july, 2020

2020sat04julAll Dayfri31Ann Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K (Virtual)(All Day) EST Anywhere You like, Anywhere in The WorldEvent Type :Kids,Run,VirtualRegister Now!

Firecracker 5K Racers

Event Details

Due to COVID-19, The Ann Arbor Sports Commission Firecracker 5K will be held as a virtual event this year. If you are already registered for the event, you have 3 choices:

1. Take part in the virtual event this year, which we have big plans for, we promise you’ll be glad you made this choice!

2. Defer your registration to next year.

3. Transfer to another Epic Race.

Here is how to make one of these things happen:

To participate in the virtual race, do nothing.  If you do nothing, we will automatically have you registered for the virtual race.

To defer your registration to our 2021 race, please follow deferment instructions here. If you are choosing this option, please do so before June 1, 2020.

To transfer to another Epic Race, you will find all upcoming events, both “live” and “virtual” at epicraces.com. To transfer your registration to any 2020 Epic Race follow these instructions. WE HIGHLY recommend choosing a virtual race if you choose this option.

On June 1, if you have not selected to defer or transfer, you will automatically be placed into the virtual event. 

Bombpops and buffs and Virtual 5Ks, OH MY!

What is a Virtual Race?!: No, it’s not Virtual Reality, but we promise you’ll have a ton of fun! Pick any day between July 4 – July 31st and complete your run. Use the Firecracker 5K, 1-Mile or 200M Dash official course or compete in your own back yard. There will be no crowds. No long port-a-potty lines. There is no start gun or nervous, pre-race chitchat with other participants. There is not even a starting line! Choose your date, time, place, and competition, and go! Click here to register. Virtual reality figures and racers clad in 4th of July outfits

What about the hotdog eating contest?! Here at Epic Races, we make sure our virtual races are as lively as possible and we know that for many our hotdog eating contest is the #1 event you’ve been training for! Ray’s Red Hots will still be supplying you with hotdogs and a special voucher for race participants to use after the event. More details to come soon, but we will be holding our hotdog eating contest LIVE on Zoom on July 4th!

Routes and Race Tracking: You aren’t running alone, you’re RacingAloneTogether! The course of all run distances will be uploaded to RaceJoy so you can compete against one another on our exact racecourse. RaceJoy gives you turn by turn directions and will cheer you on along your journey to solo-racing triumph! For more information about getting set-up on RaceJoy and posting your results see our virtual race instruction page.

Don’t want to race our course in downtown Ann Arbor? No problem. Whether you race at the corner of 4th and Liberty or elsewhere we want to know how your race went and celebrate your accomplishments. Share your costumes, routes, and post-race eats with us on our Facebook page!


GIF of swag for firecracker 5K

Swag and Awards: A virtual race with some serious swag! All racers will receive a super soft shirt, a finisher’s medal, and a buff. Checkout past swag below and say tuned for 2020 designs!

Virtual races have no age groups and you don’t have to be the fastest runner (or hotdog eater) to win. Learn more about Epic Swag Rewards which gets you one of a kind Epic gear for racing, posting of social media, and staying active with us in other ways.

You will receive all of your swag in the mail at the address you used to register for the race. The US Postal Service has been impacted by COVID-19 so shipping times may be delayed. We will get your items to you as quickly as possible.

Charity: Our 2020 featured charity is The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center!

All information below is for the 2021

>> 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

>> Street Closures

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.

> > Packet Pickup
>> The Swag


>>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!

> > Featured Charity

Our featured charity is the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer 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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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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