Ninth Annual James W. Foley Freedom Runs to Be Held in Milwaukee, Madison; Across United States

MILWAUKEE, WI – The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation will hold the 9th annual James W. Foley Freedom Run/Walk in Milwaukee and Madison. The Milwaukee and Madison Foley Freedom Runs are among several runs being held across the United States to honor the memory of journalist James W. Foley others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and to raise awareness about international hostage taking.

James Foley was a 1996 alumnus of Marquette University, which is today coordinating an archive of his life and work as a journalist.

“The ninth annual Foley Freedom Run comes at a joyous moment when we are celebrating recent freedom for five Americans who were unjustly detained in Iran for many years,” said Foley Foundation President & Founder Diane Foley. “However, we cannot rest until every American held hostage or unjustly detained abroad is reunited with their families. This year would have been Jim’s 50th birthday so please join the 2023 Foley Freedom Run/Walk to free Americans still held captive abroad, to deter international hostage taking and to promote journalists’ safety”.

Milwaukee Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday October 14, 2023
  • Time: Please arrive by 9:00 AM
    • Race begins 9:15 AM
  • Location: Marquette University Campus, near St. Joan of Arc Chapel, behind Raynor Library, 1355 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • Contacts: Tom Durkin (, TJ Dysart (

Madison Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday October 21, 2023
  • Time:  Registration opens at 9:00 AM
    • Race begins 10:00 AM
  • Location:  State Street side of Wisconsin State Capitol
  • Contact: Audrey Thibert (

In addition to the Wisconsin Foley Freedom Runs, the Foley Foundation is holding Freedom Runs in Rochester, New Hampshire on October 14 and Washington, DC on October 15. Individual runners are also invited to participate virtually on the weekend of October 14-15 and use #IRunForJim on social media to document their runs.

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