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Firecracker 5K and Mile Fun Run
July 4 @ 7:55 am - 10:00 am EDT
Firecracker 5K and Mile Fun Run
benefiting the University of Michigan Addiction Center
Kick off your Fourth of July the Epic Races way: join us in downtown Ann Arbor on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 for our classic Firecracker 5K! Our 3.1-mile course gets underway at a truly red, white, and blue 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.
Add an all-American angle to your outing by opting for one of our two special holiday divisions:
- The Firecracker 5K: Old Glory 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: Fourth and Franks 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.
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’ 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!
Do you participate in the I Run 4 program? Click here for information about obtaining a medal for your I Run 4 buddy!
The Firecracker 5K and Mile Fun Run 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!
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