- Ada, Oklahoma

June 30, 2013

Fireball Classic kicks off Fourth of July events

The Ada News

Ada — By James Tillison

The Ada News Intern

Every year on the Fourth of July  Ada Sunrise Rotary Club conducts a 5K or, for the truly brave, 10K race.

Registration to run the 10K and 5K or walk the 5K is currently open. Entry fee is $30.

Funds made from the Fireball Classic race are used to support the Back to School Basics program. This program provides student backpacks and 100 $10 shoe card credits with the needed school supplies to start the school year.

In August 2012, 700 backpacks and 900 sets of school supplies were distributed in Pontotoc County.

Those searching for a way to enter can obtain an entry form from OKRunner, Gym210, Hibbett Sports or Ada Chamber of Commerce.

The form can be mailed in to Ada Sunrise Rotary, PO Box 601, Ada, OK 74820.

It can also be submitted in person at the Aldridge Coffee Shop, 200 S. Broadway from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Registration is also available online at

Packets for all runners can be picked up on Wednesday, July 3, from 5-7 p.m. at Wintersmith Park Lodge.

The following morning is race day registration from 5:30-6:30 a.m. in the lodge.

Rotary is providing water stations along the race route as well as fruit and water at the end.

The 10K runners will take off at 7 a.m., 5K runners at 7:05 a.m. and 5K walkers at 7:10 a.m.

Immediately following the last race start there will be a free kids under 8 race. Those who complete the 8  and under race get a medal. No pre-registration is required.

At the end of the races awards will be given out to the top placers for each division, as well as music playing for racers and spectators to enjoy.