Runners head east on State Route 47 to begin the 2022 Ansonia Firecracker 5K Independence Day run. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Ansonia Firecraker 5K draws large numbers

Surrounding communities support Ansonia Firecracker 5K run

ANSONIA – The Ansonia Fired Department held its 39th annual Firecracker 5K race with 210 runners taking to the beautiful and shaded country road at the July 4th run.

“This race is just one of our yearly fundraisers we use to help offset the rising costs of keeping our fire department’s equipment maintained and up to date so we can provide the best possible service to our community,” said Ansonia Fire Department, Lt. Cory Meadows. “The race helps fund equipment that don’t go through tax payers including uniforms.”

“Our Firecracker 5K is one of the biggest around to date,” Lt. Meadows stated. “I am very pleased and proud of our community.”

Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein, a regular participant in local 5K races was again running the Ansonia Firecracker 5K run.

“You have to enjoy running,” said Judge Hein. “It keeps you young, keeps you active and keeps you away from the doctors.”

“People need to get out of their houses, they need to enjoy community, see their neighbors, make new friends – events like this make that possible,” he added. “There is a lot of long time relationships out here and then you make good friends along the way, that’s what keeps you going. This is helpful for this community – it’s fun.”

Ansonia’s Chance Klipstine earned first place overall with a time of 17:18.9 beating Greenville’s Bryce Shilt by a second with a time of 17:19.9. Elijah Morre of Lewis Center placed third overall with a time of 17:51.7.

“This is another really nice opportunity for other people to get back together, spend time together, get out and compete a little bit and have fun at the 5K,” said Ansonia head cross country coach, Jason Wright. “It is really neat that we have so many people who come and support our community and our programs.”

Grace Coakley of Greenville finished first overall for the ladies with a time of 23:23.7 and Minster’s Joanna Topp and Catie Topp placed second a third with times of 23:24.1 and 23:31.6.

Ten year Greenville veteran head cross country coach, Stephanie Lind and junior high coach Dennis Eckstein ran the race along with current and alumni GHS cross country runners.

“We have done this as a tradition as long as I have been coaching,” Lind said. “It’s nice to have those here for us. We had a really good turnout this summer and a lot of new freshmen coming in. On an average day for conditioning we’ve had between 10 and 22 kids at a time so they are showing up in droves to work hard this summer.”

“We’ve had a fun summer so far,” added Coach Lind. “We’ve gone canoeing and kayaking together and running all over the place. I’m excited for the season.”

Coach Wright summed up the Ansonia Independence Day weekend.

“Friday was a really big day here in the community with our annual alumni softball tournament which is really cool,” said Wright. “A lot of our graduates from years and decades past get together and play softball. Our fireworks display Friday night was one of the best around and of course we had all kinds of things, kiddie tractor pull, corn hole tournament, just a really fun time for anybody in our community, any of our communities around the county to come and spend time getting to know somebody new.     It’s been a very blessing of a weekend.”

“I would like to thank all our runners and our sponsors that help make this event successful,” Lt. Meadows concluded.

Good Times Racing (Kristi and Brian), Ansonia Local Schools, Ansonia Area Rescue, Ansonia Police Department, Brown Township, York Township, Village of Ansonia, 88.3 Star, MacKenzie Billenstein (National Anthem), Nazztee (Celina), Greenville National Bank, Riffle Mowing and Landscape, The Whistle Stop, Cal Maine, Annabelles Candy Bouquet, Ansonia Lumber, Meadows Towing, Abel’s Barber Shop and A1 Ag Services.

Top 10 finishers

  1. Chance Klipstine, Ansonia – 17:18.9
  2. Byrce Shilt, Greenville – 17:19.9
  3. Elijah Moore, Lewis Center – 17:51.7
  4. Adam Nadler, Richmond – 18:17.5
  5. David Moore, Lewis Center – 18:47.0
  6. Matthew Lee, Greenville – 19:00.1
  7. Noah Stevens – 19:12.0
  8. Aiden Dispennette – 19:28.9
  9. Dylan Riffell, Versailles – 19:34.5
  10. Chad Topp, Minster – 19:59.0

Top Female Finishers

  1. Grace Coakley, Greenville – 23:23.7
  2. Joanna Topp, Minster – 23:24.1
  3. Catie Topp, Minster – 23:31.6

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Ansonia cross country runners following the Ansonia Firecracker 5K race. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ansonia Firecracker 5K runners make their way out of town on July 4th in Ansonia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein runs in the Ansonia Firecracker 5K race. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ansonia Firecracker 5K runners head east into the early morning sun on the Fourth of July race. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Greenville Cross Country team gets gets ready to run in the Ansonia Firecracker 5k race. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at or 937-459-9547.

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