McMillan wins Firecracker 5K Fun Run

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By Phil Scherer

More than 200 people kicked off their Fourth of July celebrations at the Firecracker 5K Fun Run, which has become an annual tradition in Los Alamos County. 

The run, organized by the YMCA, brought together people of all ages. Some were dressed in creative costumes, some ran with their dogs and others rolled strollers through the streets.

The overall winner of the event was Erik McMillan, from the United Stated Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He finished the run in 17:17.27, and competed in the 18-22 age group. 

Finishing second overall was Casey White of Los Alamos, who completed the race just six seconds after McMillan. White was competing in the 35-39 age group. 

Steven Strevell, who finished second last year behind his brother Josh, earned third place at this year’s event with a time of 17:54.77. He ran with his dog Branson, who won the race with Joshua last year. 

Strevell was joined in the race by several of his teammates on Los Alamos High School’s cross country and track and field teams, including Duncan Fuehne, Elijah Velasquez, Noah Bridgewater, Konstantin Nelson and Norissa Valdez. 

The run also featured 21 competitors under the age of 9, four of whom finished in less than 30 minutes.

The event also attracted 24 people over the age of 60, many of whom are members of Los Alamos’ Road Runner’s Club that puts together the pace race each week. 

As has become tradition, a man dressed in an Uncle Sam costume walked through the finish line after all of the competitors, marking the end of the race a little more than an hour after it began.