Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K set to blast off this Sunday

The Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K run and 3K walk is back for its sixth year, set for Sunday, June 29, to help start off Fourth of July week and raise money for the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, which begin the day of festivities in the town next Friday.

“I think the Bethany Beach July 4th parade is a great family friendly event and a true example of how patriotic this country has been and continues to be,” said Race Director Greg Mavraganis. “It’s a really great experience to be able to host an event that enjoys support from the Town and all the participants, while also supporting the July 4th parade and what a great tradition that is.”

Pre-registration for the event closed last Wednesday, but race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the Bethany Beach bandstand, with the race beginning an hour later, at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony will begin an hour after that, at 9 a.m. at the bandstand, and will offer awards for the top five overall finishers for men and women. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in several age groups.

Runners of all ages are expected to compete again this year, will the race typically garnering participants ranging from young runners of 5 or 6 to those in their 60s and 70s.

“Bethany Beach is such a family-friendly place, and we try to model the event after that,” Mavraganis explained. “I think race-day itself is a great event, whether you’re participating or walking. All of the success really stems from the participants and their families.”

Now in its sixth year, the race has gone from around 200 participants to more than 500.

“We’ve seen continued growth over the event in the first five years, and we hope to continue that growth into year six,” Mavraganis said.

Those who pre-registered for the event will be guaranteed a race T-shirt, which features a new design every year, but Mavraganis said that there will still be shirts available for those registering on race-day.

“We expect to sell out of the T-shirts, so day-of participants should show up early.”

For more information on the Bethany Beach Firecracker 5K, visit the race website at