july, 2020

2020sat04jul8:00 am8:00 amAnn Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K8:00 am - 8:00 am EST Ann Arbor Firecracker 5K, 200 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104Event Type :Kids,RunRegister will open December 1, 2019Volunteer Signup!Athlete Guide!Results

Event Details

5K/1 Mile Run/Walk • 200m Kids' Dash • Ray's Red Hots Hot Dog Eating Contest

Kick off your Fourth of July in an Epic way: join us in downtown Ann Arbor on the 4th of July for our classic Firecracker 5K! Our 3.1-mile course gets underway at a perfectly patriotic locale: the intersection of Fourth and Liberty. Racers then loop around downtown and come in for a spectacular star-spangled finish in front of thousands of spectators.

A one-mile distance is all offered for all (non-competitive), as well as our Kids’ 200-Meter Dash. Open to competitors ages 8 and under, our Kids’ Dash offers children the opportunity soar like eagles down Liberty Street, completing their race 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 a parent) with the Epic Races float in the parade!

This event supports The University of Michigan Addiction Center. All events in the Firecracker 5K and Mile Fun Run 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. The Firecracker 5K is walker friendly!


Add an all-American angle to your outing by opting for our Firecracker 5K… THE RAY’S HOT DOG EATING DIVISION. It’s simply 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 is held annually in New York City every Independence Day.

Where else can you race on the 4th of July starting at the corner of Fourth and Liberty??


Epic Races is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Boogie Booth for race participants to take still photos, GIFs, and Boomerangs. Not sure about the difference between all of those?  Come to the booth to find out!



>>Race chip timing with “almost” immediate race results
>>Participant tracking
>>Super-soft, high-quality race shirt (size guaranteed only if registering within 2 weeks of race date)
>>Our best finisher’s medal ever
>>Bomb Pops and Fresh Fruit at the finish line!

2019 Swag

2019 Designs!


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


epic races happy planet runningThe event is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click here to visit Happy Planet Running!

Room Blocks available: July 3 – 4, 2019


Retro hotel with an indoor pool & fitness facilities, plus free WiFi, hot breakfast & parking.

(734) 995-5200

3285 Boardwalk,  Ann Arbor,  MI  48108
(3.7 miles from start)
Last day to book: June 19, 2019

  • Free High-Speed Internet
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Fitness Center
  • Heated Pool and Spa

From 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Firecracker 5K will close the following roads:

Main Street from William to Liberty streets
Liberty Street from Main to State streets
William Street from Main to State streets
State Street from Liberty to Monroe streets
Monroe Streets from State to Tappan streets
Tappan from Monroe to South University streets
South University Street from State to South Forest streets
At the same time, a number of streets will be closed for the 2017 Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade. Starting at 8 a.m., the following roads will be closed:

S. State Street from S. University to E. Washington
E. Liberty from S. State to S. Main
S. Main from Liberty to William
E. William from S. Main to S. State
S. Fourth Ave. from E. Washington to Packard
S. Fifth Ave. from E. Washington E. William
S. Division from E. Washington to E. Jefferson
Thompson from E. Liberty to E. William
Maynard from E. Liberty to E. Jefferson
E. Jefferson from Thompson to Maynard
N. University from S. State Street to Thayer Street
S. Main from Washington to Liberty
W. Liberty from Main to the alley between Ashley and Main
Thompson between William and Jefferson.

Our featured charity is the University of Michigan Addiction Center.


7:50 a.m. Race Announcements & Lineup

8:00 a.m. Start: Kid's Fun Run

8:10 a.m. Start: Hot Dog Eating Contest

8:15 a.m. Start: 5K and 1 Mile



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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 5 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



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