2010 Firecracker 5K Draws Over 100 Runners
Warm, sunny weather was on hand for the more than 100 runners who participated in the 2010 Fourth of July Firecracker 5K race which has become a highlight of Andover’s July 4th Celebration activities. The race, held on the rail trail and sponsored by the Andover Fourth of July Committee and the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County, started at Blackwater Park at 9 AM. The majority of the runners were from the area, but runners from as far away as Louisville, Kentucky, Wichita, Kansas and Las Vegas, Nevada competed for prize money and the gold, silver and bronze spikes that were awarded to the top three finishers in each age group.
Triathete Michael Hoffman of Rochester, New York won the race with a time of 17:53 and the first place prize of $50. He edged out local runner Ross Young of Andover by 3 seconds in an exciting finish. The $50 prize for the top female finisher went to Manchester Central High School teacher Stephanie Burnham of Manchester, New Hampshire with a time of 19:27.
Golden spike winners were:
12 and Under: Male – Marc Roy of Northfield, NH (20:23)
12 and Under Female –Madeleine Carroll of Andover, NH (33:04)
13-18: Male –Kyle Wiley of Andover, NH (19:19)
13-18: Female – Alice Darling of Louisville, KY (26:20)
19-29: Male – Michael Hoffman of Rochester, NY (17:53)
19-29: Female – Stephanie Burnham of Manchester, NH (19:27)
30-39: Male – Ross Young of Andover, NH (17:56)
30-39: Female – Bonnie Cruz of Springfield, NH (21:30)
40-49: Male – Timothy Esler of Oradell, NJ (19:24)
40-49: Female – Colleen Roy of Northfieldld, NH (23:26)
50 and Over: Male – Brian Savage of West Roxbury, MA (18:58)
50 and Over: Female – Gabbie Black of Hanover, NH (21:12)
The race, which helps fund trail work by the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County, was well received by racers due to the fine weather and the hard work of race volunteers.
#78 Michael Hoffman in the lead
The Race Clock
#78 Michael Hoffman being congratulated by race organizer, Tom Frantz