Last week I ran the Wall Firecracker 5 Miler on the 4th of July. I was excited to run this race for a couple of random reasons: it starts and ends at the park I’ve been running at lately, it was a holiday and I wanted to do something productive in the morning (otherwise I probably wouldnt have had the motivation to go for a run)
The race started down the street from the town Municipal building, went around the neighboring streets, through neighborhoods, then back to the municipal complex.
The first mile was beautiful! By the time we got to mile 1.5 there was already volunteers riding back and forth on bikes handing out waters because it was HOT. When we got to miles 2-3.5, we were passing through neighborhoods that had some spectators out at the end of their driveways with their own personal stands handing out waters and cheering on runners.
There was one girl running near me who made the effort to go to EVERY kid cheering on runners and high five them and thank them for coming out.
The last mile is in and out of the park at the municipal complex, which I did not know prior and it really threw me off. As we got closer to it, I thought, no way are we almost at mile 5… well turns out I was right! We had to turn into the park, go out and back, THEN continue on to the finish.
When crossing the finish, runners received a rose and mini American Flag in place of medals. They also printed results instantly so you could check your time and see where you placed. After everyone finished, they held an awards ceremony for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd male/female overall, age groups (in 10 year increments), and 1st male/female Wall Resident.
I ended up placing second in my age group and the prize was a Firecracker 5 Sweatshirt! Honestly, at the time I thought it was kind of a poor choice of prize, it was the middle of summer and at the end of a hot race, who wants a new sweatshirt??? I was talking to one of the other runners and she was saying another local race gave out towels and that sounded MUCH more appealing.
But now I’m extremely thankful for my sweatshirt and I’ve probably worn it 5 times (and I’ve only had it a week).