july, 2021

2021sun04jul9:00 AMKapnick Firecracker 5K9:00 AM EST Ann Arbor Firecracker 5K, 200 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104Event Type :Kids,RunRegistration Opens April 1Athlete GuideResultsShop

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Event Details

The tradition continues…. new name… new location….same Epic Event!

Kick off your Fourth of July with the  Kapnick Firecracker 5K! Our 3.1-mile course gets underway at the most sociall distanced spot we could find… the perimeter of Briarwood Mall. Here, you will find plenty of parking space, and racing space to be able to keep safe social distancing at all times. Racers then loop around the mall and then come in for a spectacular star-spangled finish with carefully planned and safe post-race festivities.

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 below for guidelines). 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.
  • Kapnick 7.5K in celebration of Kapnick Insurance Group’s 75 years of finding solutions for controlling risk.

Looking for a shorter distance? 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 through downtown 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 soar like eagles to the finish line, completing their race at the same finish line as Mom or Dad! The Firecracker 5K is walker friendly!

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
> > Featured Charity

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

>> Course Maps

All courses are subject to change at the discretion of the race directors.  

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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 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

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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