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Runners, volunteers sought for Firecracker Run

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries hosts the 35th annual Firecracker Run, presented by Mercy, on Thursday, July 4.

The USTAF certified race will begin at 7 a.m. and consist of a 10K, 5K and a 1 Mile Fun Run. Registration is open at FirecrackerRun.net.

The Firecracker festivities pop off at 6 a.m. at CarShield Field, 900 Hughes Blvd., with a business expo and family fun area. All runners will complete the race over home plate and will be greeted with premium access to the Runners Only Area with refreshing drinks and food donated by O’Fallon area businesses.

It takes about 200 volunteers to successfully staff the run. Volunteers receive an event T-shirt, breakfast and parking for the city’s Heritage & Freedom Festival. Volunteers can register at FirecrackerRun.net.

“This year’s Firecracker Run is about bringing our community and families together. We encourage all to come out and kick start their Fourth of July with our expo, mascots and runners only area,” said Kathy Duck, president & CEO of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries.

Following the race, the 2019 Heritage & Freedom Fest presented by the city of O’Fallon takes place. Featured are a parade, fireworks, carnival amusements and free concerts by Filmore, Walker Hayes, Noah Guthrie, Gabby Barrett, Queens Blvd., Apex Shrine and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.

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