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Fire Up For The 2015 Santa Cruz Firecracker!

We’re officially up and running for this year’s Firecracker Race Registration. The only thing missing is….YOU!

That glow you see on the horizon is the 30th Annual Firecracker 10K, 5K, and Kids' 1K, and it's coming your way!

It's that time of year again! Registration is open for this year's race (Saturday, July 4, 2015). But don’t wait, the price goes up on May 1st, 2015, and again on June 1st, 2015, and we anticipate a sell-out this year. Yes, that’s right, we may not have any spots left on Race Day, so SIGN UP EARLY! Entries must be received by May 1st, to get the early bird pricing, so SIGN UP EARLY!

As you know, this race is a local hit, and, this year, the first 1000 entries are guaranteed the coveted Firecracker T-shirt (men’s and women’s styles this year), so SIGN UP EARLY!

Some of this year's highlights include:

  • This year’s Special Firecracker Beneficiary: American Red Cross of the Central Coast!
  • Really cool Aptos Fleet Feet long sleeve shirts for top finishers in 10K and 5K!
  • And a new women’s shirt design!
  • Medals still 3 deep in 5-year age groups!
  • Flat, fast, certified 5K course!
  • And we plan to re-certify the 10K course this year!
  • The Thrill of the Hill remains in the classic town and country 10K course!
  • We tell a new story each year. We want YOU in this year’s story.

We hope to see you again this year on the fourth of July! So, light the fire within and register online today. If you already have registered, thanks, and we'll see you on July 4th!

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2015 Firecracker Details

Breakfast after an awards ceremony that features medals to the top 3 in 5-year age groups!

Now in its sixth year, the flat, fast 5K is certified, and is great for runners and walkers of all ages and also for spectators!

As always, the little kids (10 and under) can join in an exciting 1K fun run that starts 30 minutes before the main event, just outside the back of Costco, on Harvey West Boulevard.

Race Start Times

7:00am – Registration opens
8:00am – Kid's 1K run/walk
8:30am – Firecracker 10K run
8:40am – Firecracker 5K run

Event Highlights

  • Pancake breakfast after the race (included w/ entry fee)
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for 1st thru 3rd place in each 5-year category
  • Merchandise prizes and Champions Cup Engraving for overall winners in the 10K and 5K (M&F and age graded M&F)
  • Shoes awarded to the overall age-graded winners, and first high school (18 and under) boy and girl
  • Expedited awards ceremony this year
  • "Thrill of the Hill" t-shirt for the first 1000 entrants
2014 Firecracker 10k Run Through

Hosted By The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club

2012 Firecracker Video

The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to bring you the Santa Cruz Firecracker 10K, 5K, and Kids 1K. Chartered in 1985, SC Sunrise Rotary is a club of over 100 high-energy community and business leaders and volunteers drawn together by the common desire to give back to our community and beyond.

The proceeds from the Firecracker races, one of our largest annual benefit events, are applied to local community, national and international charity projects.

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization.  More than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self".


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