Fourth of July 5K Races

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time for a 5K. Since July 4th is on Saturday for 2020, it looked like everyone would have an extra day on July 3rd to run a 5K.

With COVID-19 many races have been cancelled or have gone virtual.

Check to see if your local race has gone virtual or has been cancelled and what their refund policy is.

Click on the race title to go to the race web site for registration and additional race details.

Virtual 4th of July

Many races have been cancelled for 2020 and some have gone virtual.

I think the 4th of July was too close to when states started ordering people to self quarantine.  Back in March and April when race directors needed to make the “go or no go” decision there was too much uncertainty.

Virtual races are still new to many runners and race directors probably worried that few runners would sign up.  It was easier and less expensive to simply cancel an event.

Independence run 5K 

Akron, NY | 6PM | CANCELLED?

A USAT&F certified 5K course beginning and ending at Veterans Park

Independence Run 5K, AkronSpecial designed commemorative short sleeve shirts for the first 250 registered participants and Goodie bag  provided by Race sponsors.
Food, Beer, Refreshments, 50-50’s and Awards ceremony immediately following at Veterans Park, Corner of Buell Street & Skyline Drive. Akron NY. FREE access (with race bib).
All proceeds to projects sponsored by The Akron-Newstead Rotary and Akron Lions Club.

Registration $25.00

Pound Ridge 5K

Pound Ridge, NY | Pound Ridge Elementary School  | 9AM | CANCELLED?

Start is at the Pound Ridge Elementary School and it ends at the Pound Ridge Town Park.  There will be music playing and refreshments at the finish.

The Registration will open at 7:30am with the 5K race starting at 9:00am.  The kids races start after the 5K finishes.

Registration $15 Adult, $10 for the kids

LP Miracle Mile

Houlton, ME  | Drake’s Hill on Military Street | 6PM |VIRTUAL

The third running of the Miracle Mile will go to benefit CureSearch and Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation.
In the last two years of racing we have had more than 400 people come to downtown Houlton, ME and help raise over $10,000!
Runners and walkers from all over the state toed the line to race one of the fastest miles New England has to offer.

Now the Miracle Mile can be in your neighborhood!

Montpelier Mile

Montpelier, VT  | 112 State Street  | 6PM – CANCELLED?

As of June 20th, their web site stills says check back for details.

Vermont’s fastest mile! Kick off to Montpelier’s Independence Day Parade! A classic 1 mile race through historic Montpelier in front of thousands of spectators.
After the race enjoy the parade & fireworks! 

Registration $15 adult, $5.00 kids 12 and under – races limited to 300 each.

Fourth of July 5K Races

Virtual Jennifer Tinney Memorial 4th of July Road Race

Boxford, MA  | 1 Elm Street  | 8:00AM | VIRTUAL

Run the 5 Miler or run or walk the 2.5 miler or 1 miler. Truly something for the entire family.  All in the comfort of your own neighborhood or favorite local route!

Registration is $25 for adults and  $20 for children fall all races.

Thomaston 4th of July Annual Firecracker 5K Road Race

Thomaston, ME – Beechwood Street   – 8:30 AM

Race Day Registration (cash only) $25, T-shirt NOT guaranteed.

This race is still an on-ground event!

25th Annual Firecracker 5K Run & Walk

Nantucket  | 10 Young’s Way  | 8:00AM | CANCELLED

Fire Cracker 5K race, Nantucket

A gently rolling course out to Monomy and Back. Race starts and finishes at Nantucket Health Club.

Registration is $25, Race Day Registration is not listed.

They expect 1,000 runners and walkers so I wouldn’t wait to register.

Pittsfield Independence 5K Road Race

Pittsfield, MA  | Wahconah Park  | 9:30AM | CANCELLED

There is no race day registration and it appears that the only option is to down load a form and mail it in. Better get a move on if you want to run this race. Check their web site for additional details.

Friends of the Fourth

Winthrop, ME | 117 Bowdoin St.  | 8AM | VIRTUAL RACE

Previously, after a loop through downtown Winthrop, most of the course followed the beautiful eastern shore of Maranacook Lake.

A family-friendly tradition that you can run at home this year, all proceeds go towards the conservation of the Cobbossee Watershed.

Glen Rock 9/11 Tribute Run 5K/2K Jr.

Glen Rock, NJ  | Veterans Park   | 9AM | CANCELLED

Race Day Registration $25 for each race

A 5k run and 2k Junior Run through the beautiful streets of Glen Rock.  Athletes will enjoy running the 4th of July Parade route prior to the start of the parade and then get to stick around to enjoy the parade itself.

Proceeds go to benefit G.R.A.C.E.  An organization set up after 911 to provide assistance to family members of those who died in the terrorist attacks.  Today, G.R.A.C.E. continues its hard work by maintaining the 911 Memorial in town, and providing scholarship funds to High School Seniors in memory of Glen Rock’s eleven victims.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend with friends and family. Check out one of the Third or Fourth of July 5K races!

Andy

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Happy 4th of July!

Here in Boston we had our fireworks last night.

With Hurricane Arthur barreling up the coast, the organizers of The Boston Pops 4th of July Celebration decided to move the show to July 3rd. My daughter had friends over and they watched some of it on TV. When it was time for the fireworks they even let me hang out with them. As long as I was quiet!

Due to a different storm closing in on Boston at 50mph, they cancelled the 1812 Overture and moved the fireworks display up by about an hour. This was around 9:30PM, so I think they moved it less than the news casters thought. When they announced that the 1812 Overture was being cancelled, the crowd actually booed! The announcer joked, “quiet down kids or do I have to pull this party over to the side of the road?” Who hasn’t heard Dad say that at least a 100 times during childhood trips?

The display went on for what seemed like an hour. We could hear it from our house but could only see it on TV. While the display was going off, we were also seeing lightning in our area. After the fireworks ended we went out onto the deck to watch the lightning. The kids had a good time taking pictures and being kids. The lightening was spectacular.

4th of july,storm
July 3rd lightning

This photo shows how difficult it is to get a photo of lightning. By the time you press the button, the sky has gone dark again.

As we watched we could feel the wind, which meant the front was headed our way. As the lighting drew closer the wind picked up. Then all of a sudden the skies opened up. We all ran inside and looked at the rain blowing sideways. The people in Boston made a good decision. If they had waited, the fireworks may have been cancelled and people certainly would have been caught out in the open. It turned out that the crowd had about a 20 minute window to get off of the Esplanade.

The rain came down so fast that  our drain over flowed and we got some water in the garage. While the lightning was firing away like a Blitzkrieg, I was running around the driveway setting up our sump pump. I was getting pelted by the rain and the thunder and lightning were intense. I was a little worried about taking a hit or getting electrocuted while standing in the water connecting hoses.

The rain ended as abruptly as it began after about 20 minutes of intensity. The kids went home and I watched the lightning show out the back door of our house. Between the fireworks and the lightening, it was a spectacular show.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Andy