FireKracker 5k

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Date: July 4th
Time: Citizens 5k – 7:30 am
Elite/Competitive 5k – 8:30 am
Kids Race – ~9:15 am
Start Location: City Park, Fort Collins, CO
Distance: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles)
Cost: See below.
Online Registration: Closes at Midnight on Thursday July 2nd
Registration: Opens on Friday July 3rd from 1-6 pm at Raintree Athletic Club
Race Day Registration: Starts at 6:30 am at City Park
Packet Pickup: July 3rd @ Raintree Athletic Club, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

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Start your Fourth of July festivities with the 16th annual FireKracker 5k at 7:30am in City Park. All ages and abilities are welcome; you can walk, jog, run or race. Just make sure to include a healthy start to your holiday celebration!

This great family event features scenic, flat and fast 5k courses with an event for everyone: The Citizen’s 5k run/walk, an Elite/Competitive 5k race, and a FREE kids race.

Great course and race support, race T-shirts, post-race refreshments, raffle prizes, chip timing, overall and age group pottery awards by local artist T.S. Berger and a $3500 cash prize purse for Elite Race.





Citizen’s 5k Run/Walk

7:30 am

Awards will be given for the following:

  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • 1st Male and Female Masters (40+)
  • Top 3 Male and Female in 5-year age groups 20-24 to 55-59, 60-69, and 70+ will receive custom handmade pottery by artisan & runner T.S. Berger.
  • Medals will be awarded to top 3 male and female in 12-and-under, 13-15, and 16-19 year age groups.


Course description: From City Park Dr. (starting near Sheldon Drive) run east, soft left at 4-way intersection onto Jackson Street then make the following turns:

  • Left onto Mountain Ave.
  • Right onto Grandview Ave.
  • Left onto LaPorte Ave.
  • Left onto Taft Hill Rd.
  • Left onto Mulberry St.
  • Left onto Scott
  • Left onto Oak St.
  • Through 4-way intersection onto City Park Drive for a 100-meter sprint to the finish line

Elite/Competitive 5k Race

8:30 am

Cash Prize Purse of $3500!

Spectator friendly 4-lap course around Sheldon Lake. To qualify, participants must show finish time from 5k race on a certified course in the last 12 months. For males: 19:00 and under; females: 21:00 and under.

There will be cash awards to top 5 male and female and 1st Masters (40+) male and female:
1st – $600
2nd – $400
3rd – $300
4th – $200
5th – $100
1st Masters – $150


Course description: Starting on City Park Dr, just east of South Bryan Avenue:

  • Run counter-clockwise around Sheldon Lake for 4 Laps (1200m per lap)
  • City Park Drive turns into South Bryan Avenue
  • Left onto Mulberry Street
  • Left onto Sheldon Drive
  • Left onto City Park Drive

Kid’s Race

~9:10 am

Free Kids Race immediately following conclusion of Competitive 5k race. For kid’s ages 5-12yrs, 1 lap around Sheldon Lake, ~1200m. No registration required.


100% Online registration – To improve the accuracy and efficiency in registration and race results, the FireKracker 5k has upgraded to a computerized registration system.

You can still register in person and pay with check or cash starting May 18th at the following locations:

  • Raintree Athletic Club – 2555 S. Shields Street
  • Altitude Running – 150 East Harmony Road, Unit 2-C
  • Runners Roost – 2720 Council Tree Ave, Ste 112

Registration Fees

Early Registration: April 1 – May 31

  • Individual – $25
  • Youth (12 years old and under) – $15
  • Team (4 or more participants) – $20 each
  • Veterans & active Military – $15
  • Running Club Member – $20. Join the club today!
  • Elite – $25

Regular Registration: June 1 – July 3

  • Individual – $30
  • Youth (12 years old & under) – $20
  • Team (4 or more participants) – $25 each
  • Veterans & active Military – $15
  • Running Club Member – $20 Join the club today!
  • Elite – $30

Race Day

  • Everyone – $35
  • Packet Pickup & Registration close 15 minutes before race start

***Shirts/specific size shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after June 30th! Please register early. ***

Packet Pickup

Avoid race day lines and pick up your packet on July 3rd at:

Raintree Athletic Club
2555 S. Shields St.
1:00 – 6:00 pm

Green Event

The Fort Collins Running Club is committed to running the race in an environmentally friendly manner. This will be a zero waste event, meaning our goal is to divert 85% or more of event-related waste away from the landfill through recycling and composting. Please help us by minimizing and disposing of any waste in the appropriate receptacles.

Running through beautiful City Park during the 2010 FireKracker 5k. (Photo: Felix Wong)

Course Records

Men: Scott Dahlberg – 14:43 (2014)
Women: Susan Partridge – 16:41 (2014)


Race inquiries can be sent to Lisa Sinclair, the FireKracker 5k race director, at

Note that this race is sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as the Firecracker 5k or Firekraker 5k.


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Race Recaps


For the very first time, there were two events in the FireKracker 5k: a citizens race and an elite race. CSU assistant track and cross country coach Scott Dahlberg won the men’s elite race in a time of 14 minutes, 45 seconds, or 4:45 per mile. Susan Partridge of Scotland won the women’s elite race in 16:21.

See this Coloradoan article for photos and more details.


There were 1,126 finishers of the 2013 edition of the FireKracker 5k.

The following are statistics on how much waste was generated at the 2013 race. As you can see, we diverted an astounding 98% from the landfill. Kudos to Green Events—whom we had organize the race this year—for achieving such a diversion rate.

  • Compost: 178.4 lbs
  • Recycle: 71.8 lbs
  • Landfill: 5.0 lbs
  • Total: 255.2 lbs
  • Diversion rate: 98%


Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2012 Firekracker 5k on Independence Day. There were over 1,000 participants. Through their entry fees, the race raised $1000 to High Park Fire relief efforts; another $1,000 to the City of Fort Collins’ Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics track and field program; and $500 to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.


Jpaheth Ng’ojoy was the overall winner of the 2011 FireKracker 5k in a time of 15:24. Nicole Feest was the first overall female in a record 17:06. Nicole won an extra $50 for setting a course record for women. Congratulations to all our winners and finishers and a big thank you from the Fort Collins Running Club to everyone for coming out and running.

Race results from the 2011 FireKracker 5k can be found at

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped put on the race, our sponsors for their support and race director Ruth Inglis-Widrick for her energy, efforts and professionalism to make it all happen!

Training for the FireKracker 5k

Looking for ideas on how to train for this race? Visit our training page!