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Firecracker Fun Run to make debut during Fourth of July

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:47 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:02 a.m. CDT

It’s time to dust off those running shoes.

Osceola Chamber/Main Street’s (OCMS) first ever Firecracker Fun Run is scheduled 7 a.m. Friday, July 4.

“It will be a great time,” said Derek Lumsden, executive director of OCMS. “Come out and have some fun.”

Basic information

The Firecracker Fun Run is a 5K/1K run/walk. The cost to participate is $15. Children ages 10 and younger are free. Checks and registration can be sent to Osceola Chamber/Main Street.

The fun run starts at the Mosaic parking lot across the street from the fire station. It will end at Biggy’s restaurant.

The Fourth of July theme this year is “A Super Fourth of July!” Prizes will be given in several categories for best themed outfits and stroller-wagon decorations during the fun run.

Lumsden said, years ago, there used to be a fun run put on by the hospital.

“So, one of the things that keeps coming back up during our planning sessions is it’d be nice to have something that’s a little more active to get people involved,” he said. “And, everybody keeps telling us there’s nothing the morning of the Fourth, until the parade. So, we thought that would be the perfect time and way to incorporate the Fourth of July and some healthy living.”

Good addition

There are a lot of activities planned during the holiday extravaganza in Osceola.

However, Lumsden said the fun run/walk will be a good addition. He said it will add an event during a time gap between the July 3 evening activities and July 4 midday parade.

“There’s a lot of people in town that like to take advantage of things. They like to be busy and doing things because a lot of people use it as vacation,” he said. “So, we thought this would be the perfect time to get people out and about through Osceola, get families involved, because we have the walk part of it, as well.”

People are encouraged to run in their superhero or villain costumes, not just for the prizes, but because the fun run will be over by the time the themed parade starts.

“They actually work in tandem pretty well,” Lumsden said.

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