FireKracker 5k

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Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Start location: City Park, Fort Collins, CO
Distance: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles)
Cost: See below

Start your Fourth of July festivities with the 15th 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!

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NEW for 2014: This great family event features a brand new fast and flat 5k course, a citizen’s 5k run/walk, an elite/competitive 5k race, and a FREE kids race.

Citizen’s 5k Run/Walk

7:30 A.M.

New course, race T-shirts, great post-race refreshments, raffle prizes, chip timing, overall and age group awards.

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.

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Course description: From City Park Dr. (starting near Bryan Ave.) run east, heading straight though 4-way intersection onto Oak Street then make the following turns:

  • Left onto Scott Avenue
  • Left onto Mountain Ave.
  • Right onto Grandview Ave.
  • Left onto LaPorte Ave.
  • Left onto Taft Hill Rd.
  • Left onto Mulberry St.
  • Left onto Sheldon Drive
  • Left onto City Park Drive for a 200-meter sprint to the finish line

Competitive 5k Race

8:45 A.M.

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

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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 A.M.

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.

Registration

$25 – Adults (18 years and older)
$20 – FCRC member (a discount code will be e-mailed out to members at least a month before the race)
$20 – Youth (17 years and under)
$10 – Veterans and active military
$20/runner for groups of 4 and over
$30 – Race day entry for all categories (group discount not available on race day)
*Shirt availability not guaranteed for race day registrations.

Registration will be online this year at Active.com. A registration link/webpage will be available soon. Note that Active.com will tack on a service charge of $2.25 for most registrants.

It will also be possible to register at one of the three locations below. By paying with cash, you can avoid the $2.25 Active.com service charge.

Altitude Running
150 E Harmony Road, Unit 2-C
Open 10am-7pm weekdays, 10am-6pm Sat, 12-5pm Sun

Runners Roost Fort Collins
2720 Council Tree Ave., Ste. 112
Open 10am-9pm Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun

Sport About Fort Collins
1205 W. Elizabeth St., Ste. A
Open 10am-6pm Mon & Wed-Fri, 10am-5pm Tue & Sat, 12am-4pm Sun

Packet pickup will be at:

Raintree Athletic Club
2555 S. Shields St.

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: Austin Vigil, 15:14
Women: Katie (Follett) Mackey, 16:52 (2012)

Questions?

Race inquiries can be sent to Lisa Sinclair, the FireKracker 5k race director, at lisa@greeneventsllc.com.

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

Results

[2013] [2012] [2011] [2010] [2009] [2008] [2007] [2006] [2005] [2004] [2003]

Race Recaps

2013

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%

2012

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.

2011

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 http://footoftherockies.com/race-results/

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!