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Firecracker Run sees a ‘boom’ of participation

The 2018 Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Firecracker Run is now in the books, with this year’s participation showing a new invigoration of the 15 year-old event.

Chamber Executive Director Tamara Coleman said the last few years had seen a decline in registration, but with some hard work and great sponsors the 15th annual event saw rejuvenated registration numbers.

“Last year, after the 2017 event, our board of directors actually contemplated laying this event to rest,” Coleman said. “Our numbers had begun to decline over the past several years. Our largest was in 2014 with 199 registrants. Those numbers dropped year after year, noting a registration number of just 82 last year.”

Following last year’s event, Coleman said the board began to consider whether the Firecracker Run had “run its course.” Shortly after that conversation began happening, however, the chamber was approached by Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy and Jerry’s Fireworks about a potential partnership.

“Since this year’s even would be our 15th annual, we decided to give it one more shot, and if the 2018 numbers came up, we would continue hosting the event,” Coleman said. “I am so incredibly astounded to report that we beat those numbers by more than double. As a matter of fact, we came just six registrants shy of making this the largest Firecracker Run in chamber history!”

At final count on Saturday, 194 individuals had registered for the holiday-themed run.

“I can honestly say with 100 percent certainty, these numbers are thanks to our premier sponsors, Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy and Jerry’s Fireworks. They worked so hard and contributed so much time, effort and money to this event to make it the success that it became.

“Not only did they both contribute major sponsorship dollars to help fund the event, but they also supplied Cardinal’s baseball tickets and goodies, a $500 fireworks package and various other smaller giveaway items to our participants. And they helped us to make the event known by getting the word out. They have just been phenomenal to work with.”

Coleman also said thanks is due to the Park Hills Police Department and the St. Francois County Ambulance District for assisting with the event. She said there were a few concerns about overheating, but the first responders on scene jumped into action and prevented anyone from being seriously affected.

Coleman additionally thanked the event volunteers, the Central School District, t-shirt sponsors, Jason Loughary, Jeremy Leach, the Park Hills Boy Scout Troop and the runners and walkers who turned out and made the event the success that it was.

Those running for time were divided into the 5K and 1-mile, and further divided into applicable age groups.

The best overall male time in the 5K was Tim Landry, with a time of 17:58, while the best overall female time was Kara Hovick with a time of 24:02.

In the ten and under male category, Noah Wells took first, Brady Wells took second and James Patton took third. In the ten and under female category, Ella Scott took first.

In the 11 to 14 male category, Coby Gilbert took first, David Coroama took second and Drew Christopher took third. In the 11 to 14 female category, Addison Griggs took first, Adalynne Mann took second and Sydney Cash took third.

In the 15 to 19 male category, Cameron Stevens took first, Thomas Lee took second and Cody Moore took third. In the 15 to 19 female category, Kara Hovick took first, Mikayla Sherrill took second and Barbara Rojas took third.

In the 20 to 29 male category, Tim Landry took first, Samuel Toppins took second and Josh Mullins took third. In the 20 to 29 female category, Kayleigh Jacobs took first, Megan Connor took second and Kelsey Thompson took third.

In the 30 to 39 male category, Curtis Walter took first, Tommy Sampson took second and Josh Koening took third. In the 30 to 39 female category, Amanda Sampson took first, Tabatha Thurman took second and Tirenna Mann took third.

In the 40 to 49 male category, Robert Bosch took first, Daniel Cuneio took second and Jordan Stone took third. In the 40 to 49 female category, Julie Herr took first, Carrie Weiss took second and Michele Smith took third.

In the 50 and up male category, William Allen took first, Richard Dore took second and Calvin Malloy took third. In the 50 and up female category, Lois Orr took first, Angela Mullet took second and Lawana Starkey took third.

In the 1-mile run, Colton Wooldridge recorded the best overall male time at 4:50, while Jamie Harrel recorded the best overall female time at 7:56.

In the ten and under male category, Liam Harrel took first, Brody Mount took second and Lane Warden took third. In the ten and under female category, Gracie Rich took first.

In the 11 to 14 female category, Nora Umfleet took first. There were no entrants in the 11 to 14 male category or the 15 to 19 male or female categories.

In the 20 to 29 male category, Colton Wooldridge took first and Tim Landry took second. In the 20 to 29 female category, Scarlet Barron took first, Molly Umfleet took second and Emily Stroup took third.

In the 30 to 39 male category, Cody Christopher took first and Bryan Mount took second. In the 30 to 39 female category, Jamie Harrel took first, Beth Boyer took second and Renee Cook took third.

In the 40 to 49 male category, Allen Rich took first. In the 40 to 49 female category, Michelle Smith took first, Michelle Caples took second and Shelly Proffer took third.

In the 50 and up male category, David Gray took first. In the 50 and up female category, Julie Reese took first, Debbie Mount took second and Beth Mell took third.

Saturday's 15th Annual Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Firecracker Run saw rejuvenated registration, with chamber officials giving the credit to the event's new sponsors.

Saturday’s 15th Annual Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Firecracker Run saw rejuvenated registration, with chamber officials giving the credit to the event’s new sponsors.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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