Firecracker 5K/Credit: Potomac River RunningStart your July 4 off by running the Firecracker 5K, which will raise money to help our troops.

The sixth annual Firecracker 5K is sponsored by Reston-based Leidos and will benefit the USO of Metropolitan Washington.

There will be live music, American flags and the “Battle of the Branches” competition. Whichever military branch has the most registered runners will have donation to the USO made on its behalf.

Here is what you need to know:

Race is Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. at Reston Town Center

Registration is $35 and is open online through July 2. Price jumps of $40 July 2-4. Discounts for Under 14 or Active Military.

The course goes on streets through Reston Town Center, as well as on Cameron Glen Drive, Sunset Hills Road, Reston Parkway and Town Center Parkway. Roads will not be blocked to traffic, but lanes could be blocked. The course is relatively flat.

Photo: Firecracker 5K/Credit: Potomac River Running


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