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Firecracker Mile beats 4th of July storm

Staff report

Heavy rain and lightning chased off the large crowd gathered for the Truckee 4th of July Parade on Saturday — but not before nearly 600 people participated in the annual Firecracker Mile fun run.

Eighteen-year-old Garrett Mack, wearing a Sacred Heart Prep high school jersey, raced to victory in the elite field. Mack powered through the spectator-lined finish with a time of 4 minutes, 27 seconds.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie Novitsky, also from Sacred Heart Prep, located in the Bay Area city of Atherton, took the win in the women's field with a time of 5:24.4.

Standout Nordic ski racer Hannah Halvorsen of the Sugar Bowl Academy finished second among woman, one spot behind Novitsky, in 5:28.8. Mary O'Connell, 21, of Truckee was third in 5:37.

Mack was followed by Blaine Ayotte, 20, of Concord, who finished second overall in 4:32. Calvin Swomley, 20, of Litchfield, Conn., rounded out the top three in 4:34.6.

August Howell (4:35.5) finished fourth and Luis Barraza (4:36.8) fifth. Truckee's Kyle Kelly (4:38.1) and Peter Carroll (4:40.1) placed sixth and eighth, respectively.

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The event also included a "fun run" wave that started after the elite wave.

Alexander Savitsky, 30, of Truckee claimed the win in the fun run. He crossed the line while pushing two infants in a stroller in a time of 5:37.

Hana Mazur, 12, of Truckee was the top woman and seventh overall in the fun wave, posting a time of 6:00.2.

The historic run, which is held every year before the Truckee 4th of July Parade, starts in front of US Bank and ends in downtown Truckee. The event is put on by the Auburn Ski Club Training Center and supports Junior Nordic ski programs in the Truckee/Tahoe area.

A total of 578 people participated, which was slightly down from last year's record of 630.

Find complete results and a photo gallery from the run.

2015 FIRECRACKER MILE RESULTS

Top 10 overall, top 5 women

1. Garrett Mack, 4:27

2. Blaine Ayotte, 4:32

3. Calvin Swomley, 4:34.6

4. August Howell, 4:35.5

5. Luis Barraza, 4:36.8

6. Kyle Kelly, 4:38.1

7. Elliott Fong, 4:39

8. Peter Carroll, 4:40.1

9. Jacob Garrissere, 4:40.6

10. Gilberto Caldero, 4:41.8

29. Natalie Novitsky, 5:24.4

30. Hannah Halvorsen, 5:28.8

37. Mary O’Connell, 5:37

41. Hailey Farrell, 5:49.8

43. Maureen Sheehan, 5:52.5

PREVIOUS WINNERS (past 6 runs)

2014

Male: Andrew Clusserath, 4:19.7

Female: Anja Gruber, 5:07.4

2013

Male: Nicholas Fresenko, 4:18.1

Female: Leigh Moffett, 5:04.9

2012

Male: Brandon Reiff, 4:20.1

Female: Tina Oprean, 5:00.8

2011

Male: Chris Badolato, 4:25.7

Female: Claire Green, 5:12.1

2010

Male: Trevor Dunbar, 4:17.5

Female: Gia Mandy, 4:54.3

2009

Male: Joseph Goetz, 4:16.3

Female: Hannah Pottey, 5:04.1