In 1991 the Nantucket Health Club was opened by Dave and Sandy Schulz, shortly thereafter they began the Fire Cracker 5K with their partner Bob Laundry serving as director.
It was created to bring the community together in a friendly competition and to encourage healthy lifestyles. It is composed of a 5k Run and a 5K Walk meant to be inclusive of all ages and skill levels. The last 2 years the race was cancelled due to COVID but NHC and the Nantucket community are very excited to be welcoming it back for 2022. Its return has been made possible by local sponsors, and the time and labor of the dedicated volunteers.
In the past the Fire cracker 5K has seen between 800-1200 participants and has held the spot of the most popular race event on the island for the past 20 years.