MILLTOWN, NJ - For runners not familiar with the course of the Firecracker 5k, it's deceptively hilly. However, a lively group of runners that spanned the ages didn't seem to mind the challenge of the hills as a little over 500 runners hit the course on Fourth of July for the annual race. Overcast skies and less humid conditions helped the runners along as they made their way through the picturesque town after the traditional cannon blast signaled the start of the race.
Milltown's Kyle Price crossed the finish line first, winning the race with a time of 16:12.5. Price captured last year's Firecracker 5K as well. Trevor Reed from Gathersburg, Maryland came in second with a time of 16:16.2 while North Brunswick's Brodlay Kilheeney took third with a time of 17:05.8.
Amy Williams from Hillsborough was the top female finisher. Williams came in twenty-seventh overall with a time of 19:54.9. Shannon McKenna of Parlin was the next highest female finisher. McKenna crossed the line in twenty-ninth place with a time of 20:02.6.
Spotswood's Nicole Salge was the third highest female finisher with a time of 20:40.8. Salge was the top lady finisher from last year's Milltown 5K and was also the highest female finisher in the Spotswood 5K last fall. The former Charger was an assistant cross country and track and field coach for Spotswood High School from 2013 until 2015.
Price has been an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Spotswood High School since 2012 and is a substitute teacher for the Spotswood School District.