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Firecracker 5K and Kids’ Dash

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 @ 7:55 AM - 9:45 AM

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America turns 240 this Independence Day. Commemorate this monumental occasion the Epic Races way: join us in downtown Ann Arbor on Monday, July 4 for the 2016 Firecracker 5K and Kids’ Dash! Help us paint the town red, white, and blue and exercise your right to the pursuit of happiness by pursuing better fitness and fun! Run or walk our 5K course as it winds through the heart of Tree Town USA, then stick around for the 26th Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade.

 

Four Events for the Fourth

Kick off your Fourth of July with our classic Firecracker 5K! Our 3.1-mile course gets underway at a perfectly patriotic locale: the intersection of Fourth and Liberty. Racers will then loop around downtown and come in for a spectacular star-spangled finish in front of thousands of spectators. Add an all-American angle to your outing by opting for our Firecracker 5K: Fourth and Franks division. That’s right… it’s not the Fourth of July without hot dogs, and those who choose this challenge — up to 20 competitors — will try to chow down on four dogs in 76 seconds, then get their 5K underway. Consider it our version of the world-famous Nathan’s Hot-Dog Eating Contest, which celebrates a monumental occasion in 2016: its centennial anniversary this very July 4th.

If 5K is more than you’re ready for, try our Mile Fun Run! A relaxed, non-competitive course awaits runners and walkers of all ages who want to show their Firecracker fervor but with a little less distance. No timing… just a fun, friendly frolic through downtown on the Fourth of July!

Our littlest firecrackers are invited to make a bang all their own in our Kids’ 100-Meter Dash. Open to competitors ages 8 and under, our Kids’ Dash offers children the opportunity soar like eagles down Liberty Street, completing their NewGovCouncilrace at the same finish line as Mom or Dad! Kids can continue celebrating Independence Day at the corner of State and William, where they can take part in the Children’s Bicycle-Decorating Contest, then ride their beautified bikes in the Fourth of July Parade. Kids’ Dash participants also have the option of marching (accompanied by one parent) with the Epic Races float in the parade!

All events in the Firecracker 5K and Kids’ Dash are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and are endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.

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A Little Fleet-Footed Assistance

Our friends from the Ann Arbor Track Club will be on hand — and foot! — to help you reach your 5K goals. We are very grateful to them for providing the Firecracker 5K with pacers for our classic Firecracker 5K runners. Watch for their pace signs! There will be pacers for the following paces: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. Please note that you are very welcome to run or walk at your own pace but that, at 9:25 AM, all participants still on the course will need to move to the sidewalk to complete their event.

 

 

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Hot Diggity Dog! The Contest Specifics

Curious about our hot-dog eating contest? The Firecracker 5K: Fourth and Franks division is Epic Races’ tribute to the world-famous Nathan’s Hot-Dog Eating Contest. Nathan’s is celebrating a monumental occasion of its own on July 4th: the 100th anniversary of its iconic Coney Island competition. Our Ann Arbor edition consists of eating four hot dogs in buns as fast as possible, with 76 seconds being the cut-off time. Contestants may bring water, if they so wish, and ketchup and mustard if they wish to dress up their dogs prior to the start of the contest. Those competing in our Special Dietary Needs subdivision will be required to bring their own hot dogs and buns to ensure their dietary restrictions are met. Time penalties, posted below, will be applied to those who do not finish all four hot dogs:

Less than 1 hot dog left — 0:15
1 hot dog left — 0:30
Less than 2 hot dogs left — 0:45
2 hot dogs left — 1:00
Less than 3 hot dogs left — 1:15
3 hot dogs left — 1:30
Less than 4 hot dogs left — 1:45
4 hot dogs left — 2:00

Firecracker Belts

Our Firecracker 5K: Fourth and Franks Grand Champion Belts

Any hot dog and/or bun still in a contestant’s mouth when time is up counts as eaten but must be chewed and swallowed before the participant can begin their 5K. Unlike Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest, however, there will be no penalties if any competitor experiences a “reversal of fortune.” The first male and female Fourth and Franks competitors who cross the finish line* will be crowned the Grand Champions and will receive a championship belt in the same prizewinning style of those Nathan’s presents its winners. They’ll also each receive an overall Epic Races prize, will be invited back next year to defend their title, and get to ride on the Epic Races float in the Fourth of July parade!

