Thirteen-year-old Ezeckual Freed was running the 200 and 400 meter for track and field. He heard about the Run to the Lights 5K at Silver Dollar City and in 2017 he raced with his father, Chad Freed, on the Welk Resorts employee team. He placed first in his division.
His continued success in cross country earned him an invitation to compete in Orlando, Florida at the all-new ESPN complex. The AAU organization ranked Ezeckual tenth in the nation in the 3,000 meter run. He continues to get first place in other 5K runs.
He accredits his love for long distance running to Run to the Lights 5K, and has ambitions of outrunning Dathan Atchison, Regional Director of Operations Midwest for Welk Resorts, in this year’s event.