East Providence Firefighters’ Freaky 5k race steps off Sunday


EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Firefighters’ seventh annual Freaky 5k Road Race is set to step off Sunday morning, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. on and around the streets of the department’s Station No. 3 in the Rumford section of the city.

The event is sanctioned by United States Track and Field (USTAF). Entry fee is $22 the day of the race. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. With its association to Halloween, tasteful costumes of all kinds can be worn by participants.

“The is an event for people of all ages. The course is designed for runners of all skills and age groups, experienced runners and those who just want to participate,” said race director and EPFD firefighter Eric Linacre. “And we highly encourage people to wear costumes. It’s really a day for having fun.”

Last year, some 230 people participated in the Freaky 5k, including both “Batman and Robin,” who were among the top finishers in the race.

The event takes in about $5,000 annually. All proceeds from the Freaky 5k benefit the East Providence Firefighters’ Community Fund, which among other things provides the money needed to give food baskets to needy families at Thanksgiving, presents to children at Christmas, supports a scholarship at East Providence High School and also supports youth sports programs in the city.

“We just want people to come out and meet the firefighters who work in the community every day,” Mr. Linacre continued. “Most of the guys volunteer during the race, so it’s a chance to get to know people. It’s just a great event to come out and relax for a day.

“It’s USTAF sanctioned, so it’s a good race for the serious runners as well. And it’s a really good time for families with the kids and parents in their costumes. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s a good way for people to come out and support their community.”

Post-race, “Firehouse” Chili and hot dogs will be served. For more information or to pre-register visit the race website at www.epfdfreaky5k.com.


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