TRUCKEE, Calif. — Organizers are expecting up to 500 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to run in front of thousands of cheering spectators in Truckee’s annual Fourth of July Firecracker Mile.
The Mile is a family fun event on a slightly downhill course starting at US Bank on Donner Pass Road and finishing downtown. More than 100 of last year’s Firecracker Milers were under age 10, and some as young as age 3 even completed the race. Little ones in strollers also are welcome.
For the serious runners, an elite wave starts at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, July 4. The fastest time in 2013 was Nicholas Fresenko of Canton, Ohio, at 4 minutes, 18.1 seconds. In the women’s category, Leigh Moffett of Fresno finished first with a time of 5:04.9, followed by Truckee’s Gabrielle Rinne in 5:13.3.
The second wave of fun runners and walkers will start at 9:55 a.m. Both waves will be timed, and Fourth of July themed running attire is encouraged.
Registration (including online until July 3 by 4 p.m.) is open and can be found at www.truckeefunrun.com. From July 28 to July 3 by 4 p.m., Firecracker Milers can drop off registration forms, entry fees and release waivers at the Pet Station, 11429 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.
Day of registration and bib pick up is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a..m. at the parking lot across from US Bank (10995 Donner Pass Road). Arrive early to find parking and allow time to walk to start line.
Entry fees go up after July 3, so early registration is encouraged. The annual Truckee Fourth of July Parade follows both races at 10 a.m.
The Firecracker Mile is organized by the Auburn Ski Club Training Center and raises funds to support children’s Nordic ski programs in the Truckee, Tahoe and Foothill communities.
On Aug. 2, ASC Training Center will host the 34th annual Squaw Mountain Run which benefits ASCTC junior Nordic programs and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. Learn more at www.squawmountainrun.com.
Volunteers are welcome for both events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 530-426-3313.