Patriots on Fire at Firecracker Road Race
Patriots on Fire at Firecracker Road Race ~ By Wendy Mitchell
Three hundred thirty-four contestants began their Fourth of July Monday morning by running at the 46th annual John Demille Firecracker 8K road race. The race began at P.T. Barnum Square and is a fundraiser for The Scotty Fund, a local charity that helps families with children who have life-threatening or critical illness by providing financial and family support.
The event kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with a Kid’s Mini Cracker race, followed by a Family Fun Walk at 8:30 a.m. Runners took their marks at 9:00 a.m. to trek the 8K course through downtown Bethel, following the red-white-and-blue spray-painted arrows on the roads to guide them on their race to the finish.
Newtown’s Kevin Hoyt, 21, took the top spot with a race time of 27:40.
Malika Mejdoub, 29, of Morocco, won first place in the women’s division with a race time of 29:37.
Owner of Bethel Cycle and Fitness, Greg Pelican, took third place overall with a running time of 29:40.
The race was sponsored by Bethel Parks and Rec, Dr. Stanley Kessler, Boylan Chiropractic, Proforma Design, Caraluzzi’s Market, Culligan Water, Woodbridge Running Company, Union Savings Bank, Anderson Plumbing, The Edge Performance Training, Savings Bank of Danbury, Big Y, Bethel Jaycees and Fairway Mechanical Services. All race proceeds go to benefit The Scotty Fund.
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