Truckee’s July 4th Firecracker Mile sees record participants (photo slideshow)
2016 Firecracker Mile results
Top 10 overall, top 5 women
1. Nick Spector, 4:29.3
2. Robert Lugg, 4:37.6
3. Luis M. Contreras, 4:43.5
4. Luis Barraza, 4:43.7
5. Ryan Murphy, 4:44.0
6. Haydn Halvorsen, 4:48.9
7. Kyle Kelly, 4:49.5
8. Everett Sapp, 4:50.3
9. JC Schoonmaker, 4:50.7
10. Matt Chappell, 4:52.3
19. Sofia Sanchez, 5:25.2
25. Sydney Rhodes, 5:37.4
26. Kari Rust, 5:37.7
29. Ella-Sophie Kuzyk, 5:41.5
32. Amelia Swnaons, 5:44.0
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Just about every year, the annual Firecracker Mile fun run, which helps usher in the Truckee Hometown Parade, sees an uptick in participation.
This Fourth of July was no exception.
On a sun-soaked Monday, July 4, with thousands of people lining the streets for the festivities, a record-high 683 people navigated the one-mile run along Donner Pass Road into the heart of downtown Truckee.
Highlighting the run’s top finishers was 15-year-old Sofia Sanchez of Tahoe Vista. Sanchez raced to victory as the top female finisher (19th overall) in the elite field with a time of 5 minutes, 25.2 seconds.
Sanchez, a rising sophomore at North Tahoe High School, is fresh off claiming a state title in the 1,600-meter run at the NIAA Division III state championships.
Meanwhile, Nick Spector, 24, of Sonoma, left all runners in his rear-view, speeding to the overall victory in the elite field in 4:29.3.
Next in line was Robert Lugg, 26, of Reno, who finished second overall in 4:37.6. On his heels was Reno’s Luis M. Contreras, 29, who rounded out the top three in 4:43.5.
The first local male to cross the finish line was Truckee’s Haydn Halvorsen, 15, who clocked in at 4:48.9 for sixth place overall. Halvorsen is a standout Nordic ski racer of Sugar Bowl Academy.
On the women’s side, Sydney Rhodes, 17, finished second (5:37.4 — 25th overall) and Kari Rust, 46, took third (5:37.7 — 26th overall). Truckee’s Ella-Sophie Kuzyk, 15, followed in fourth at 5:41.5.
The event also included a “fun run” wave that started after the elite wave.
Henry Saul, 15, claimed the win in the fun run, crossing the finish line at 5:19.1.
San Diego’s Patricia Zimmitti, 11, was the top female finisher and fifth overall, posting a time of 5:32.7.
The historic run, which is held every year before the Truckee Fourth 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.