board, which includes Publisher Tricia Clinton-Dunne and Managing Editor Bradley Roberts.

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