Fourth of July runs continue to grow

run for independence
Flashback to 2011. This group ran in unison at the Run for Independence the entire 5 miles.

Fourth of July races continue to grow, making the holiday the second most popular day for runs only to Thanksgiving Day.

For the second straight year, finisher numbers for Fourth of July races increased to a record 329,620 in 2016, according to a report from Running USA. That’s a 13 percent gain from 2015 and passing the former record of 314,860 finishers in 2013.

At the same time, the number of individual events also grew to 586 in 2016, 18 percent more than 2015 and again setting a record.  The previous record of 485 races was set in 2015.

The largest Fourth of July race was once again the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which saw 56,993 finishers in 2016.

Locally, Atwater and the Merced Running Club hosts the long-standing Run for Independence 2-mile walk/run and 5-mile run, while Fresno has the Freedom Run 2-mile walk/run and 4-mile run in Woodward Park.

In Stockton, the Team RWB Firecracker 4-miler in Grupe Park is free.

For more information on these local events, visit the CVRunning Calendar of Events.