The 10K and 5K race routes were recently locked-in for the 32nd annual Firecracker Run scheduled for Monday, July 4 in O’Fallon, race officials announced today.
Organized by the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries in cooperation with Big River Running Company and presented by Mercy the Firecracker Run is the Chamber’s largest fundraising event with over 2,000 runners and spectators.
“We are pleased to announce we have finalized our routes with O’Fallon city officials and the O’Fallon Police Department to make the course safer for our runners” said President/CEO Erin Williams. “The new routes will work better with all of the other activities going on the same morning and give our recurring runners a different view this year.” she added.
Repeating last year’s success, amenities will again include race shirts, live up-to-the-second finisher results, finish line photos, award medals for the top finishers, a runner’s only area, free activities for children, and there will also be a Health & Fitness expo for runners and spectators to enjoy.
10K and 5K runner registration now through May 31, 2016 is $30. Starting June 1, the fee increases to $35. Runners can view the new race routes online at www.FirecrackerRun.net under Race Routes.
For more information about running, volunteering, or sponsoring the 2016 Firecracker Run, visit FirecrackerRun.net or contact the Chamber staff at 636-240-1818, or email email@example.com.
Firecracker Run proceeds benefit the mission of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries, a non-profit organization for businesses. The O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries is committed to promoting the economic vitality of O’Fallon and the St. Charles County Region by engaging its members in networking and educational opportunities, while advocating for pro-business public policy.
You will all be happy to know that I haven’t needed a Band-Aid in a while, but I’m still Bleeding Blue! Thank you to the 200 of you that were able to make our meeting last week at Morning Star Church. I thought Richard Flint did a great job of informing and entertaining us! I hope you all enjoyed the program as well.
As you know, your Chamber is diligently working on our 2020 Strategic Plan priorities to ensure that we are the best organization possible. At last week’s Finance Committee meeting it was brought up that not all of our members know that we own the Chamber office building and so it might be confusing as to why we have added a voluntary capital campaign item on membership invoices. Great point! Yes, in fact, the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce is very proud to have purchased our building in May 2012, built out the interior to be conducive for our needs, and moved in October 2012. While the purchase was the right move financially, we still do carry a loan balance of just over $160,000; which is where the voluntary contribution comes in. One of the 2020 Strategic Plan priorities is to reduce the debt from the building. Each contribution made to the Chamber through the voluntary capital campaign fund will be put towards the principal on our office.
Okay, enough of the serious stuff. If you don’t have plans for Cinco de Mayo yet, this Thursday, be sure to call Sara at the Chamber Office for more information about the Cardinals Game with O’Fallon Young Professionals Network- don’t worry they accept those of us who are nearing AARP age (we can afford to buy more drinks)! For only $35, you will be chauffeured to the game on a chartered bus, enjoy the game and then board the bus to come back home, as an added bonus you might get to know some great young professionals along the way. If you can’t spend the whole day out of the office, be sure to check out some of our great Mexican restaurants to make the most of your Cinco de Mayo.
Until next month,
2016 Chairman of the Board