Please note that Fourth and Franks is its own division. Participants do not compete against the regular Firecracker 5K runners but rather have their own age groups and awards.

  • Please note that Special Dietary Needs contestants are not eligible for the Grand Champion titles

 

Everyone Loves a Parade!

JayceesFloatOnce our race is done, stick around for more family fun: the 26th Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees’ Fourth of July Parade! This year’s theme, “A Monumental Occasion,” will be reflected in the many floats, costumed marchers, and other festive participants. Enjoy the children’s decorated-bike brigade and the music played by our local high-school marching bands. Be sure to keep an eye out for our Firecracker 5K overall winners, who’ll be celebrating their success with a parade-style victory lap around Ann Arbor! The Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 AM. For more information and to learn how you can participate, visit the parade web site.

 

Presents on America’s Birthday!

Each of our Firecracker 5K and Firecracker 5K: Fourth and Franks participants will receive:

  • Race chip timing with results posted within 6 hours
  • A gorgeous finisher’s medal
  • A super-soft, high-quality race T-shirt (shirt sizes guaranteed through June 20, 2016)
  • free downloads of all your race photos taken by our fabulous sports-photography team at Greg Sadler Photography
  • The best post-race snacks around, including hot dogs by Chris Cakes
  • A virtual goodie bag filled with offers and discounts from our sponsors

 

Each of our Mile Fun Run participants will receive:

  • A gorgeous finisher’s medal
  • A super-soft, high-quality race T-shirt (shirt sizes guaranteed through June 20, 2016)
  • The best post-race snacks around, including hot dogs by Chris Cakes
  • A virtual goodie bag filled with offers and discounts from our sponsors

 

Each of our Kids’ Dash participants will receive:

  • A gorgeous finisher’s medal
  • A super-soft, high-quality race T-shirt (shirt sizes guaranteed through June 20, 2016)
  • The best post-race snacks around, including hot dogs by Chris Cakes
  • A virtual goodie bag filled with offers and discounts from our sponsors
  • The opportunity to march with a parent as part of the Epic Races float in the 4th of July Parade!

Watch for our friends from Body Conscious Massage Therapy after your race! They will be offering post-race sports massage to all of our participants help you recover from your race.

 

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FoldedFlagNewHelp Honor Our Fallen Heroes

America’s freedom comes at a great cost. The Folded Flag Foundation serves to honor the legacy of and pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country. In recognition of our fallen heroes, the Folded Flag Foundation awards educational grants and scholarships to families of the U.S. military and employees of the U.S. government who have lost their lives in combat. Qualifying spouses and children under the age of 26 can apply to receive scholarships and grants to assist with a wide range of educational needs, including K-12 tuition and tuition for college or trade school. All donations go directly to these scholarships; administrative costs are fully funded by corporate underwriters. Our American heroes risk their lives to serve our country. Help honor the memories of those who have fallen by showing your support to their families in need. Your donation will help strengthen their future on behalf of those who fought and died for all Americans. To make a donation, please visit our Crowdrise page or click the blue Fundraising button at the top of this page. For more information about the Folded Flag Foundation, please visit their web site.

 

Be a Hero to Your Buddy

Epic Races recognizes the compassion, support, and friendship that exists between a runner and their I Run 4 buddy. To help your buddy feel more special, we’ve created a race add-on so that your buddy can receive his or her own Firecracker 5K medal. We applaud those runners who dedicate their miles to buddies with special needs whose conditions span the spectrum from total physical disability to developmental delays to autism spectrum disorders and more. Look for the IR4 add-on when you register for the 5K, or log into Run Sign Up to manage your registration and add the IR4 add-on. For more information on the I Run 4 program or to be matched with a buddy of your own, visit the I Run 4 web site.

 

 

Race Day Schedule

6:30 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration open
7:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration close
8:00 AM — Kids' Dash starts
8:10 AM — Firecracker 5K: Fourth and Franks Division starts
8:15 AM — Firecracker 5K and Mile Fun Run begin
8:30 AM — Post-Race Food Area opens
9:00 AM — Awards Ceremony (approximate time)
10:00 AM — Ann Arbor Jaycees' Fourth of July Parade

Divisions

Male and female age divisions: 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Awards

Firecracker 5K:

All 5K finishers receive the most amazing all-American medal ever! Special Awards for 1st Overall Male/Female, Overall Masters (40+), and the top 5 finishers in each age division. In addition, the Overall Open and Overall Masters Male and Female winners get to ride in the Fourth of July Parade!


