The heat is intense, it is the fourth of July you are about the run 4 miles starting at 9 o'clock in the morning.
Approximately 1300 people have lined up to start this race. Many are hoping they will make their PR today, some know it will be due to it being a different distance. As the gun goes off well maybe cannon (it was pretty loud) everyone jumps and start running The FireCracker 4Miler in Cranford, NJ. The event is equipped with chip timing in our bibs. However, the timing is started at the gun not as you cross the start line. The first mile or so takes you away from the park and onto the main road through town, it is easy to get lost in your pace here, then it is a nice winding course till the switch back around Nomehagen park after running through a couple neighborhoods you wind your way back into the park for the final approx half mile to the finish. This may be the first time I have been on a course which described itself as flat and it was.
People are lining the streets cheering on all the runners.the Cranford Jaycees put on a pretty good event. EMTs on bicycle riding around the course with water stations spread evenly through the course. There were many specators all over the course to keep you motivated. The organizers had truck loads of water at the finish to replenish you.
This event showed it has been around for a while. All of the volunteers were at their respective stations and happily were helping people. I enjoyed the race for another reason it was the first time I have run a race in my home state. If I could change something about the race I would start it an hour earlier and have the chip timing start as you cross the start line.
Good Work Cranford Jaycees!!!