Eighth annual James W. Foley Freedom Runs to be held in Milwaukee, nationally

Oct. 13, 2022

Foley Freedom Run logoMILWAUKEE — Marquette University is joining with the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation in hosting the eighth annual James W. Foley Freedom Run in cities across the United States on Saturday, Oct. 15, celebrating the moral courage of Americans like Jim Foley and remembering all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. 

The Milwaukee Foley Freedom 5k Run/Walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on Marquette’s central mall. Students, faculty and Milwaukee community members will gather to run/walk around the Marquette Mile in remembrance of conflict journalist, educator and proud Marquette alum James W. Foley.

To register for the Milwaukee run or donate visit Marquette Runs for Jim.

“This year’s Foley Freedom Run comes at a poignant time, following the 2022 conviction and sentencing of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh for their role in the detention, torture and murder of Americans in Syria, including my son Jim,” said Foley Foundation Founder and President Diane Foley. “Accountability is essential to ever deter hostage taking and impunity.”

“The Foley Foundation is deeply grateful to President Biden and the national security officials who are working day and night to bring U.S. nationals home, and for the recent return of American citizens from Afghanistan, Venezuela and Iran,” continued Foley. “But we cannot rest until every U.S. national being held hostage or unjustly detained overseas is home safely and reunited with their loved ones.”

The eighth annual Foley Freedom Run will be run in cities across the U.S., including Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Houston and Rochester, New Hampshire. Individual runners are also invited to participate virtually and use #IRunForJim on social media.

All proceeds support the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation’s mission to bring Americans held hostage home and to promote the safety of journalists worldwide. Participants receive a Foley Freedom Run T-shirt and snacks and refreshments, including craft sodas from Sprecher and on-the-go drink packets from ZYN.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or kevin.m.conway@marquette.edu