THIS REGIONAL ROAD RACE HAS BECOME A 4TH OF JULY RACE TRADITION. THE RACE WILL CELEBRATE ITS 44th YEAR IN 2020. RUNNER’S WORLD MAGAZINE HAS CALLED THIS COURSE ONE OF THE FASTEST IN THE USA.
- The course records are held by Ruben Reina with 13:26 and Collette Murphy with 15:23.
- The race has been the first road race of many runners. Governor Huckabee ran his first road race as governor in 2004.
- Running legends Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, and Joan Benoit Samuelson have each run the Firecracker several times.
- 2019 winners were Bennett Pascoe in a time of 15:29:25 and Chelsea Weaver Smith in a time of 17:24.30