Freed to Run 5.0 begins on November 15, 2021, kicking off its fifth year of six marathons in six days benefitting Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA). Founded in 2017 by Gunster Shareholder Mike Freed, Freed to Run raises critical funds and awareness to support pediatric patients and their families in navigating legal obstacles that often impede their health outcomes. In just four years, the event has raised over $1.5 million, with over $400,000 being raised in 2020 alone.
Florida Bar President and Gunster Shareholder Mike Tanner will join Freed on Day One at the Florida Supreme Courthouse in Tallahassee, and the marathon will finish at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville. Teams will take turns throughout the day; while each team member is running their section of the course, their teammates will shuttle ahead to the next relay checkpoint and await their approaching team member.
Freed to Run 2021 Multi-day Marathon Schedule
- Monday, November 15 – Florida Supreme Courthouse, Tallahassee
- Tuesday, November 16 – Jefferson County Courthouse, Monticello
- Wednesday, November 17 – Madison County Courthouse, Madison
- Thursday, November 18 – Suwanee County Courthouse, Live Oak
- Friday, November 19 – Columbia County Courthouse, Lake City
- Saturday, November 20 – Baker County Courthouse, Macclenny
- Saturday, November 20 – Jacksonville Farmers Market, Jacksonville
- Saturday, November 20 – Finish at Duval County Courthouse, Jacksonville
Mike Freed is a business litigation shareholder in the firm’s Jacksonville office. Freed holds a vast experience in the courtroom and arbitrations, administrative proceedings and other forms of dispute resolution. He is board certified in business litigation with a practice spanning a wide range of disciplines and industries, including corporate governance, education, health care, hospitality, labor and employment, construction, logistics, transportation and receiverships. Freed serves as counsel for a variety of companies, with regular involvement in personnel matters, labor relations, contract negotiations, insurance, risk analysis and strategic planning.
Mike Tanner is a seasoned legal strategist with more than thirty years of experience. His primary areas of practice include complex litigation, appellate (state and federal courts) and election law. The 73rd president of The Florida Bar, Tanner is board certified in both civil trial and business litigation by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. In March 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.