The Annual Wall Firecracker 5 Mile Race is set for Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Wall Municipal Complex in Wall, N.J. located at 2700 Allaire Road in the township.
The 5 mile race is a popular one at the shore. It always attracts a large and competitive field as well as recreational runners sporting the red, white and blue.
The day’s events start at 8:35 a.m. with the 5 mile run and walk. This year there will only be the 5 mile event with everyone stating at 8:35 a.m. including walkers and runners.
The race starts on Allaire Road in front of the Municipal Complex and meanders through the township roads which are closed to traffic. The finish is inside the complex where lots of snacks and refreshments will be waiting for the participants. Awards are presented to overall winners as well as the top three in 5 year age groups. Special awards are presented to the first Wall Township finishers male and female.
Coming in first overall last year and for the men was Mark Rochon of Downington, Pa. in a time of 27:21. He was followed by Brian Kayser of Charlottesville, Va. in 29:58 and then Pat Ford of Neptune in 30:20.
For the women it was Bronwayn Oleary of Cliffwood Beach in a time of 33:18 followed by Denise Clark of Wall in 33:52and then Amanda Scheer also of Wall in 34:02.
The summer racing season is really heating up and lots of events to look forward to in the next few weeks including:
Tuesday June 24 through July 15 - 1 Mile at 6:30 PM, 5K at 6:45 PM, Ocean Running Club Summer Series, Winding River Park, Toms River, N.J.
Wednesday June 25 and continues on July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Freehold Area Running Club Summer Series, Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, N.J.
Thursday, July 10, 17, 5K Half Mile and 1 Mile, JSRC Summer Series Week 4, Wall, N.J.
Tuesday, July 1, 6 pm, Beginner's Run Class, Spring Lake - Wall, N.J.
Thursday, July 3, One Mile at 6 pm, 5 miles at 6:30 p.m. Miles For Matlosz, Lakewood, N.J.
Friday, July 4, 8:35 a.m. 5 Miles, Wall Firecracker 5, Wall, N.J.
Sunday, July 6, 8:30 a.m. Top Gun Firecracker 5K, Deal, N.J.
Sunday, July 13, 5k, Great Santa Run/Walk and Kris Kringle 1 Mile Kids Dash, Barnegat, N.J.
Wednesday, July 16, 5K, LBP 5K, Lavalette, N.J.
Saturday, July 19, Half Marathon Training Begins, Spring Lake, N.J.
Saturday, July 19, 7 a.m..12 - 15 Miles, Marathon Training Run #1, Spring Lake, N.J.
Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m. 2 mile Run and 300 yard swim, 34th Annual Ocean Grove Biathlon, Ocean Grove, N.J.
Saturday, July 19, 8:30 a.m. 5K and 1 Mile, Jack Rafter 5K, Tinton Falls, N.J.
Saturday, July 19, 5K, Team Gov 5K, Allenhurst, N.J.
More events can be found on The Race Calendar.