Rotary Club Firecracker 5K returns
In 1989 the Firecracker 5K was the brainchild of the Swain County track team coach, as a fundraiser for the team. Like in a relay race, the race was passed like a baton, from Coach to Coach, from group to group. This is the 30th running of the Firecracker 5K in Bryson City. For the past five years, the Rotary Club of Bryson City has been running the race as a funding source for the Swain County Imagination Library raising over $3,000 each year to help the literacy program.
The Imagination Library provides, at no charge and regardless of income, age appropriate books for Swain County children from birth to 5 years old but must be funded by local sponsors. The program currently has over 375 children receiving books. The number of children in the program, as well as the cost, varies from month to month. The programs costs are about $9600 per year. This race will cover about approximately 4 months of the program.
The race has averaged 175 to 200 participants in the past 5 years. The Rotary Club anticipates a record number of participants this year.
Medals are awarded to the top three male and female runners in each age group and awards are given to the overall male and female winner of the race. A special medal is given to the oldest and youngest runners as well.
Records show that Jesse Norman ran the record time of 14:50 in 2006. The winning time in 2018 was 16:47 by Tyler White of Cullowhee. Register online: wwwrunsignup.com//BrysonCityFirecracker5K. Runners may also register the day of. The race begins and ends at Riverfront Park on Mitchell Street.