Running

Firecracker 5000 run will blaze new path on Hilton Head this 4th of July

mmccombs@islandpacket.comJune 6, 2013 

Runners approach the finish line in the annual Firecracker 5000 race on July 4, 2012, at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. The race will have a new route this year.

DELAYNA EARLEY -- THE ISLAND PACKET

If you've been competing in the Firecracker 5000 over the event's first 27 years, you're in for a change in the 28th year of the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County.

The Publix Hilton Head Firecracker 5000 Run, slated to go off at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 4, with more than 1,600 runners and walkers of all ages, will be staged from Jarvis Creek Park instead of the traditional Shelter Cove Park due to construction at the latter.

"It's a challenge but it's been fun because it's fun to try something different," said race organizer Mark Weisner of Bear Foot Sports. "The last few years, the course has changed a little. This year, it'll change a lot."

The race will start behind Jarvis Creek Park on the Cross Island Parkway and take runners on the Cross Island Parkway, Highway 278, Jarvis Park Road, Natures Way, Pembroke Drive, Hatton Place and Lafayette Place before finishing at the main entrance to Jarvis Creek Park.

According to Weisner, even though most competitors don't sign up until the week of the race, the Firecracker is about 100 entrants ahead of last year's pace.

"I would expect we would have a record crowd," he said.

Organizers tout the event as an Independence Day tradition and a family event. Discounts are offered to groups of eight or more.

A party and July 4th celebration, including a children's fun run, live music, fresh fruit, refreshments, door prizes, a craft beer garden and more, will follow the run.

A percentage of proceeds from the race benefits several local charities including the Hilton Head Rotary Club, the Hilton Head Island High School cross country team and the Hilton Head Runners Club.

Details: Visit www.bearfootsports.com or call 843-757-8520.

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