Firecracker 5000 attracts 100s of runners to scenic riverfront on Fourth of July

41st Firecracker 5000 on the Fourth of July
41st Firecracker 5000 on the Fourth of July(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 7:23 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The beauty of the Peoria Riverfront greeted 360 runners on the Fourth of July morning for the Peoria Jaycees’ Firecracker 500.

It was the 41st year for the event in which participants ran or walked five kilometers, which is equal to 3.1 miles, in Downtown Peoria.

Firecracker 5000
Firecracker 5000(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)

Part of the proceeds for the event goes to the Maggie Bertram Foundation that brings more fine arts opportunities into schools.

“So great to be back out and have people here in person, said Ronni Stalter, who’s the co-chair for the Firecracker 5000.

“The energy is just so different than anything we’ve had in the past few years, so it’s really good to have people back at races and events downtown.” Stalter said.

The first woman to finish the race was Laura Gann of Peoria, who ran the distance is just over 19 minutes.

The first man to cross the finish line was Thomas Harmon of Brimfield, who completed the five kilometers in just over 17 minutes.

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