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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Firecracker 5K and Kids Fun Run Kicks Off 4th of July Celebration

The Campbell County YMCA will host its annual Fourth of July Firecracker 5K and Kids Fun Run on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2014.

The race course begins in Tower Park, heads to Highlands High School, then returns to Tower Park, where cash, gift cards, trophies and medals will be presented to top performers in various age groups. 

Those who pre-register will receive a race T-shirt; same day registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race steps off at 8:15 a.m. Participants, ages 12 and over, are encouraged to register online.

All entries in the one mile kids race (for those under the age of 12) will receive a participation ribbon; registration for the kids run begins at 7:40 a.m. 

“This year, we’re asking race participants to wear something patriotic,” event organizer and YMCA of Campbell/Kenton County Executive Director Dana Ensley said. “Entire families take part in this event together and have a lot of fun. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we see a mini Lady Liberty or an Uncle Sam lacing up his shoes to take part.”

Prizes will be awarded to the most patriotic participants. 

Online registration costs $22. Pre-registration by mail, or in person at the Campbell County YMCA, located at 1437 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, cost $25. Registration on the day of the race costs $30. 

After the race, enjoy the annual Fort Thomas Independence Day Parade that steps off at 10:30 a.m.; the parade theme this year is Investing in Education and the Community.

The grand marshalls for the parade are Chuck and Mary Lou Smith Keller.

Keller estimated he has taught over 4,000 students in his 34-years as an educator, most spent at Highland High School. Mary Lou is a life-long resident of Ft. Thomas and works for Great American Insurance Company; she is a frequent participant in local 5K races. The couple, married 30-years, are Ft. Thomas residents, active in their community, and supporters of numerous charities. 

For more information about the YMCA Firecracker 5K and Kids Fun Run, visit the website  or call 859-781-1814.

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