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For the benefit of the Retreiving Freedom Foundation & recognizing the need in supporting our troops coming back from combat.

Dan Flaugh was a SPC E4, Calvary Scout in the United States Army and served his country on the front line as a Re-Con Scout of Bush's Surge on Baghdad, Iraq. Dan was honorably discharged from the Army in 2008. In December 2011, after struggling with PTSD and depression, Dan took his own life.

The Flaughless 5K was started by Dan's friends and family in 2012 as a memorial to Dan and a tribute to all soldiers struggling with the mental and physical damages of war. The proceeds from the Flaughless 5K benefit the Retreiving Freedom Inc.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people suffer after seeing or living through a dangerous event. When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. However in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged. People with PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.

If you are unable to participate in A Flaughless 5K but wish to donate directly to the Retreiving Freedom Inc..

For additional ways to help, please visit

Retrieving Freedom


This will be our last year of the Flaughless 5K and with your support have raised more than money but increased visibility for our troops who are in need of medical care with PTSD.

Race Information

5th Annual Flaughless 5K | 10 am
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Riverside Park in Vinton, Iowa. Registration at 9 am, race begins at 10 am.

Parking around Riverside Park is limited and we recommend finding a spot along the residential side streets.

Check-In and Registration | 8 am
Participants will collect their race packets and t-shirts from the check-in/registration table outside the round shelter at Riverside Park (or inside the shelter if there is inclement weather) cross the street from Virginia Gay Hospital.

Opening Ceremony | 9:45 am
There will be a short opening ceremony near the new fountain in front of Virginia Gay Hospital at approximately 9:45.

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Dan Flaugh

Awards | 11 am
Following the race, at approximately 11 am, there will be an awards ceremony with customized military-style dog tags handed out to men and women for first, second, and third place in all age categories.

We'll need lots of volunteers before, during and after the race. If you're interested in helping, stay tune for more information to sign up.

Weather Cancellation
A Flaughless 5K will go on rain or shine.

Race Map
Run Route is 3.1 miles and the walk route is 2.4 miles


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