Firecracker Mile goes off with more than 600 racers

Kutoven Stevens, of Yerington, Nevada, races to his second straight Firecracker Mile win.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Before fireworks and Truckee’s annual Independence Day parade, hundreds of locals and visitors raced down Donner Pass Road in support of ASC Training Center.

A total of 675 people showed up Tuesday to race through downtown Truckee, taking part in one of the area’s most iconic events, the Firecracker Mile.

This year’s race was won by 19-year-old Kutoven Stevens, of Yerington, Nevada. Stevens, a two-time Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association state champion in cross-country, finished 18 seconds ahead of the field with a time of 4 minutes, 7 seconds. Stevens also took first place in last year’s Firecracker Mile.

Another state champion in track and cross-country, Incline Village’s Noah McMahan,  17, took second place with a time of 4:25. Christian Gonzales, 30, of Auburn, finished third with a time of 4:30.

Lindsey Adams, 25, of Auburn, captured first place in the women’s division, reaching the finish line in 4:44. Truckee’s Aili Scott, 15, and Keira Scott, 16, led the way for local runners, finishing 41st and 44th, respectively.

Proceeds from the event directly benefit the ASC Training Center scholarship funds, which enable young athletes to pursue their dreams in winter sports. This year’s race had more than 200 participants compared to the 2022 Firecracker Mile, and brought in more than $15,000 for ASC’s alpine, Nordic, and snowboard programs.

More than 600 runners turned out for this year’s Firecracker Mile.
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