Firecracker 5K: Fourth and Franks Division:

All 5K finishers receive the most amazing all-American medal ever! Special Awards for 1st Overall Male/Female, Overall Masters (40+), and the top 5 finishers in each age division.


Kids' Dash:

All Kids' Dash finishers receive the most amazing all-American medal ever!

Firecracker Entry Fees

5K
Fourth & Franks 5K
Mile Fun Run Kids’ Dash Deadline
$35 $40 $25 $8 April 15 – May 15
$40 $45 $30 $8 May 16 – June 15
$45 $50 $35 $10 June 16 – July 3 at 10 AM
$50 (cash only) $55 (cash only) $40 (cash only) $10 (cash only) Race Weekend (if not sold out)

 

FAQs:

Q. I signed up for the 5K but I think the mile is more my distance. Can I transfer to the mile?
A. You can switch from the 5K to the mile — or from any Firecracker event to another Firecracker event — by logging in to your Run Sign Up account, clicking the My Registered Races button, clicking View/Edit by Firecracker 5K, then clicking the Transfer Event button and following the onscreen instructions. If you are transferring to the longer-distance event, you will be charged for the difference in price between the events. NOTE: the deadline to switch events is June 27.

Q. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A. Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, click the My Registered Races button, click View/Edit by Firecracker 5K, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another event, as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is June 20.

Q. I can no longer attend. How do I get a refund?
A. By registering for an Epic Races event, you have purchased a ticket to participate in one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable races in Southeast Michigan. As with a ticket to any sports or entertainment event, there are no refunds if you are unable to attend.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I defer my registration to next year!
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2017, email us at info@epicraces.com. NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is May 24.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I get my race shirt and medal and bib sent to me?
A. We are happy to send you your race shirt and bib; please send a self-addressed, large shipping envelope with $5 postage to us at Epic Races, 600 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. However, our finisher's medals are reserved for those who complete the race.

Q. Where do I park on race morning?
A. Parking will be available at all downtown Ann Arbor parking structures and lots as well as along side streets. Parking on holidays in downtown Ann Arbor is free!

Q. What happens if it's raining on race day?
A. The Firecracker 5K will be held, rain, snow, or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

Q. How many aid stations will there be?
A. There will be one aid station on the 5K course.

Q. Are jogging strollers allowed?
A. Yes! However, participants with jogging strollers must start at the back of the pack with the walkers and can only jog, not race, with a maximum pace of 12:00 minutes/mile. They must remain considerate of all participants around them and in control of their stroller at all times. Please view our policies regarding strollers at http://epicraces.com/policies.

Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. No, dogs are not allowed on any of the event course due to safety, security, and insurance reasons.

Q. Are headphones/ear buds allowed?
A. Yes, but we strongly encourage that you consider participating without portable music. This way, you will be able to hear the course marshals, as well as the spectators cheering for you. You will also be able to hear your fellow runners calling out that they are passing you.

Q. When will results be posted and where?
A. You'll find the results by clicking on the blue Results button at the top of this page. Results will be posted within 12 hours after the race ends.

Q. Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
A. Yes! You can have someone pick up your packet for you if you are unable to make it to packet pick-up.

Q. My race shirt doesn't fit. Can I exchange it?
A. Yes! However, exchanges can only be done after the race and there is no guarantee of size.

Q. I left before results were posted and I won an award! How do I get it?
A. Congratulations! Finisher's and overall awards will be available to pick up at American Home Fitness, 850 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor starting Wednesday, July 6.

Details

Date:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time:
7:55 AM - 9:45 AM
Event Categories:
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Website:
http://a2firecracker5K.com

Organizer

Phone:
(734) 585-7101
Email:
info@epicraces.com
Website:
http://epicraces.com

Other

Packet Pickup Information
Packet pick-up will be held on Sunday, July 3 from 2 PM to 4 PM at American Home Fitness, 850 W. Eisenhower, Ann Arbor, 48108 and Monday, July 4 from 6:30 AM until 7:45 AM at the race venue.

Venue

600 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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Phone:
(734) 531-8747
Course maps: 5K Course Map

All courses are subject to change up to and including race day

Results

Year Race Results
2016 Searchable Results View Results
2015 5K Results View Results
2014 5K Results View Results
2013 5K Results View Results

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