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2022mon04jul9:00 AMAnn Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K9:00 AM EST Ann Arbor Firecracker 5K, 100 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI 48108Event Type :Kids,RunRegister Now!Volunteer!Athlete Guide!ResultsShop

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Event Details

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The mission of Epic Races is to professionally manage safe, fun, and rewarding multi-sport and endurance events that appeal to beginner through elite athletes, raise money and awareness for important causes, and make each participant feel like a champion.

To keep you all safe, we follow the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines for the state of Michigan.  You can find them here.

The tradition continues…. 

Kick-off your Independence Day with the Ann Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K!

3 events to choose from:

  • Run or walk our classic Firecracker 5K (3.1 miles) on our flat and fast course that will be full of surprises along the way.
  • 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 mileage. No timing… just a fun, friendly frolic on the Fourth of July!
  • Our littlest firecrackers are invited to make a bang all their own in our Kids’ 200-Meter Dash. Open to competitors ages 8 and under, our Kids’ Dash offers children the opportunity to soar like eagles to the finish line, completing their race at the same finish line as Mom or Dad!
  • Please note that to guarantee a race T-shirt in your size, you must register at least 2 weeks before race day.

All events are walker-friendly!

Add an all-American angle to your outing by opting for one of our two special holiday divisions:

  • The Flag Carrying Division. Participants in this patriotic category will run or walk their 5K proudly bearing a mounted American flag from start to finish (see below for guidelines).
  • The Firecracker 5K: Ray’s Red Hots Hot Dog Eating Contest 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 (see complete rules here). 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.
Swag >> The Swag
Results >> Pacers


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

Packet Pickup > > Packet Pickup

Packet PickupPacket pickup will be available July 1 from 4 – 6 pm at Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Put 720 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 in your GPS to find us!

Packets will also be available in the morning on race day July 4!

> > Featured Charity

Our featured charity is the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

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>> Awards

Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions):

8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+


1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 10% in each age-group Male/Female

Flag Carrying Division

1st Place Overall Male/Female

Ray’s Red Hots
Hot Dog Eating Contest

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


1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 10% in each age-group Male/Female

Epic Races Hotel Options >> Hotel

Room block check-in available: Saturday, July 3, 2021

Courtyard Ann Arbor $89 – $99/night

+1 734-995-5900

3205 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
(5 min drive, 15 min walk from start)
Last day to book: Thursday, June 3, 2021

This Ann Arbor hotel is situated near I-94, minutes from downtown, University of Michigan, local businesses, research parks, hospitals, and medical centers.

  • Free High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool
  • On-site Bistro to Eat. Drink. Connect.® with refreshing breakfast choices and a variety of dinner and cocktail options in the evening. Also offers specialty beverages made with Starbucks® coffee to help you get a jump on the day
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM

Cancellation Policy: Free Cancellation at least 2 days prior to registered check-in day.

Note: Please check hotel websites for current travel restrictions and eligibility during COVID-19.

Zero Waste >> Zero Waste

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!


We know you have choices and we thank you for choosing to participate in our event. We are grateful for our sponsors for helping to make this event possible. Please keep them in mind when choosing your products and services.


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