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Registration still open for Brentwood's Firecracker 5K

| Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

The packet pickup schedule is set for the 34th annual Brentwood Firecracker 5K Run.

Race packets can be picked up June 30 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), July 1 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and July 2 (12 p.m.-5 p.m.) at the Pro Bike & Run stores in South Hills, Monroeville and Robinson; and July 3 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) at Pro Bike & Run in Robinson.

The 5K race, which begins and ends at Brentwood Towne Square on Brownsville Road, annually kicks off Brentwood's Fourth of July festivities. The race will start at 9 a.m. July 4.

The Firecracker Run is one of the largest 5K events in Western Pennsylvania; there were more than 2,000 participants last year. This year's event will be capped at 2,500 entries.

Parking is limited for the race; shuttle service to and from the event will be available this year.

Shuttle buses will run from Baldwin High School, as well as from Holy Trinity Cathedral and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches, located across the street from the high school, and up the hill.

“We will be offering shuttle buses from Baldwin High School and the churches right across the street,” Kira Kellner, 5K race director, said. “Buses will go directly to Brentwood Towne Square the morning of the race, and take runners back. This service is being provided by the owners of Brentwood Town Square Echo Realty.

“The shuttle service is something we are really trying to promote, as it's going to get cramped in Towne Square. And with businesses being open, we're being asked to direct people to park elsewhere. It's free, and not just for runners. Families can join, as well.”

This year's race is being held in memory of Maureen Cunningham and Ken Lockhart.

Registration is open at www.brentwood5k.com. Online registration will remain open until 15 minutes prior to the start of the race

Entry forms also are available at the Brentwood Library, located at 3501 Brownsville Road. The registration fee now is $25. For junior racers (11 and under), the fee now is $15.

Runners travel from across the country to participate in the Brentwood Firecracker. States that will be represented at this year's event include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia West Virginia.

“We also have a registered runner from Belgium,” Kellner said.

As for awards, trophies and cash prizes will be presented to the top three males and females, and to the top male and female finishers in the masters division (ages 40-plus). Trophies also will be awarded to the first male and female runners from Brentwood, and to the top three in each age division.

There also will be music, refreshments and door prizes; plus a $500 grand prize in a random drawing.

For questions or more information, email info@brentwood5k.com or visit www.brentwood5k.com.

Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.

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