LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Some families and individuals in the area had an early start to their fourth of July.
The 5th annual Firecracker 4 mile run enticed hundreds of people in the community to celebrate the holiday with some early morning exercise. Registration for the races began at 6 a.m. The Firecracker 4 mile walk and run began at 7 a.m. The course took the runners through a scenic course starting at Riverside Park to Pettibone Park via the Cass Street Bridge. The youth races began at 8:30 a.m. at Riverside Park. Children and their parents ran a short distance through the park and met super heroes at the finish line. Each youth member was awarded with a medal from a super hero for finishing the race.
Many parents were excited to see their kids up and active on the holiday.
“This is the first time I heard about it. So we signed up like I think maybe in March,” Mother of two youth runners, Heather Brice, said. “It was something exciting they like to do, be active and run around. Especially on the fourth of July and get a medal and be a part of all the kids running.”
Olympic medalist Emma Coburn was even present at both races. She competed in the Firecracker 4 mile run/walk and participated in the youth superhero races. With all the excitement of the super heroes and the Holiday festivities, the youth were eager to be competing. Nora Vanacker and her younger siblings, Samuel and Elisa, competed in the youth race together and had a great time at the race.
“I started off really fast and I thought I was going to beat all of them, but then I started slowing down..I still had fun!” Nora said.
The proceeds from both races will benefit the La Crosse Children’s Museum and La Crosse Area Autism Foundation.