A tradition that began in 2014, the Story County Freedom Run is an annual event to raise money for the Story County Freedom Flight. The Freedom Run began as a unique event for the Story County GOP to give back to local veterans, but has grown to become an annual Freedom Flight event. The event raised has raised up to $5,000 each year to directly benefit local veterans and the Story County Freedom Flight. In 2018, Runners United Nevada, a local running group, formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has taken on organizational capacity for the Freedom Run.

Past dignitaries:
Senator Chuck Grassley*
Senator Joni Ernst*
Senator Lindsay Graham
Congressman Steve King
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds
Secretary Bill Northey
State Auditor Mary Mosiman*
County Supervisor Rick Sanders
County Recorder Stacie Herridge
County Treasurer Renee Twedt
Mayor of Nevada Lynn Lathrop

*denotes race runners