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epic races firecracker 5KWELCOME, RUNNERS!

We are thrilled that you will be racing in our Virtual Ann Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K to benefit the Rogel Cancer Center! Things will look a little different this year, but different experiences are good and we have everything in place for you to have as real an event as can be! All the details you need to know are here in our Athlete Guide. Please note that as with all events, details are subject to change, so if you do plan to print out this guide don’t do until right before your race so that all of your information is updated. 

THE EXCITEMENT STARTS FRIDAY! Packet pickup will be available at Epic Races HQ in Ann Arbor (600 S Wagner Rd) from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Please fill out this form by noon on 6/28 if you’d like to pick up your packet! All other packets will be mailed out on June 29.

Due to delays in USPS, we cannot guarantee your race packet will arrive via mail by July 4, so if you want to guarantee you have your shirt, bib, and medal on race day we encourage you to utilize our packet pick-up!

Both our 1-Mile and 5K courses are set-up in our special RaceJoy app! If you use RaceJoy and our official course, you get access to custom cheers from the Epic Races staff, inspiring music clips, pace updates, and your results will be automatically uploaded to make you eligible for awards! To get in on the RaceJoy fun, follow the steps below:

RaceJoy Instruction Page

Note: It’s construction season in Ann Arbor and our original course does have some construction occurring on both the street and sidewalk. You’re welcome to run this route that now includes some additional obstacles OR choose your own route and upload manual results. Either way you’re still eligible for awards!

Reporting Results

If you race using RaceJoy your results will automatically be uploaded to RunSignUp! If you choose to run your race not on our official course or do not use RaceJoy you can still share your results with us! Instruction for uploading results manually is included below or you can share your results with us on our Facebook Page.

Enter Results on RunSignUp

  • Go to your race page
  • Click on “results”
  • Select “virtual results”
  • Search for yourself
  • Enter your time
  • DONE!

Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions)

8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-30, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+


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

Flag Carrying Division

1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female

Ray’s Red Hots Hot Dog Eating Contest

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

Award Ceremony!

Join us LIVE on Zoom on Monday, August 3 at 7 p.m. for our virtual award ceremony! 

Note: You may use any route you choose and still be eligible for rewards. Just make sure to upload your results!

Ray’s Red Hots will still be sponsoring our acclaimed hot dog eating contest! 

Join us on Zoom or Facebook LIVE at 10 a.m. on July 4 for our virtual hot dog eating contest. Don’t worry, the hot dogs are very real and you can pick them up from Ray’s! Instructions for picking up your dogs as well as contest details will be emailed to you.