While the 4th of July is a day that many Americans celebrate Independence by lighting up the grills to barbecue or shoot fireworks to light up the sky, 3,500 participants we up at 8am for the start of the wildly popular 28th Annual Firecracker 5k Road Race in Shreveport (also known as Port City). While the area has a tremendous amount of races and endurance events throughout the year, this race is the main attraction according to Matt McVicar of Sportspectrum.
The historic 5k race brings participants from all over northern Louisiana and different parts of Texas as well. There were plenty of spirited racers as the American Flag shorts were popular with majority of the crowd. Although it’s a lot of fun and games, the series runners participate for one reason, the glass mug! To get your hands on such a mug, you must place in the top 150.
The temperatures the morning of the race were relatively warn in the low 80s, but the first place male, Grady Frazier, didn’t have a problem crossing the line with a line of 15:45. The first place female, Ali Edwards, ran a great race as well with a time of 18:59. She would cross the line sporting her trademark shades.
More results available at Sportspectrum.
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