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Firecracker 5k Kicks off the 4th Celebration!

by Bella Caggiano
For runners, The Norwood Firecracker is not just the kick-off to the infamous 4th of July celebration, it is an athletic tradition that many look forward to all year long. Just before the Town streets are filled with floats, bands, and local organizations, runners take advantage of cheering spectators to push to the finish line in the 5k road race. 
At 5 p.m., just prior to the infamous parade, their start signal goes off from the Town Common and runners of all ages, locally and from surrounding towns, join in on the 3.1 mile course, with two water stops, that stretches through Washington St. lined with parade fans.
Prizes are awarded for the top three runners within gender and age categories and t-shirts are given to the first 125 registered runners. 
For more information or to register, contact race coordinator Jim Henry at 617-610-0084, email [email protected], or visit Entry fee is $25 with pre-registration or $30 the day of the race. 
Unlike many other local races, Norwood streets are filled with thousands of parade spectators to cheer and encourage runners throughout the entire challenging course. Directly following the race, Norwood’s infamous 4th of July Parade begins! What better way to celebrate America’s independence?