Still a Runner

A Blog by Mary Lou Harris

5Ks and Independence Day – Perfect Together

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No shirts in my size, so this gentleman agreed to a photo. Thanks!

Warming up on a side street July 4th morning, I wondered how many 5Ks were being held across the country that very morning. I love that running is incorporated into the celebration activities in so many communities, with a distance that includes runners and walkers and easily accommodates a kid’s run. In thousands of towns and cities across the country, generations of families, local onlookers and groups of friends are out in the early morning summer sunshine.  

That festive spirit was evident in Springfield South Dakota where I participated in their Firecracker 5K put together by the Bon Homme Running Club.

Preceded by the Bull-arama and a street dance a day earlier, photorevelers were up early to begin another day of celebratory activities.

The Firecracker course was slighter longer than 5K to capture the most scenic route around town, with shaded streets, overlooks and the boat basin.  

Scenic Overlook on 5K Route - Lewis and Clark Lake/Missouri River

Scenic Overlook on Firecracker  5K Route – Lewis and Clark Lake/Missouri River

The oldest AG award was 40 and over, so no chance of medaling for this 60+ runner, but no matter.  I had a great time. 

The day continued on with hot dogs and other goodies at the town park.
Then, early evening brought a frog jumping contest raising funds for local activities.  Finally, the long-awaited fireworks.

How best to spend a July 4th evening?  photoSitting in the back of my Aunt’s red pickup, watching fireworks light the sky over the Missouri River. 

Which brings us to how I happened to be spending my 4th of July in this wonderful town. My firecracker of an aunt has a birthday near the 4th, so I joined a chorus of others who came to help her celebrate.  

Happy 90th Birthday, Aunt Loraine.

Happy 90th Birthday, Aunt Loraine.

I hope your summer running and celebrations are as fun-filled and meaningful.

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2 Comments»

  Our Life In 3D wrote @

we can run for many causes or charities but its great runs like this that turn into ‘event’s that make it really fun and worthwhile. 🙂

  Still a Runner wrote @

Yes. I believe that a portion of the proceeds of the 5K were planned to help offset fireworks costs. This community’s fireworks display draws people from across the county and beyond.


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