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May 11, 2024

10th Anniversary Free Spirit 5K and 1 Mile Run

Arizona Falls • 56th Street and Indian School PhoenixAZ  85018 Organized by StartLine Sports LLC

About this event

Please join us for the 10th Anniversary of the

Free Spirit 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk

benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The event will take place at Arizona Falls and will feature

5K and 1 mile distances along the canal.




Join friends and family of "Free Spirit" Malachi Patrick Kenney III (MPK III) as we walk and run together to raise money in his memory for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Mal died in August 2014 at the age of 67 after battling two different kinds of Leukemia. He was diagnosed with CLL in July 2011 and eventually Tcell Lymphoma in May 2014, which took his life only 3 short months later. As Mal's Mayo Clinic hematologist said, he was hit by lightning not once, but TWICE.



Mal was the kind of person that made an extraordinary impact on those around him. In his work life, family life, social and spiritual life - he was a phenomenal father, true friend, an amazing teacher and gave himself generously to all who knew him. Mal served as a constant reminder that man does not simply have a soul; rather, man IS a soul, and he has a body. Hence, the Free Spirit Run!

His impact still lives on in so many of us and we are honored to remember his legacy with this annual race and through charitable contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to hopefully make a difference to others who are affected by these diseases.

Event details and schedule

Mail-in & Virtual Run Registration 

To register by mail please complete and return our Mail-in Registration Form! Please make check payable to StartLine Racing.

Can't make it to this year's event but still want to participate? We are excited to offer the Free Spirit Virtual Run. A virtual run is a run that can be ran at any location. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race. You can run your race at your pace wherever you like. All virtual race participants will receive a custom event finisher's medal and custom event dri-fit tech t-shirt. All you have to do is register above! Please note that your medal and shirt will not be mailed out until after the completion of the event on May 11, 2024. Prior to the event all virtual participants will receive an email with instructions on how to submit your time.

Virtual Registrations are restricted to US addresses only. If you reside outside of the US and wish to participate please contact StartLine Racing at info@startlineracing.com



All Participants Receive: 

Custom Event Finisher's Medal for all participants

Custom Event Dri-Fit Tech T-Shirt for all participants.

Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups (Race Day participants only) in the 10K and 5K only. Our age groups are the following:

  • 8 & Under, 9 & 10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over

Pre- and Post-Race "Runner's Brunch" (granola bars, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc)

Chip Timed with Real Time Results and Photos on our Website or Mobile App (on Apple and Google)

Event managed by StartLine Racing. Club SLR discounts do not apply.

Please note any race related items (shirts, medals, etc.) will NOT be mailed to those that do not attend



Race Day Information 

Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 6:00am at Arizona Falls (race location).

We accept cash, check, or credit card on race day

Cost of registration on race day will be $40 for the 5K and $30 for the 1 Mile

We welcome wheelchairs, strollers & wagons.

No roller blades, skateboards or motorized devices are allowed on the run or walk courses.

Leashed pet friendly

Due to the common start/finish line, there is no bag check for this event.

This event will take place rain or shine. There are no refunds for due to weather.

Race Day Parking will be located at:

  • G.R. Herberger Park - 5802 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85018 (map)
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - 3641 N. 56th St, Phoenix AZ 85018 (map)
  • Arcadia Park - 3402 N. 56th St, Phoenix AZ 85018 (map)
  • Ingleside Middle School - 5402 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix AZ 85018 (map)



Course Maps 

5K Course Map

1M Course Map



Packet Pick-up Opportunity 

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Arizona Falls (race location) beginning at 6:00am.



Event schedule 

  •   Sat, May 11, 2024 6:00 AM - Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up Opens
  •   Sat, May 11, 2024 7:00 AM - 5K Run/Walk Begins
  •   Sat, May 11, 2024 7:10 AM - 1 Mile Run/Walk Begins
  •   Sat, May 11, 2024 8:15 AM - Award Ceremony Begins (approx)


Arizona Falls

56th Street and Indian School PhoenixAZ  85018

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