Over 100 runners participated in the 24th annual Firecracker 5K in Ishpeming this morning. Runners of all ages and skill levels kicked off their Independence Day with a run through the Al Quaal Recreation Area and the surrounding woods. The race serves as good exercise, but it’s also for a good cause.
“The funds for this go to support four youth groups and the fireworks that are put off. It’s a pleasure to do it, because as I say it’s for the community, it’s for the people, and it’s a way to celebrate,” explained Firecracker 5K organizer Ann Trudell.
The race is designed to celebrate the holiday and be a fun event for runners, but that doesn’t mean the runners aren’t trying to win.
“It’s a family event, so we have generations of people coming in. They walk, they run, they giggle, but you know what it is in a race, you still get an element of competition,” added Trudell, “One brother against another one, an uncle against an uncle…you know how it is. But oh my gosh this is a great time.”
Awards were given to the top three finishers in each age group.