The Zionsville community has a new way to celebrate Independence Day, and it’s not with elephant ears or fireworks.
The Big Boom 5K kicks off its inaugural race July 4 at 7:30 a.m. The race is presented by Run2Race, a Zionsville-based training business that coaches runners both in person and online.
“This will be for the early morning people who want to get up and run,” said Mike Cole, owner and founder of Run2Race. “I always wanted to have a Fourth of July race. We’ve got a lot of stuff going on in the evenings on (July 4), but not a lot in the mornings.”
The 3.1 mile-race starts at Greek’s Pizzeria at 30 N. Main St. and finishes on Main Street. All participants will receive medals and free pizza, cookies and refreshments. The first 200 people to register receive a Big Boom 5K T-shirt.
There will be music, awards and holiday-related prizes. Run2Race gives awards to the overall winner and to the winners of each age group. The age groups range from 14-and-under to 70-and-over. Endurance House, another Zionsville business, donated gift certificates for prizes.
So far, more than 150 people signed up, but Cole expects at least 250 participants by the time of the race. Runners can still register through July 4 at Greek’s Pizzeria or online. Anyone interested in volunteering can arrive at the race at 7 a.m. and ask for Cole.
Cole owns three Greek’s Pizzerias, including the Main Street location that recently reopened. He also was the assistant track and cross country coach at Zionsville High School from 2016 to 2018. He stepped down to focus on his family and businesses. Previously, he coached track and cross country for seven years at the college level and five combined years at the high school level.
Run2Race puts on the Zionsville Half Marathon, Zionsville Fall 10 Mile Race and 5K Run and helps direct other local races. Cole wants to continue providing running competitions for Zionsville and surrounding communities.
For more information or to register, visit run2race.com/4th-of-july-big-boom-5k.html.