4th of July Blast 5K & Lit’l Firecracker 2K Run/Walk

Sat July 4, 2020 Valparaiso, IN 46385 US Directions

4th of July Blast 5K Run/Walk

7:30AM CDT - 9:00AM CDT

Lit’l Firecracker 2K Run/Walk

9:10AM CDT - 9:30AM CDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://valpoparks.org/207/Fourth-of-July-Blast.

68 Lafayette St
Valparaiso, IN US 46385

Join Valpo Parks for the annual 4th of July Blast 5K & Lit’l Firecracker 2K Run/Walk and enjoy the new race layout through downtown Valparaiso before the new parade beginning at 10:00am!  After the race, the Valparaiso Market will be at Central Park Plaza from 8:00am-1:00pm for anyone needing some last minute goodies for their afternoon BBQ!

Event Details

The goal of the event is to provide a truly competitive racing experience for the participants while adhering to all CDC social distancing and safety guidelines.

4th of July Blast 5K Run/Walk

Because of the current COVID 19 pandemic we will be utilizing a rolling start for the 5K race.  This will allow runners to start individually or in small groups of associated participants (family member or participants that live together) during designated times between 7:30am-9:00am.  When registering, participants will be asked to select a 15 minute starting time slot.  Participants may begin their race anytime during the selected time slot.  There is a limit of 70 starting positions available for each starting time slot and they are available on a first come, first serve basis.  In order to maintain safe distancing and traffic control on the race course participants must start during their selected starting time slot.  If a particular starting time is not available it means it has reached the maximum number of participants for that time slot.  Please do not ask us to make any exceptions, because we will not.  The race course will remain open until 10:00am.

Each participant’s start time will be recorded as they cross the starting line.  As participants finish, they will receive a text message and/or email with their finishing time.  A list of overall finishing times for all competitors will be continually updated at www.thtiming.com while the race is in progress.   Shortly after 10:00am the final race results along with the Overall, Masters, and Age Group awards will be posted.  Award winners will be able to pick up their awards on site from 10:00am-10:30am or beginning July 5th at The Extra Mile Fitness Company any time during regular business hours.

Overall & Age Group Awards – Top Overall Male & Top Overall Female, Top Masters Male & Top Masters Female, Top 3 Male and Female in the following age groups: 14 & under,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and up.

Firecracker 2K Fun Run/Walk

Perfect for families and younger participants! The FUN run/walk will start and finish at the Starting Line of the 5K and will begin at 9:10AM.  Participants may start anytime between 9:10AM-9:20AM  This is and non-competitive event that will not be timed. Finisher medals will be given to all participants! The course will close at 10AM

Registration and Packet Pick-Up:


  • Pre-Race Packet Pick Up  will be available Wednesday, July 1st thru Friday, July 3rd from 11am to 6pm at the Extra Mile Fitness Company, 1330 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383.

  • Onsite packet pick up will be available on race morning beginning at 6:30am

  • Participants are asked to not arrive at the race site any earlier than 20 minutes before their designated starting time.  

  • Parking will be available throughout downtown as marked.

Additionally, all participants must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Participants are required to be completely self-sufficient.  No water stops, refreshments, or medical assistance will be provided.

  • Participants must follow all CDC safe distancing guidelines.

  • Participants must be in good health and symptom free from any illness for at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

  • After picking up their race number and upon approaching the starting line participants are required to immediately begin their race.  Participants will not be allowed to congregate or conduct any race preparation (warm-ups, stretching, adjusting or changing apparel, etc.) in the starting area.  Participants should approach the starting line ready to run.

  • Participants passing one another on the course must adhere to “no drafting” rules which include being no closer than 10 feet behind or in front of, or 6 feet beside other competitors at any time. 

  • Participants must follow all instructions of the course volunteers. Failure to adhere to course volunteer instructions will result in an immediate disqualification.

Upon completing their run and crossing the finish line participant must continue moving towards the exit of the finish area.  

Failure to adhere to any of the stated race requirements will result in the immediate disqualification of the participant.

Please keep in mind that your cooperation and adherence to all safe distancing practices is the key to us being able to offer competitive events like this in the foreseeable future. 

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