By Nicole Brewer

PITMAN, NJ (CBS) — In Gloucester County, they were off to the races on Fourth of July morning as part of the 33rd annual Pitman Freedom Four Mile Road Race.

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Some runners — with tutus in tow!

“The tutus are just an extra ‘woooo!’ They get us pumped for the race, make us run faster,” one person said.

Washington Township resident Anthony Dentino ran fastest of all.

“It was a really nice race, the crowd was really supportive,” he said.

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Over 850 runners took to the road for the four mile race, while thousands of others sat on the sidelines, waiting for the parade to begin at 10 a.m.

That’s when the crowds gathered, all willing to attend the event, which organizers scheduled rain or shine.

Mayor Russ Johnson says they made the right call.

“We have a little rain now, but it cooled things off for the runners. We’re going to have a great day,” the Mayor said.

Fireworks will be held at Alcyon Field at dusk. The rain date is Saturday.

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