july, 2019

2019thu04jul7:00 amAnn Arbor Firecracker 5K5K • 1 Mile • 200m Kids' Run • Ray's Red Hots Hot Dog Eating Contest7:00 am EST Ann Arbor Firecracker 5K, 200 E. Liberty,Ann Arbor, MIEvent Type :Kids,RunRegister Now!

Event Details

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

Kick off your Fourth of July the Epic Races 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’ 100-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!

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.



Race chip timing with “almost” immediate race results
Participant tracking
Super-soft, high-quality race shirt*
Our best finisher’s medal ever
Delicious post-race snacks including our signature “Bomb Pop”
*shirt sizes not guaranteed if you register less than 2 weeks before the race

2018 Swag

2019 Designs Coming Soon!


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!

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 in each age-group

Ray’s Red Hots
Hot Dog Eating Contest

1st Place Overall Male/Female
Top 5 in each in each age-group

  • FAQ’s:

I can no longer participate. How do I get a refund?

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We do not offer refunds, but if you purchased insurance when you registered, please visit this link to fill out a claim: http://claims.ticketguardian.net/lookup You will need to present documentation for claim reason(s) based on the Terms & Conditions of your Policy if the Policy ID starts with “TGSD” , “TGFS” , “TGTS”, or “TGRS” (Ex: Doctor’s Note, Work Travel Schedule and Receipt, Jury Summons, Policy Report, Transportation Delay Printout, etc.)

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

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To transfer your registration to another person, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by The Ann Arbor Marathon. Click the blue Transfer to Another Runner button, then follow the onscreen instructions. Please note that there is a $15 transfer fee plus a processing fee for this service.

How do I transfer from one distance to another?

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To change events, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon. Click the blue Transfer Events button, then follow the onscreen instructions. You can also change distances at our Packet Pick-Up. Simply visit the “Solutions” table.

How do I confirm my registration?

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Go to https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/TheAnnArborMarathon and click the blue Find a Participant button, then look yourself up.

I ordered the wrong size shirt. Can I change this?

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Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, then click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by The Ann Arbor Marathon. Click the blue Giveaways button, then follow the onscreen instructions. The deadline to reserve shirt sizes is March 10, 2019. Shirt sizes will be available on a first come, first served basis after that date.

Where do I park on race morning?

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Race day parking will be available on side streets as well as at the following U of M lots: SC4, SC5, SC6, and SC7 of South (Ross) Athletic Campus. See the Athlete’s Guide, as well as the Parking section above for full details and maps. Neither the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon nor the University of Michigan will be held responsible for loss or damages incurred while parked during the event.

What happens if it's raining or snowing on race morning?

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The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon will be held rain, snow, or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

What is the cut-off time for the race?

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The marathon course opens to vehicular traffic at 1:30 PM (6:00 hours from gun time). Those who have not yet reached the finish line will need to move to the sidewalks at this time. The timing clock official stops timing at 6:00 hours from gun time.

What if I can't continue the race?

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If you cannot finish your race, please make your way to the closest aid station, where a communications volunteer will radio for a pick-up for you. If you are injured, please state this immediately so that first responders can be summoned.

Are dogs allowed?

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No, dogs are not allowed on any of the event courses or in the post-race food area due to safety, security, and insurance reasons.

Are headphones/ear buds allowed?

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Yes, but we strongly encourage that you consider participating without portable music. This way, you will be able to hear your pace team and course marshals, as well as the spectators cheering for you. You will also be able to hear your fellow runners calling out that they are passing you as well as first responders and race officials alerting you to their approach.

Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?

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Yes! Packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2018 from 12 PM to 4 PM at our Expo and on race morning at the starting area.

Just picked up my packet, and my race shirt doesn't fit. Can I exchange it?

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You will need to check with us after the race to see what shirt sizes, if any, we have left over.

I wasn't able to pick up my award. Will you send it?

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We sure will!  Send us a self, addressed, stamped 9 x 12 envelope (please have $5.00 postage affixed to your envelope) and we will send your award!


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How do I donate to the featured charities?

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To donate to our Featured Charities, the non-profit groups fundraising at the marathon, please click the blue Fundraising button at the top of this page.



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