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Pensacola Sports Partners with Ronald McDonald House to Manage Firecracker 5K

July 2, 2016 – Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Sports is proud to announce a partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida to manage their popular Firecracker 5K Presented by Hill-Kelly Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram on Saturday, July 2nd.

The annual event’s 3.1 mile course takes the runners on a tour of Downtown Pensacola.  The race will start on South Palafox at Plaza Ferdinand at 7:30am. The course will run through Maritime Park, the Historic District, and along Bayfront parkway, finishing at Seville Quarter.  At the conclusion of the race there will be a post-race party at Seville Quarter including food, drinks, music and an award ceremony. Race information and registration are available at

“We are excited about working with the fine people at the Ronald McDonald House on this event,” said Pensacola Sports Executive Director Ray Palmer.  “It is a great event benefiting a great cause.  This partnership allows them to focus on the participant and the bells and whistles while we make sure they have a fun, safe, well managed course.”

Following the race is a free “Rock our Socks” Kid’s Fun Run presented by Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical. Ronald McDonald striped socks will be available for purchase as an additional fundraiser.  Additionally, participants are encouraged to dress up in their best patriotic attire for a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded in the children, adult and family categories.

“We are very proud of our new partnership with Pensacola Sports” said Judy Burns, Executive Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. “Ray and his team have gone above and beyond to focus on helping our families when they need it most and ensuring this year’s race is a success.”

About Ronald McDonald House Charities ® of Northwest Florida –  The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida is to be the BEST Home-Away-From-Home and source of respite and resources for children and the families of children suffering a medical crisis. Since opening its doors in 1984, the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida has been a lifeline of hope for families. Locally owned and operated, the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida is able to continue its mission with the assistance of faithful volunteers and through the generosity of the community. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook


About Pensacola Sports – Pensacola Sports is one of the oldest sports associations/commissions in the United States, beginning in 1955.  Today, Pensacola Sports manages or assists in numerous events a year throughout the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa county areas, and is the lead sports tourism agency for Escambia County.  Events include a high school all-star series, flag football, 5K-15K runs, marathons, triathlons, soccer and softball tournaments, collegiate national championships, and annual awards and scholarships banquets to name a few.  Pensacola Sports is dedicated to building a better community through sports.  Be Moved!