24th annual Firecracker 5K

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.