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The Schoolcraft Firecracker 5-Miler has been the kickoff event for Schoolcraft’s annual 4th of July celebration for many years. Our mission is to provide a family-oriented event that promotes fun, wellness, and fitness. The Firecracker 5-Miler benefits the entire community of Schoolcraft as well as the surrounding areas! We donate the proceeds from this event back to the community, benefiting the Schoolcraft Athletic Boosters as well as the Schoolcraft annual Independence Day celebration. We encourage you to come out and join us as we strive to make this a holiday tradition that you won’t want to miss.

We look forward to seeing you Monday, July 4, 2016, at Schoolcraft High School, 551 East Lyons Street, Schoolcraft. Feel free to join us after the race for many events around town to help celebrate the 4th of July, including a pancake breakfast (runners can show their bib to receive a discount), parade, helicopter and fire truck rides, car show, tours to the historical underground railway … and don’t forget the fireworks at dusk!

There are two events:

  • 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk (7:30 a.m.): This is a FREE, fun, non-competitive run/walk for people of all ages. Finishers receive a participation ribbon.
  • 5-Mile Race (8:00 a.m.): This race is unique because of its five mile distance and its fast and flat course. The cost to participate is $25 for early registration and $30 on the day of the event.
  • Runners who register for the 5 mile run will receive  “Schoolcraft Firecracker 5-miler” training T-shirt.
  • The time limitation for course assistance is 9:15 am.
    (Police and others will not be on the course following 9:15 am)

Date, Time & Location

  • Monday, July 4th, 2016 – 7:30 am (fun run/walk) or 8:00 am (race)
  • Schoolcraft High School, 551 East Lyons Street, Schoolcraft Michigan


Description (click Course Map button to see a graphical map)

  1. Starts at Schoolcraft High School parking lot (551 East Lyons Street)
  2. Proceeds EAST on VW Avenue
  3. Turns NORTH on Oakland Drive
  4. Turns WEST on U Avenue
  5. Turns SOUTH on 14th Street
  6. Finishes at school parking lot


To Schoolcraft High School: 551 East Lyons Street, Schoolcraft, MI

  1. Take 131 to Schoolcraft
  2. Turn East on East Lyons (VW Ave.) go approximately ½ mile.
  3. The high School will be on your left side.  Click here for map.


The door prize and awards ceremony will follow the race and start NO LATER than 9:10 am.

5 Mile Run

  • Customize awards to men’s and women top overall winners
  • Customize awards to men’s and women’s top overall MASTER winners
  • Customize medals to top 3 places in 13 different age groups
  • Technical training shirts for all 5-mile runners. Male AND Female Cut!  (Please register by June 1st to help us accurately plan for shirt quantity and sizes).
  • Start and Finish D-TAG timing.

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

  • Ribbons to Fun Run/Walk participants


You can take advantage of the early bird discounts by submitting the registration form online or via postal mail. Link for registration will be available soon. Late registration is available at packet pickup on July 3rd and/or the morning of the race.

Packet Pickup and Late Registration

Packet pick up and late registration will take place on Sunday July 3rd from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and the morning of the race – Monday July 4th from 6:30 to 7:45am at the Schoolcraft High School

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