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epic races firecracker 5KWELCOME, RUNNERS!

We are thrilled that you will be joining us for the Ann Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K! There is lots of information to know in order to be prepared for race day and you can find all of that right here in your athlete guide. Please check back here frequently for updates, and if you plan to print this guide, please wait until the day before the race as some information may change.

THE EXCITEMENT STARTS WEDNESDAY! Packet pickup will be available at American Home Fitness in Ann Arbor (850 W. Eisenhower Pkwy) from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3.

If you just can’t make it to packet pickup, you can also pick up your packet race morning between 6:30 – 7:45 a.m.

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!

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 a parent) with the Epic Races float in the parade!

Firecracker Header Image

Free parking (due to the holiday) will be available in the Republic Parking lots and parking structures throughout downtown Ann Arbor. There is plenty of parking for everyone! Click here for a map of Ann Arbor parking. Please note that the course will be closed to traffic beginning at approximately 6:30 AM.

Meet Our Announcer!

The person behind the Firecracker 5K mike will be none other than the legendary Frankie Andreu! Frankie retired from racing at the end of 2000, after a 12-year professional career that included nine Tours de France, three Tours of Spain, and one Giro d’Italia. He also competed in the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games, placing fourth in Atlanta. Frankie has announced at international, national, and local cycling events and we are thrilled to have him — and his voice — at this year’s event!

There will be one water station along the course. The water station will be located at the corner of S. University and S. State St, approximately 1.9 miles from the start.

Ann Arbor Trck Club logo


Promoting fitness, friendship and fun for all ages for 50 years, the Ann Arbor Track Club provides pacers for this event! Choose your goal and hit the mark! The following paces will be supported:

5K – pacers for :21, :24, :27, :30, :33, and :36 total finish time

Not sure which pace is right for you? Check out this Pace Calculator or talk to the pacers on race morning.





8:15 A.M. START: 5K AND 1 MILE

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!).

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 5 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!

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.