Sunday, May 26, 2024

Firecracker 5K celebrates 39th anniversary on July 4

by BIZ Magazine

Sportspectrum is happy to announce the 39th Anniversary of the Firecracker 5k Race for Research Run & Healthwalk. This coming July 4th, our Nation’s Birthday promises to be celebrated with a special passion and purpose by Americans from coast to coast.

The festivities will include live music, great food and drinks, and the ceremonial starting. This year there we be an additional water stop sponsored by On, and The Edge PT will be handing out cooled water towels on the course. A brass band will be added to the water stop and after party. The additions should bring even more excitement to the always entertaining Firecracker 5k. 

Our Title Sponsor is the Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation. We are excited about combining Race for Research with our Firecracker 5K and look forward to an exciting long-term partnership. 80% of Americans experience back pain or spine disease. It is one of the most debilitating health problems that we face. The Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve current spine treatments and develop new ones through innovative research. Thousands of patients in the Ark-La-Tex have directly benefited as a result of the research that is done through the Foundation. The Spine Institute of Louisiana has received International recognition from the research performed at its research Foundation. Donations directly benefit spine research at the Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation. 

This race is also being run in the memory of three great friends. Ran Kiper, Jim Wilhite, & Robin Fell. They all had a passion for the great outdoors, from a 

Saturday morning jog with “the group” to a competitive half-marathon down on the Riverfront. They were all leaders, giving their time and resources to organizations and individuals in need. 

“Firecracker strikes the perfect balance of competitive running and family fun. Every year I fight to get a mug, and regardless, I have a great time with friends and family after the race.” Andrew Gaspard, avid runner and Sportspectrum Owener 

“Sprinklers, Popsicles, Music, Front Yard Gatherings, American Flags, The Southfield School Water Stop have all become staples to Shreveport’s largest road race. These elements truly make this a race for all ages and fitness levels.” Matt Snyder Firecracker participant 

“We look forward to continuing the incredible traditions that might the firecracker 5k the historic event it is while adding new features that bring fresh excitement for all participants.” Andrew Gaspard, Sportspectrum owner 

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