Athlete Guide: Firecracker 5K



The Athlete Guide is where you will find all of the information you need for a successful race day.  the information you find here is for 2021.  2022 information will be available 2 weeks prior to race day.


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You can use the address 200 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor in your GPS.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-envelope-open-o” add_icon=”true” title=”Packet Pickup” tab_id=”1625336258037-940199ec-1749″][vc_column_text]THE EXCITEMENT STARTS THURSDAY!
We will have early packet pickup outside the “Dining Pavilion” at Briarwood Mall
from 4 – 6 pm on Thursday, July 1.
You can put 720 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 in your GPS to find us.

If you just can’t make it to packet pickup, you can also pick up your packet race morning between 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

If you are participating in the Virtual Kapnick Firecracker 5K, your packet will be mailed to you![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-parking” add_icon=”true” title=”Parking” tab_id=”1625334937170-ae45f9fd-538e”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-hotdog” add_icon=”true” title=”Hot Dog Eating Contest Rules” tab_id=”1625182005802-32fb0a98-09fe”][vc_column_text]

How many hot dogs can you eat in 76 seconds?

Well… if the answer is 5, you won’t have that option!  Here are the rules:


This event will be a 76-second contest sponsored by Ray’s Red Hots

Classic Nathan’s FamousTM eating rules will be in effect:
These are rules of a contest that allow for a food item to be separated, dunked, and mashed in an effort to consume the most hot dogs.

Participants will be given 4 hot dogs and buns to start. There will be two 32 oz cups of water for dunking or drinking, mustard and ketchup on the table for the contestants.

Should a participant be observed hiding their hot dogs, dropping them under the table, or placing them on another participant’s plate he/she will be disqualified. Participants who suffer a reversal of fortune and/or urges contrary to swallowing will be disqualified (and possibly laughed at).i.e. vomit.  Once the 76 seconds are over and everybody is running reversal of fortune will not be monitored.

The “Chipmunking Rule” will be in effect, which means that all food to count must be swallowed 30 seconds after the 1-minute buzzer. Those who are found to be in violation of the “Chipmunking Rule” will be penalized 1⁄2 a hot dog.

Each participant will start the 5K run once the 4 hot dogs are consumed or the buzzer goes off, whichever comes first.

Judges will determine final amounts eaten counting what is left on each plate.  Each hot dog that is gone will take a minute off the finish time. Percentages count as well.  ☆BONUS☆ Any participants who finishes all 4 hot dogs before the buzzer goes off will get double the time reduction – 4 minutes will be taken off their time!

The event is limited to a total of 10 participants.

The male and female winners will be awarded the Firecracker Heavyweight belt.


[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-child” add_icon=”true” title=”Kids Run” tab_id=”1550803571027-68791b04-edbf”][vc_column_text]The Kids’ Dash is the same start line as the other two races, and begins shortly before the 5K!

Open to competitors ages 8 and under. All participants receive a medal![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”589″ img_size=”full”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-search” add_icon=”true” title=”Find a Participant” tab_id=”1547985030238-146763be-144d”][vc_btn title=”Find a Participant” style=”3d” shape=”square” color=”black” align=”left” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-address-book-o” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Frunsignup.com%2FRace%2FFindARunner%2F%3FraceId%3D33202||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-tint” add_icon=”true” title=”Aid Stations” tab_id=”1546773191878-5ac70732-70c8″][vc_column_text]There will be 1 hydration station with water and Gatorade for the 5K and 2 for the 7.5K.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2713″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”https://epicraces.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/A2M-Aid-Station-Map.pdf”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-users” add_icon=”true” title=”Spectator Tips” tab_id=”1546774057133-cdc4c919-0b4f”][interactive_banner banner_title=”Spectator Tips” banner_desc=”The Ann Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K’s urban race course lends itself naturally to spectating. If you are coming to cheer your peeps and lots of strangers, here are some helpful tips:

-DO offer a high five if inspiration grabs you, but remember that a few high fives go a long way. Don’t be offended if a runner doesn’t take you up on your offer

-DO cheer on everybody, not just the participants you know

-DO keep dogs leashed and well away from the course

-DO be inspired to run yourself next year

-DO have a great time! A road race can be a wonderful, inspiring event to watch

-DON’T enter the race course! Big no-no! Even if your friends are across the road on the other side!

