The second annual Fair Haven Firecracker 5K was a nice follow-up to the inaugural run last summer. Runners, walkers and holiday spectators of all ages gathered under sunny skies in the low 70s on Independence Day. Kids and adults came to shake out the legs ahead of the festivities throughout the day. The event is produced annually with no cost and no registration, making it easy for anyone to participate.
The winners of the four-lap course were Fair Haven residents Erin Rehm striding in at 25:00 and Ryan Corbett with a blazing 18:50 time. In the high school category, Cooper Scott and Elizabeth Rodriguez, both of RFH, crossed the finish line to lead their group categories. In the new kids division, Ally Hathaway and Finnley Reid proudly hoisted the glossy red firecracker trophies. Although there wasn’t a “joggler” category, one talented participant juggled the entire course while running!
“Having the community come together in our parks is a great way to connect and make use of our wonderful outdoor spaces,” said Fair Haven Council President Christopher Rodriguez. “This race was the second of what we hope will be many more building a tradition for the holiday weekend in town. By crowdsourcing and using volunteers, we were able to keep the event free and fun for all involved.”
The Fair Haven Firecracker 5K and the companion race, the Fair Haven Turkey Trot, are becoming staples for the town. If you’re interested in volunteering in the future, email the race organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org.