Canton celebrates the Fourth with a run

July 14, 2018 by  

Over 2,000 people took to the streets in North Canton to celebrate the 4th of July, 2018, by taking part in the North Canton YMCA July 4th Race.

This was the 41st year for the event, which offered both a two-mile and a five-mile race, as well as a so-called ‘firecracker dash’ – a 100-yard sprint for children. The number of participants increased by about 130 from 2017, according to an article on

The temperature in Canton was 73°F by 7:50 am, and the humidity stood at 91%, and it was perhaps this fact that led most participants to opt for the two-mile option. Despite the dampness, the first runners crossed the finish line in under 10 minutes.

As is customary, awards were given to the participants who had the best time, and in addition, the Ron Russell Perseverance Award was also given out. This is the 10th year this honor has been awarded to someone in the event, and it goes to the person who is being recognized for overcoming obstacles and inspiring others.

Russell came to running late in life, and finished a half-marathon when he was 71 years of age, despite having arthritis and cardiac problems. This year’s winner, Manuel Halkias, has overcome cancer, lost weight, works out regularly, and participates in the race each year.

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