Over 300 runners and walkers took part in the 2017 Manistee Firecracker 5K. The annual race, held July 1st this year, saw Brayden Law from Ft. Wayne beat defending champ Donald Richmond of Portland, MI, to set a new course record in 15:38, bettering Richmond's time of 16:15. Shawn Bell of Sturgis (16:44) and Eric Quinn of Onekama (17:01 - top master) followed behind.
Manistee HS runner Noelle Fink narrowly edged out MHS grad Ashley Lindeman for the women's title, 20:03 to 20:04. Another Manistee HS runner, Olivia Holtgren, was the 3rd woman finisher in 21:36. Kim Poma of Manistee took the top masters' spot in 23:19.
Thanks to the following sponsors for helping support this great event:
Parkdale Animal Hospital
Callesen Wealth Management
Dynamic Physical Therapy
Dr. Veach and Dr. Allen Optometry
Dr. Marian Fuller
The Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run is set this year for Saturday, July 1st, at 8am. This year we have exciting news - our new track is nearly a reality! In fact, it should be almost finished by race day! This race has been supporting the construction of a new track in Manistee for over a decade, and we are almost there. (Thanks to Doug Bell for the picture of the new track construction below.)
Come out and join us in the 5K, and help support our new community track! Yes, we will have t-shirts once again for all participants. With a 1K fun run too, any age can participate.
The 2016 Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K was the best ever! Almost 150 runners and walkers hit the streets of Manistee in the 9th annual race.
The overall winner of the race was Ginger Breadman, finishing with a time of 17:41. Breadman (also known as John Lipa) finished ahead of Elliot Kamaloski, who was 2nd in 19:06. Noelle Fink was the first woman in 21:52, just 2 seconds ahead of Olivia Holtgren.
Top walkers were Ed Zimmerman (39:30) and Amy Madsen (42:16).
The race was held as a fundraiser for the Manistee cross-country program. Between entry fees, donations, and sponsorships organized by Lisa Fragomeli, known as the "Jingle Bell General" of the race, over $4000 was raised for the Manistee XC teams. Thanks for all of your support!
What a great day! Thanks to all that ran and helped out! A fantastic turnout enjoyed nearly perfect conditions for the 2016 Manistee Firecracker 5K! Don Richmond repeated as top finisher (16:29), with David Atkinson the top masters runner (17:33). MHS Track & XC coach Hilary Edmonson was the top female finisher (21:57) with Julie Modjeski the top masters female (22:51). Overall winners got trophies, age group winners took home plaques, while runner-ups got some fancy new medals. All fun runners got a finish medal. Runners enjoyed food and drinks courtesy of Family Fare. Thanks again to our sponsors: Family Fare Callesen Wealth Management Parkdale Animal Hospital Dr. Marian Fuller Sports Ink Drs. Veach & Allen Optometry Lisa Fragomeli Snyder's Shoes