AUBURN, AL. — FRESHJUNKIE Racing, a leading event management company, is proud to announce its recognition as a finalist for Sports Events and Tourism Association Event Partnership of the Year in markets under 500,000 with the War Eagle Run Fest. The annual event, which took place in its inaugural year of 2022, features a Half Marathon, 5K, and Tiger Kids Mile and has quickly established itself as a premier running experience.

The War Eagle Run Fest, held at the end of February, brought together thousands of enthusiastic runners and supporters from across the region to celebrate fitness, community, and pride of Auburn University. The event was produced in collaboration with key partners including Auburn-Opelika Tourism, the University of Auburn, the City of Auburn, Playfly Sports Properties/Auburn Sports Properties, and Adams Beverages.

“We are incredibly honored to be named a finalist for Event Partnership of the Year at the War Eagle Run Fest,” said Michael Wattigny, Marketing Director of FRESHJUNKIE Racing. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, as well as the valuable partnerships we have formed with Auburn-Opelika Tourism, the University of Auburn, the City of Auburn, Playfly Sports Properties/Auburn Sports Properties, and Adams Beverages. Together, we have created an outstanding event experience that has resonated with participants and the local community.”

The War Eagle Run Fest provided a platform for participants to challenge themselves in various race distances while enjoying the scenic routes and vibrant atmosphere that Auburn, Alabama has to offer. The collaboration between FRESHJUNKIE Racing and its esteemed partners ensured the event’s success by combining expertise in event management, tourism promotion, collegiate support, community engagement, and sponsorship coordination.

“We are incredibly proud to have been part of the War Eagle Run Fest and to be recognized as a finalist for Event Partnership of the Year,” said Anthony Terling, Sports & Event Development Manager of Auburn-Opelika Tourism. “The event showcased the unique beauty and warmth of our community, and the seamless collaboration between all partners involved made it an unforgettable experience. We look forward to future editions of the Run Fest, as it continues to grow and become a staple in Auburn’s event calendar.”

FRESHJUNKIE Racing continues to demonstrate its commitment to delivering exceptional events that engage participants and leave a lasting impact on host communities. As a finalist for Event Partnership of the Year, the company’s dedication to excellence and innovation has been acknowledged, setting a benchmark for future collaborations in the event management industry. The 3rd Annual War Eagle Run Fest is scheduled for February 18, 2024. For more information visit:


FRESHJUNKIE Racing (FJR) is an endurance event production company specializing in road running races and triathlons. Currently, FJR produces 19 events annually: 12 in Louisiana, 1 in Mississippi, 3 in Alabama, 2 in Missouri, and 1 in Florida. While 13 of the 19 events are company-owned events, FJR offers event services for organizations looking to outsource the production of their running race or triathlon. FRESHJUNKIE Racing prides itself on attending to the small details. Because they matter. We are a production company made up of athletes that produces events for athletes. We know what it means to plan, train for, and participate in events and we know what the small details are. From initial planning, permitting, and overall event operations to graphic design, marketing, and video production, we are a complete shop. We are exhaustive in our preparation and comprehensive in our execution so that athletes can participate in experiential events they will remember for years to come. For more info visit: