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KLICK! - Thousands participate in Nisswa Firecracker Run

Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal Nisswa Firecracker Run participants take part in the crawfish boil at the end of the race outside the Nisswa Community Center.1 / 6
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal The Slip'n Slide at the end of the Nisswa Firecracker Run is popular with kids.2 / 6
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal Nisswa Firecracker Run participants celebrate at the finish line.3 / 6
Runners dressed as Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty near the finish line of the Nisswa Firecracker Run on Saturday, July 7, at the Nisswa Community Center. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal4 / 6
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal Kids have fun playing in the bubble machine at the Nisswa Firecracker Run on Saturday, July 7.5 / 6
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal The first 5K runner crosses the finish line at the Nisswa Firecracker Run.6 / 6

Thousands of runners and walkers - around 2,200 - lined up on Main Street in Nisswa on a sunny Saturday morning, July 7, to participate in the ninth annual Nisswa Firecracker Run.

Racers and their families filled the Nisswa Community Center grounds after the race, where children enjoyed a Slip'n Slide and colored bubble machine while adults sampled the traditional free Pabst beer and crawfish boil.

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The Firecracker Run, with the hashtag #runupnorth, traditionally starts with runner Andrea Schutz singing the national anthem. She has only missed one year of racing and singing. A firecracker is lit and the race is on, with 10K participants going first, followed by several waves of 5K racers.

The fun run/walk ends at the community center, where post-race events take place. Not all racers opted to be timed. For a list of those who were timed, visit nisswafirecrackerrun.itsyourrace.com.

Next year's event will be Saturday, July 6, 2019.

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