After 25 Years, East Moline’s Firecracker Run and Still Going Strong


The Quad Cities’ First and Only 4th of July Competitive Running Event, the Firecracker Run is coming soon!  The event will go on rain or shine with a race for just about everyone to choose from.  The event will be held in East Moline on 15th Avenue and 8th Street starting on Tuesday, July 3rd 2007 with the Kiddie Run at 5:30PM and THE National Bank Mile at 6:00PM, ending  with the Post Race Party & Awards at 6:30PM.  On Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 the 5k run will begin at 7:30AM, and the 10k run at 7:30AM, ending with the Awards Presentation at 9:00AM.  The top 3 finishers in the 5K & 10K races (male and female) will receive special awards.  Those who wish to participate are encouraged to register as soon as possible since prices to enter will change.
The Firecracker Run was started by the owner of Adolph’s Taco House, John Perez, who was also the race’s first director.  For 25 years the Firecracker Run has been going strong attracting many more runners each time, thanks to the support of the citizens of East Moline and its mayor and council.  The race would be impossible to put on without the help of many organizations, sponsors, and volunteer’s from around the Quad Cities, says Robert Cervantes, the race’s current director.
“We don’t have the big name or can we afford to give away big prize money like the Bix or the Q.C. Marathon, but we are one of the few races in the Quad Cities where the local runner can still WIN! And we will stay true to this as long as I am race director”, said Cervantes.
Since the Firecracker Run began, there have been four directors; John Perez, who we’ve mentioned was the first, the second, Jose Moreno, the third, Dawn Brooks, and of course Mr. Cervantes.  All proceeds from the event go back into the community.  The Firecracker Run has seen as many as 2300 runners and walkers participate, which is why the race has been successful for 25 years.

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