February 23-24, 2019

Running with Team FREEDOM and Carmen for those who are not free to run yet.

Join Carmen & Team FREEDOM for the Gasparilla Distance Classic on February 23-24, 2019.
They are lacing up and running for FREEDOM!

Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless.
Go to bat for the defenseless. Isaiah 1:17 MSG

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!



One of the advantages to doing the Gasparilla Distance Classic is the variety of distances offered! As a group, we are focusing on the Saturday races- the 5k or the 15k- there is even a 5k stroller race! However, if you would prefer to do the 8k or Half Marathon on Sunday, we would encourage you to go for it! There are even multi-race challenge options that you can opt for. You pick the distance(s) that works best for you.


Saturday, February 23: 15k · 5k · 5k Walk
Sunday, February 24: 8k · Half Marathon


Exclusive benefits for Team FREEDOM:


Level 1: Raise $300 or more by January 15, 2019.

Those who raise $300 or more by 1/15/19 will receive a Team FREEDOM goodie bag and participant shirt to wear on Gasparilla race day.

Level 2: Raise $700 or more by January 15, 2019.

Those who raise $700 or more by 1/15/19 will receive an invitation for 1 (this means YOU!) to VIP Pasta Party with an acoustic concert by Natalie Grant held on Saturday 2/23! You will also receive a Team FREEDOM goodie bag and participant shirt to wear on Gasparilla race day. 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 Pasta Party.

Team FREEDOM Pasta Party


What You Provide:

  • The registration fee for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. (Registration fees vary by race, but rates will increase after January 11th, 2019.) You will register through the Gasparilla site through the link listed under "REGISTER NOW."

  • Commitment to fundraise for Hope for Justice by January 15, 2019. This donation secures your spot on Team FREEDOM. (This is separate from the registration fee.) See "Exclusive Benefits for Team FREEDOM" above for details on the two levels of participation.

  • Transportation to and from Tampa for the Gasparilla Distance Classic.

  • Lodging in Tampa the night before the race you choose, February 23 and/or 24, 2019, if desired.

  • Willingness to run the Gasparilla Distance Classic the weekend of February 23 & 24.

Team FREEDOM and Hope for Justice are on a mission to abolish sex slavery & human exploitation and ensure quality aftercare. Will you help us?


Here's how to get involved:

Please note: Unlike most of our events (ie, #beJOY backpacks, T-shirts for Turkeys)
this particular event is not recommended for children under the age of 18 due to
the subject matter and for liability purposes.

STEP 1: Register with Gasparilla

Register for the Gasparilla Distance Classic through Gasparilla's site. This must be done first! Important: When registering, be sure to set the "Select Team" field to "The JOY FM's Team Freedom".

Click here to register for the Gasparilla Distance Classic

STEP 2: Commit to Team FREEDOM

Let us know that you have registered with Gasparilla and want to be a part of Team FREEDOM. Please note: Your Gasparilla event confirmation number will be required in this step. And then, mark your calendars now! The Team FREEDOM Pasta Party will be Saturday, February 23, 2019. (Time and Location TBA.)

Click here to commit to be a part of Team FREEDOM

STEP 3: Choose Your Level of Participation and Raise Funds

Level 1: Commit to raise $300. Receive Team FREEDOM participant shirt. Skip the Pasta Party.

Level 2: Commit to $700. Receive a Team FREEDOM participant shirt. I’ll be sporting my neon when I show up for the Pasta Party with Natalie Grant on Saturday afternoon!

Deadline for fundraising is January 15, 2019, 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. All funds must be received by January 15, 2019. Please keep in mind this is a fundraising event. If you register as a family, each family member must register separately and each meet the fundraising requirements.

Click here to review the Fundraising Commitment

Please note, this running team will be limited, so register now with Gasparilla to reserve your spot with Team FREEDOM!


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