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Free Safety Around Water Classes @ 7 area YMCAs
Jun 17 – Jun 20 all-day

Swimming with lifejacketWe’re excited to be part of the first-ever Indy Water Safety Week presented by the new Indy Aquatic Alliance! Enjoy free water safety programs and swim events at 30 locations across Greater Indianapolis throughout the week. All activities are free and open to the public. And here’s what you can do at the YMCA!

Free Water Safety Classes

To help keep kids safe, we have over 300 spots open for free “Safety Around Water” classes for ages 5-12 from June 17-20 at seven area YMCAs. In four, half-hour classes, the Y’s certified swim instructors will teach children basic safety skills and concepts, such as jump, push, turn, grab and swim, float and swim.
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“America’s Swim Instructor”

Safety Around Water teaches basic water awareness skills, but is not a substitute for learning how to swim. Swim lessons are always available at eight area YMCAs for a fee and at most Y Summer Day Camps. Known as “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y also offers swim teamsclinicswater fitness classescertifications and training and many more aquatics programs year-round. Scholarships are available for all of these programs.

Lunch and Learn: Nutrition @ Benjamin Harrison YMCA
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn: Nutrition @ Benjamin Harrison YMCA | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States

Sponsored by Oak Street Health

Join us for an informative Lunch & Learn covering the importance of nutrition.

Must register by Friday, June 21


Member Pool Party @ Outdoor Pool, Benjamin Harrison YMCA
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Member Pool Party @ Outdoor Pool, Benjamin Harrison YMCA | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
Freedom 5K @ Triton Brewing & Bistro
Jul 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Registration is closed, but you can register the morning of beginning at 7 a.m. at the Packet Pick/Registration table!. 

Race Course
We will be highlighting the Lawrence area with our route this year. 

Signage is up announcing lane restrictions.  There will be restrictions from 7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  We will have a “rolling opening” to open roads as quickly as possible once the last participants go through.

Packet Pickup

Friday, July 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. 
Saturday, July 6 from 7 – 8 a.m.

Triton Brewing Company & Bistro
5764 Wheeler Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216

  • Please bring your photo I.D.
  • You will receive your bib number and race shirt at this time.
  • Your timing chip is attached to the back of your bib. Do not fold your chip or you will not receive a finish time.
  • You will receive a shirt in the size that you requested. If it does not fit, you may bring the shirt to the registration table following the race to exchange the shirt for a different size if it is available at that time.

Race Morning!

Saturday, July 6
Freedom 5k Walk/Run race begins at 8 a.m.
sponsored by Blue Ribbon Transport & Caito Foods

Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m.
sponsored by Hoosier Academy of Indianapolis

Please arrive early so you have time to park, get to the race start, warm up, etc.
The start/finish line is outside of Triton Brewing Company & Bistro at 5764 Wheeler Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216.
Parking will be at Ivy Tech Community College. Please enter off of Lee Road & Rising Road.
We will not have a gear check available so please plan accordingly.

Free childcare is available for all race participants. Play & Learn at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216 will be open at 7:30 a.m. Children must be picked up no later than 9:30 a.m.

Race Logistics

The course and traffic restrictions can be found on our website.

Both events will be fully supported by volunteer course marshals as well as numerous representatives of the Lawrence Police Department. These personnel are in place to help prevent “interactions” with vehicular traffic at intersections.

Be social! Please tag us!
Instagram: @benharrisony, @geisthalfmarathon, @cityoflawrencein
Facebook: @benharrisonymca@geisthalf, @cityoflawrencein
Twitter: @ymcaindy, @gesithalf, @lawrenceincity
Please use #Freedom5k

This is a dog and stroller friendly race. Please be courteous and pick up after your fur or human children if the need arises.

There will be one water station sponsored by Fyzical located midway through the course.

Restrooms will be available near the start/finish line as well as at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA along the course.

The Lawrence Fire Department will be on hand to administer any minor medical needs. Participants requiring more medical attention may be transported to one of the nearby hospitals and will be billed by the hospital and ambulance provider.

This is a rain or shine event.

After crossing the Finish Line, participants will receive a medal, water and light refreshments provided by Caito Foods.

Post Race

Congratulations! You did it! 

Results will be available near the registration table following the race. Race results will also be available online.

Awards will be given to the top three overall women’s and top three overall men’s participants.

Please join us at Triton Brewing & Bistro to redeem the drink voucher located on your bib good for one pint of Root Beer or Hometown Hero. Must be over the age of 21 and present a valid photo I.D. for Hometown Hero. Please drink responsibly.

The Freedom 5K is one of eight events in the Y’s Inspire Indy 5K Series

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