-DON’T smoke anywhere near the race

-DON’T say “You’re almost there!” unless the finish line is actually in sight” banner_image=”id^1402|url^https://epicraces.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/spectators.jpeg|caption^null|alt^null|title^spectators|description^null” banner_bg_color=”#0f4e71″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#cf152d”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-th-list” add_icon=”true” title=”Schedule” tab_id=”1546775698137-914a7c53-cda3″][icon_timeline timeline_line_style=”dashed” timeline_line_color=”#001689″ time_sep_color=”#6acef0″ time_sep_bg_color=”#cf152d”][icon_timeline_item time_title=”6:45 – 7:45 A.M. PACKET PICK-UP AND RACE-DAY REGISTRATION”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”7:50 A.M. RACE ANNOUNCEMENTS & LINEUP”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”8:00 A.M. START: KID’S FUN RUN”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”8:05 A.M. START: HOT DOG EATING CONTEST”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”8:10 A.M. START: 5K AND 1 MILE”][/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-microchip” add_icon=”true” title=”Race Bibs and Chip Timing” tab_id=”1546775811321-8f39428e-fcec”][vc_column_text]

Race Bibs

Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each bib number. Leave the tags on the back of the bib number and pin the bib number to your front torso, so that it is clearly visible on the outside of your clothing.

Bib Quick Tips

>>Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
>>Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, wrinkle, or remove back tag)
>>Race bib is pinned in all four corners
>>Race bib is not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
>>Your race number should be worn on the front of your shirt and outside of your clothing (that way, the photographers can email you your photos after the race!).[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions)

8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-19, 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+


1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 3 in each age group Male/Female


1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 3 in each age group Male/Female

Ray’s Red Hots Hot Dog Eating Contest

1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place in each age-group Male/Female

Wondering if you won an award?

You can check several ways:
>>First, note the age groups and award categories on the event website.
>>Check the QR code on your bib with a QR scanner on your phone (if you don’t have one, you can download the app).
>>Visit the results table which will set up by the awards table.
>>Check the “results” tab on the event website.
If you did win an award, you can pick it up at the award table. We know your time is valuable. For this reason, we offer grab-n-go awards. Grab your award, take a moment for the photo opp on the podium, then go![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-exchange” add_icon=”true” title=”Changes and Transfers” tab_id=”1546776167622-6ebd1354-f769″][vc_btn title=”Changes and Transfers” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”inverse” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-exchange” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fepicraces.com%2F838-2%2F||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-glass-cheers” add_icon=”true” title=”Things to do in A2″ tab_id=”1582902113343-0e5522b4-1b8a”][vc_column_text]For those visiting the Ann Arbor area for this race, visit Destination Ann Arbor’s website for information on hotels, restaurants, and other fun attractions and activities. We hope you enjoy your stay and race in our wonderful and unique city! You can also find more information on Destination Ann Arbor’s social media below.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3726″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.annarbor.org/sports-commission/media/social-media/”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-comment-o” add_icon=”true” title=”FAQs” tab_id=”1561556479368-7cebd8f3-3968″][vc_btn title=”FAQs” color=”primary” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fepicraces.com%2Ffaqs%2F|||”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-cart-arrow-down” add_icon=”true” title=”Store” tab_id=”1562777740067-356ac32b-92a4″][vc_hoverbox image=”2883″ primary_title=”ENTER STORE” hover_title=”ENTER STORE” hover_background_color=”custom” hover_btn_title=”CLICK HERE” hover_add_button=”true” hover_custom_background=”#eeee22″ hover_btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Frunsignup.com%2FRace%2FStore%2FMI%2FAnnArbor%2FA2Firecracker5K||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_hoverbox][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tour]