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.