Race Information

Folsom Firecracker
Folsom, CA
Sacramento County
Jul 4, 2024 - Thursday
10K, 5K, 2M run
  • Details from event's RunSignUp.com listing:

    Happy Independence Day!

    Join us for our 13th Annual Folsom Firecracker. It is a great way to kick off the 4th of July before your festivities with family and friends.

    Beneficiary: The event will benefit the burn prevention programs at Shriners Children’s Northern California, located in Sacramento County off Hwy. 50 adjacent to the UC Davis Med Center.  Shriners Children's mission statement is to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.  

    Registration for the 2 Mile, 5K, and 10K includes a soft-style ring spun cotton race t-shirt, chip timing, eligibility for age group & special division awards, and a sparkly red-white-and-blue finisher's medal. 

    Kids Fun Run (new!): The Kids Run will be approximately 1/4 a mile and will be held at 9:00am. Open to kids ages 10 and Under. Entry includes a bib number and finisher medal (race is not timed). A t-shirt may be added to the entry for $5. One parent may run alongside each child in the Kids Run if this makes the child more comfortable (parent does not need to register). 

    Youth Discount: A $5 discount is offered for youth participants ages 1 to 17 years for the 2 Mile, 5K and 10K.

    Military Discount: We offer a reduced cost entry to all US Military - Active Duty, Veterans and Reserves. Please note that if you register in this category, you will need to show your Military ID card when you pick up your bib.  This discount is available to those who are serving or have served and does not extend to spouses or children. The entry fee is $20 early (by June 7) and $25 thereafter. 

    Special Divisions: During registration, 5K and 10K entrants will have the chance to enter one of our Special Divisions for your race distance. Special divisions are:

    • Adaptive Athlete (athletes with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities);
    • US Military - Active Duty/Reserves or Veteran
    • Baby Jogger/Stroller
    • First Responder / Law Enforcement
    • City of Folsom Resident

    There will be prizes for top finishers in each special division (based on net time) and you will still be ranked in your respective age group if you enter a special division.

    2024 Distances

    5K, 10K and 2 Mile Courses will be offered. See website for course maps. The 2 Mile is perfect for families, younger participants, and those with strollers or well-behaved dogs. All courses start and finish on Parkshore Drive and travel along the tree-lined Jedidiah Smith Bike trail and offer views of the pristine blue waters of the American River. The 10K has rolling hills. 

    Race Day Times

    6:30 AM - Registration opens
    7:45 AM - 10K Start
    7:50 AM - 5K Start
    8:00 AM - 2 Mile Start
    9:00 AM - Kids Fun Run Start

    Arrive one hour prior to your race start to have sufficient time to warm up, use restrooms, park, pick up bib, etc. 

    Awards and Age Groups: 

    Awards will be presented to the top overall male, female, and nonbinary finishers (based on gun time) plus the top three finishers per gender (based on net time) in the following age categories:

    5K: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, and 90+. 
    10K: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
    2 Mile: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

    Overall winners will also receive their age group prize. Unclaimed awards are not mailed. Age group award winners who do not pick up their medal on race day may pick it up in-person at Fleet Feet Folsom from July 6 to July 24.

    Special Division prizes: The top three finishers (broken down by gender) in each special division (Folsom Resident, First Responder/Law Enforcement, US Military Active Duty/Reserves, US Military Veteran, Adaptive Athlete, Strollers) will receive a medal. Be sure to check the results on race day before you leave the event to see if you won! 

    Packet Pick Up

    (Please note time change! Now 11am to 2pm on Sunday 6/30)

    Packet pick up will be held prior to event day on Sunday, June 30 from 11am to 2:30 pm at Fleet Feet Folsom.  Fleet Feet is located at  6610 Folsom-Auburn Rd, Folsom, CA 95630.n You may pick up for friends or family members; ID is not required (except for those registering with Military discount). If you cannot pick up on prior to event day, then you may pick up on race morning. 


    Parking (free) is available in the surrounding corporate parks of Parkshore Drive. Please be mindful of no parking signs. Arrive early to find a space.

    A detailed parking map is here http://www.folsomfirecracker.com/pages/race-info 

    Participant Confirmation

    A confirmation email is sent to each registrant when your online entry is submitted.

    A detailed participant confirmation letter will be sent prior to event day.

    Volunteer at the Race!

    Volunteers are needed on race day to help with tasks such as:

    • Registration (hand out t-shirts, bibs)
    • Course Monitor (direct athletes on the course)
    • Water Station (pass out water & Gatorade on the course)
    • Finish line refreshments, award hand-out, and water
    • Distributing finish line medals
    • Clean up

    All race day shifts are relatively short and you will be done well before lunch. That being said, we encourage all volunteers to wear sunscreen, bring a reusable bottle of water, and wear a hat. If you would like to volunteer, either by yourself or with a group, you can sign up online using below link. Please email us with any questions about volunteering here. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for fundraising opportunities.  Volunteers who are not fundraising may receive a coupon code to any remaining 2024 ACOP race of their choice to participate for free. Packet Pick Up and race day registration volunteers may use the code for this event, if it is not sold out.

    We would love to have your help on race day!

    Sign up to volunteer HERE.


    Special Division Detailed Information

    Special Divisions are offered for this event for the 5K and 10K. This is an optional category that you may enter in addition to your age group. Those entering a special division will still be eligible for age group awards and will still be ranked and listed in age group results. You may enter only one special division.

    • US Military Special Divisions
    • Law Enforcement & First Responders
    • City of Folsom Residents
    • Adaptive Athlete Division
      • You may enter this division if you are an athlete with physical, developmental, and/or an intellectual disability. Some examples are: visually impaired, wheelchair athlete, limb difference, developmental/intellectual delayed/disability, modified racing wheelchair ("duo team"), etc.  Rankings will be based on net (chip) time.
    • Baby Jogger Division
      • This division is for parents, guardians and caregivers who will be pushing an infant or todder in a stroller or baby jogger.
      • If more than one person will be running/walking with a stroller, only ONE should enter the baby jogger division.
      • Children in strollers do not need to be registered; however will not receive a t-shirt or medal.
      • Rankings will be based on net (chip) time.
      • Those participating with strollers must start toward the back at the start line. Starting toward the front is not safe for either you or those around you and we do not want to encourage weaving.
      • If you would like to run a very fast pace and start toward the front, we suggest not participating with a stroller.
      • The top three finishers per gender (based on the adult pushing the stroller) will be awarded a prize.


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  • Added to our Directory
    Apr 11, 2011
  • Last Updated in our Directory
    Dec 16, 2023
  • Last checked by a snack-eating human.
    Apr 7, 2024
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