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Are you a runner or possibly a 'slogger' as my friend Hillary likes to say? This year's annual Firecracker 5K over the 4th of July holiday looks like it'll be Shreveport's biggest race yet with organizers expecting over 3,000 runners. Here's everything you need to know about getting signed up for Shreveport's legendary Firecracker 5k!

What makes the Firecracker 5k so special?

Obviously, it happens over the 4th of July holiday and participants generally dress patriotically, but the real reason why the Firecracker 5k is so well known is that it's run during one of the hottest times of the year and the hills are BRUTAL. However, the race is still a ton of fun and friendly residents are happy to spray you down with hoses, sprinklers, water guns, you name it!

The 39th Annual Firecracker 5k Race for Research Run and Healthwalk is ready to take runners on a tour of Shreveport's historic South Highlands neighborhood on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, starting at 8 am at Mall St. Vincent. Don't worry, I'm using the term 'runner' loosely because there will be plenty of sloggers like me getting lapped by people with strollers. Don't judge me.

Festivities at the Firecracker 5k include live music, food and drinks, and the ceremonial start. New this year is a brass band at the water stop and after-party!

Partial proceeds from the event will benefit The Spine Institute of Louisiana Foundation. The Spine Institute is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and its mission is to improve current spine treatments and develop new ones through innovative research.

To get the full listing of events, find out how to donate, how to volunteer, and how to sign up for the Sportspectrum Firecracker 5K Race for Research 2023, click here.

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