“Inclusion Revolution” comes to Grove City in Firecracker 5K

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On July 4, hundreds of runners, walkers, and speed walkers blazed the trails at the Pinnacle Golf Course as they participated in the second annual Grove City Firecracker 5K, presented by the Ohio Health and Wellness Expo. Among the masses of this growing “inclusion revolution” was Cooper Williams who ran in the 5K with his family and in the children’s Sparkler Sprint as an individual contestant. In this photo, the 8-year-old resident of Grove City tries his best to catch up to Rose Palone, 9, as they vie for first place but he ultimately had to admit defeat. Those who may have been slightly disappointed in their time like Williams can take comfort in the knowledge that their participation helped raise more than $18,000 for the Buddy Ball League of Grove City, said event co-founder Elizabeth Hewitt.
Cammie Balogh celebrates with her mother Laura as she crosses the finish line of the Sparkler Sprint. The 2-year-old was incredibly pleased by her results and more so by the accompanying medal she received as a participant.
James Lathem, 16, is all smiles as he crosses the finish line. The high school track athlete said he wanted to participate in this Firecracker 5K because he needed to “burn off” the McChicken Sandwiches he has been consuming. “They’ve been getting to me,” he said.
Beatriz Leal gives her son Nicolas Mobley, 13, a hug as he tries to cool down after finishing the 5K portion of the event. Clocking in at 26 minutes and 31 seconds, Mobley said he was disappointed with his time but happy that he finished before his sister, Natalia Leal.
Tammy Bobo, of Athens, gives a cheer and throws down two peace signs as she crosses a footbridge at the Pinnacle Golf Course during the 5K race.

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