ABOUT  800  PEOPLE  RAN  IN  TODAY’S  28TH  ANNUAL  SANTA  CRUZ   FIRECRACKER  RACE.     TODAY’S  10K, 5K, AND  1K  RUNS  BEGAN  AT  HARVEY  WEST  PARK  AND  THEN  HEADED  UP  TOWARD  THE  POGONIP.      THE  MONEY  BROUGHT  IN  BY  THE  RACES  GOES  TO  HELP  SUPPORT  THE  SUNRISE  ROTARY  CLUB‘S  MANY  CHARITIES….AND THIS  YEAR  A  PORTION  OF  THE  PROCEEDS  WILL  ALSO  GO  TO  THE  SCHOLARSHIP  FUND  THAT  HONORS  FALLEN  SANTA  CRUZ  OFFICERS  BUTCH  BAKER  AND  ELIZABETH  BUTLER.

24  YEAR-OLD  APTOS  RESIDENT  JOSEPH  KOCHLACS  CAME  IN  FIRST  IN  THE  10K;     WHILE   29  YEAR-OLD  APTOS  RESIDENT  SCOTT  McCONVILLE  CAME  IN  FIRST  IN  THE  5K  RACE.    THE  FIRST WOMAN  TO CROSS  THE  FINISH  LINE  IN  THE  10K  WAS  27  YEAR-OLD  JANAE  JACOBS;   AND  THE  FIRST  FEMALE  5K  FINISHER  WAS  31  YEAR-OLD  MICHELLE  PROWSE.

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