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Sportspectrum Firecracker 5k Race for Research

Saturday July 4th, 2020

Shreveport, LA

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 Welcome to the 37th Anniversary of the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5k Race for Research Run & Healthwalk. This coming July 3rd, our Nation’s Birthday promises to be celebrated with a special passion and purpose by Americans from coast to coast. The 37th 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, Clark, Matt, Jeff, Mike, David, and John! And thank you Charlotte for the 33 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.  

Below on your official entry form, you will find an area where you can make a donation to 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.


This year there are two separate divisions for the 5k -

Competitive 5k and Non-Competitive 5k

Please make sure you sign up for the correct division.

Competitive 5k - This division is for those runners that are competing for a Firecracker Mug. This division will start at 8:00 a.m.

Competitive males should be able to finish the 5k in under 23 minutes...females in under 29 minutes


Non-Competitive 5k - This division is for the rest of the field that is just out to have a good time and are not worried about trying to win a mug. You will still get a finishing time.This division will start at 8:02 a.m.


5k Registration:
$20 thru June 1
$25 June 2 thru June 25
$30 June 26 thru July 2
(online registration closes at 2:00 p.m. on July 2)

Race day    $40.00

Kids 1/2 mile fun run:
$12.00 until July 2

Race day   $15.00
Date:  Saturday Morning, July 3, 2021


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:  Below are the packet pick dates and times at Sportspectrum, 6970 Fern Avenue.

Saturday June 26th - 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday June 27th - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday June 28th through Friday July 2nd - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Race Day Registration & Check-In:  Mall St. Vincent parking lot behind Sears, 7:00—7:45 AM race day check-in.  You may register race day, but we recommend early registration to guarantee T-shirt.  Race day Registration is $40.00.











Sound, Music Mix, Emcee & Entertainment Coordinator/Sponsor:  B. WOODROW NESBITT, JR.






Port-a-lets: Port-a-lets will be separated 20’ apart from each other. Hand sanitizer will be accessible outside each port-a-let.


We will have numerous sanitizing stations available throughout the venue.


Awards: Checks will be mailed to the top 2 overall male/ female finishers. That way the winners do not have to hang around until everyone is done.

The top overall 101 male and 100 female runners will be awarded “The Mug” after you cross the finish line.


Covid-19 Guidelines: The 2021 Firecracker 5k will follow the COVID-19 guidelines that are in place at the time of the race. Once we get a clear understanding of what those guidelines will be, we update our website and inform all involved.


Post Party:  Catered fixins by Clark's’ Tailgate Catering, fresh fruit from Santa Maria Produce, ice cold Great Raft Beer, Ozarka Ice cold water, & Rhino Coffee.


We want our running/ walking community to have a good time, but it is extremely important that people remain cognizant of what is going on. Keep practicing social distancing measures that you have been using the past year. We want to demonstrate that some events can begin to happen if they are done the right way!



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 6970 Fern Ave., Shreveport, LA 71105

Monday June 28th, thru Friday July 2nd from 10:00—6:00.


Race Day Registration & Check-In:  Mall St. Vincent parking lot behind Sears, 7:00—7:45 AM race day check-in.  You may register race day, but we recommend early registration to guarantee T-shirt.  Race day Registration is $40.00.



Race Day Entertainment Galore!  Enjoy the BWN LTD./Sportspectrum 12 speaker stereo sound system! ●  Judge Woody’s famous FIRECRACKER-RACE MUSIC! ●  Pre-race toe tappin’ C & W and ROCK PATRIOTIC TUNES!  ●  A ROUSING RACE START program with PATRIOTIC TUNES, LIVE, NOT DEAD SINGERS, BEACH BALLS and the 1812 Overture Finale!  ●  MUSIC SURPRISES ON THE COURSE!  ● IN THE FINISH CHUTE the WORLD’S BEST PATRIOTIC FINISHING MUSIC!! 


Awards:  First 101 Men and First 100 Female Finishers will be awarded a 37th Anniversary Commemorative Mug. No age group trophies will be awarded, just come out and have fun!  A great way to start your July 3rd activities. Come out and get the prized mug for your post race celebration.


$2500.00 in Prize Money to be won!

Overall Male & Female Winner Win $500.00 each!

Overall runner-up Male & Female winners win $250.00 each!


Beat the course record and Win an additional $500!!

Course Records

Men’s 2014       Ben Chesars        14:38                   Women 2020         Taylor Dare          16:43


Baby Joggers:  Strollers, wagons, baby joggers, and any hand pushed or pulled vehicle will be allowed on the course, but at a walk pace capacity only.  Absolutely NO in-line skates, roller skates or runners with baby strollers will be allowed on run course. This rule is an RRCA regulation!


WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!  If you would like to be a volunteer in any capacity before, during, or after the race, please call Matt McVicar at 798.1241 or send your name and phone number to [email protected] Subject: Firecracker Volunteer.

Race Distances

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Start Location

Mall St. Vincent, Shreveport, LA

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