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Updated: 07/05/2014 08:00:02AM

Firecracker 5K serves up hot family fun

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North Port Police Officer Eric Sineath runs alongside his daughters, Emma, 9, and Amanda, 6, during the eighth annual Firecracker 5K Run Friday morning near the Morgan Family Community Center in North Port.

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Port Charlotte High School student Tyler Fisher, 17, was the first person to cross the finish line with a time of 16:06.

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North Porter Heather Butcher was the first woman to cross the finish line, placing 12th overall with a time of 18:33.

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North Porter Liz Cowart pushes her daughter Reese, 3, in a stroller as they prepare to cross the finish line together.

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Joseph Smith, 12, of North Port, crosses the finish line with a time of 20:47, placing 23rd overall and first in the male 10- to 13-year-old division. Joseph, along with his 8-year-old sister, Brenda, who also ran the race, were adopted from Uganda by Micah and Sheila Smith of North Port.

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Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson was one of more than 270 runners who ran the Firecracker 5K Run on Independence Day.

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Port Charlotte's Marshall Dillon, 16, places third overall during the Firecracker 5K Run Friday morning, with a time of 16:37.

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Marti Setter of North Port crosses the finish line with a time of 23.27, placing first overall in the female Grand Masters division (ages 50-plus).

By SAMANTHA GHOLAR

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NORTH PORT — Running, jogging, walking and pushing strollers, the 270-plus participants in the city’s annual Firecracker 5K Run dug deep to finish the 3.1-mile race in the hot morning sun.

From infants to seniors, the participants took to the course Friday morning near the Morgan Family Community Center with supporters in tow. Many festive runners donned the red, white and blue colors of the Fourth, and posed for photos before the race began. Others used the race as a push to see just how much improvement they could achieve.

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