Firecracker 5K – Reinvented!
After a one-year hiatus, CNW’s popular and historical Firecracker 5K race is back on! First started in Seattle as part of the Bud Light Grand Prix in 1984, the inspiration for the race came about during a conversation between Bill Roe of CNW and Michael Campbell of Seattle Sports. They were struck by the allure of the New Year’s Eve Sao Paolo run at midnightand thought, why not do the same in Seattle? Thus, the Firecracker 5K was born, where devoted fans of the race showed up year after year at Memorial Stadium to run the streets of Seattle on the eve of July 4.
The event continued for 32 years, but when the City of Seattle revised its fee structure in 2016, costs to put on the race in the heart of downtown Seattle tripled and the event had to be cancelled.
Now, CNW has reinvented Firecracker 5k with some exciting changes and additions!
New Location and a faster course
Instead of taking place at Memorial Stadium in downtown Seattle, the race will now start from Magnuson Park. Besides the breathtaking scenery of the course, which stretches along the beautiful shores of Lake Washington, parking is plentiful and free.
Additionally, this flat course offers a great opportunity for runners seeking a PR.
New start time and kid’s race!
In past years, the race began at midnight on July 3. However, now the race will start just before dusk at 8:45 on July 4, which allows for a more family-focused event, with a kid’s race prior to the 5k. Additionally, those who stay after the race will get to watch the City of Kirkland’s fireworks display from Kite Hill, just a short walk from the race’s start/finish line area.
Beer garden and music
To keep runners entertained and hydrated after the race and before the fireworks start, there will be music for all and a beer garden for the adults.
Keep those patriotic costumes coming!
As in years past, runners are encouraged to come dressed in their most patriotic gear with a contest to determine the best costume. So come in your best red, white and blue!
We at CNW are extremely excited about the new location for the race and hope families will make this event an ongoing part of their July 4tradition.