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Frequently asked questions

What happens if it rains, snows, or if the event is forced to be cancelled?

The event will still go on with rain or snow! If there is weather or circumstances out of our control that put our participants, volunteers, and event staff in physical danger, we must make a decision that could involve any of the following: - event cancellation - event delayed start time - route changes, including but not limited to: course shortening, rerouting, consolidation of 4Mile & 4K. If the event is cancelled due to unsafe weather or other circumstances out of our control prior to 7 days before the event date, your registration in the run will be transferred to next years event. If the event is cancelled due to unsafe weather or other circumstances out of our control within 6 days of the event date, we hate to say it, but we can not offer transfers or refunds of any kind. Why? Because many participant expenses will have been already picked up, including shirts, bibs, and other items, and our expenses, such as rentals, vendors, insurance, payroll and all other Cost of Goods can not be refunded. This would not allow us to transfer these Cost of Goods to the following year. Yea, it's not a cool scenario, we agree.

My 10 year old wants to run the 4K with our family. I was going to do the kid pack for him so he could get a shirt, etc. - Do I also need to register/pay for him to run the 4K or 4MILE?

No, you do not need to pay for him to accompany you in the 4K or 4MILE. It is free for kids 10 and under with registered parent/guardian. That’s why we offer a Kids Pack, just in case kids 10 and under want a shirt and some freebies. The Kids Pack is a great way for you to save money.

My 11 year old wants to run the 4K or 4MILE with our family. Do I need to register/pay for her to run the 4K or 4MILE?

Yes. Pretty simple answer, eh? I bet you weren't expecting that?

My 10 year old and 12 year old are registered to run the 4K, can they also participate in the Free Kids Run?

10 year old = YES 12 year old = NO The Free Kids Run is meant only for kids 10 and under. No we don't ask you to provide a birth certificate, but for real... this is about safety and the little ones people! (Just Say No - to over age Kids Run participating)

I heard there is a slip'n slide finish line?

Ha! You'll just have to sign up and find out! Not to mention there are some other fun features throughout the courses! (No, you don't have to slide, it is optional and actually located just after the finish line.)

So, tell me about the infamous (er, famous) craw-fish boil

No, you are not forced to eat any crawfish, however, we strongly recommend it! We special order live craw-fish from the Bayou, prepared and served fresh after the event. For those of you 21+, you may enjoy free Pabst Blue Ribbon beer as well! The perfect summer combination in Erie!

May I pick up registration packets for others? Can others pick up my packet for me?

Yes... Please be sure that you are in good communication with your friends, so that they know you are doing so!

Not sure if you're registered? Need to reprint your tickets?

Check to see if you're registered for this year or reprint your tickets. All you need is the email address you used to register or the credit card used: - CLICK HERE -

What is your cancellation policy?

he Firecracker has a no refund policy if you are not able to make the event in which you registered and committed to attend. If you have a medical situation we will refund you in full or transfer you to the following year. You must provide an official letter from your doctor.

Is there a time limit on the run?

- If you are running the 4 Mile, your estimated finish time should be within 1.5hrs (estimated 20 minute/mile) - If you are doing the 4K, your estimated finish time should be within 1.5hrs (estimated 30 minute/mile) Technically, there is not a time limit. However, just know that if you finish after the above listed times, you may endure a different experience at the finish line and on course, as our team will begin taking down course markings, etc.

Are strollers and wagons allowed? How about animals?

Yes! Strollers are welcome and commonly sighted at The Firecracker Run. Sorry, but no 4-legged friends allowed on course. You are welcome to bring them to the finish festival however!

Is there a charity benefit for this run?

The Firecracker Run helps raise funds for the local local non-profit organizations who help during the run. If you are interested in raising money for your group, please contact us!

If I don't show up to the event, do I still get my shirt, bib, and stuff?

Yes and No. If you do not show up to the event or packet pickup to claim your belongings you will have 7 days after the event to reclaim them. You must contact us to do this. After 7 days, they will be forfeited.

What should I wear for the run?

We strongly encourage dressing to the occasion! (Independence Day that is!) Weather in July in Colorado can do many things but snow, well, even that on very rare occasion. We recommend bringing a long sleeve shirt if the morning is chilly. You may also want to bring a hat or visor, sun screen, and a rain jacket in case we encounter rain.

Are there awards for the run?

All participants will recieve the most comfortable event shirt you'll ever wear, free beer, crawfish boil, and a ton of great refreshments. AND... Custom 'Pabst Colorado Firecracker' gifts will be given to the first 300 participants to sign up, so don't wait! We'll also be giving away a TON of great prizes in the free raffle after the run!

Is the event timed?

All 4Mile runners will be timed. 4K will not be timed.


The Colorado Firecracker Run

 A True Colorado Classic