Posted: Apr 16, 2014 2:29 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2017 11:19 AM
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
Mall St. Vincent (Sears Parking Lot)
Welcome to the 33rd Anniversary of the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5k Race for
Research Run & Healthwalk. This coming July 4th, our Nation's Birthday promises to
be celebrated with a special passion and purpose by Americans from coast to coast.
The 33rd running also brings a special milestone to myself and this great run. The
year was 1985, Springlake Point Apartments, and about 45 weekend warriors took
the streets of Springlake to run the first Annual Firecracker. Scott Smith was our
first overall male with a time of 15:37 and Terry Davis won the ladies crown in 19:00
flat. It has been a great ride and a lot of fun sharing my July 4th with all my
favorite friends. Special thanks to my family who does not know a holiday without a
run! Thanks to Lamar and Peggy, who watch each year from above. Thank you Woody
who makes the morning come alive with patriotic music. Thanks to Ann and Weldon,
Tom, Clark, Matt, Jeff, Mike, David, Brenda and John! And thank you Charlotte for
the 28 fun filled Firecracker memories we have shared together.
Thanks so much to our title Sponsor, Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation. We
are excited about combining Race for Research with our Firecracker 5K and look
forward to an exciting long-term partnership. 80% of Americans experience back
pain or spine disease. It is one of the most debilitating health problems that we
face. The Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit
organization whose mission is to improve current spine treatments and develop new
ones through innovative research. Thousands of patients in the Ark-La-Tex have
directly benefited as a result of the research that is done through the Foundation.
The Spine Institute of Louisiana has received International recognition from the
research performed at its research Foundation. Donations directly benefit spine
research at the Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation.
All contributors of $10 or greater will be given a special I've Got Your Back Pin to
be worn proudly on race day. Proceeds benefit Spine Research.
This race is also being run in the memory of three great friends. Ran Kiper, Jim
Wilhite, & Robin Fell. They all had a passion for the great outdoors, from a Saturday
morning jog with "the group" to a competitive half-marathon down on the Riverfront.
They were all leaders, giving their time and resources to organizations and
individuals in need. They loved their families and friends, and were committed to
living life to its fullest -I miss you guys!!
The 1996 Firecracker 5K was Ran Kiper's last foot race. The following day he was
diagnosed with cancer and passed away that September. Men's mug #101 is in
memory of Ran Kiper.
$2000.00 in Prize Money to be won!
Overall Male & Female Winner Win $500 each!
Beat the course record and Win an additional $500!!
Entry Fee: $15.00!! This includes the 2017 33rd Anniversary Tech Tee.
Pre-register to guarantee your t-shirt.
Pre-registration is $15.00 on or before June 1, 2017.
Mailed entries must be postmarked June 1 or before to be accepted as a $15.00 entry.
Registration between June 2, 2017 & June 27 will be $20.00.
June 28, 2017 - July 3 is $25.00 (online registration closes on June 28th @ 7:00
Race Day Registration is $30.00.
Please mail entries Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K, 6970 Fern, Shreveport, LA
Starting Time: 5K Run, Healthwalk, & Stroll - 8:00AM
Fun run: 7:30am. All kids participating in the 1/2 mile fun run will be awarded a
finishers medal. Entry fee for Kid's Fun Run (ages 10 & under) is $12.00 and will
include an Official Race t-shirt.
(DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SIGN UP, KIDS FUN RUN
SHIRTS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200)
Course Description: 5K (3.1 miles) will start and finish at Mall St. Vincent Parking
Lot (directly behind Sears) Race will proceed through historic South Highland
Subdivision, one of Shreveport's oldest & most beautiful neighborhoods.
A scenic and challenging road race for runners, walkers, and sightseers.
Early Packet Pickup: Race packets may be picked up at Sportspectrum starting -
Wednesday, June 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.,
Thursday June 29th from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.,
Friday, June 30th from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday, July 1st from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.,
Sunday July 2nd from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Monday, July 3rd from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Race Day Registration & Check-In: Mall St. Vincent parking lot behind Sears,
7:00-7:55 AM race day check-in. You may register race day, but we recommend
early registration to guarantee T-shirt. Race day Registration is $30.00.
Health Expo: A variety of Exhibitors will be on site providing screenings and
information related to neck and back injury prevention, spine wellness, achieving and
maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and spine surgical and non-surgical treatments. If
you are interested in being an Exhibitor on Race Day, please contact the Research
Department at the Spine Institute of Louisiana - 629-6339