Santa Cruz Firecracker

Sat July 4, 2020 Santa Cruz, CA US 95060 Directions
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$35 8:00AM PDT - 11:59AM PDT Price increases after December 31, 2019 at 11:59pm PST


$35 8:00AM PDT - 11:59AM PDT Price increases after December 31, 2019 at 11:59pm PST

Kid's 1K

$20 8:00AM PDT - 11:59AM PDT Price increases after June 30, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT
Harvey West Park
326 Evergreen Street
Santa Cruz, CA US 95060

That glow you see on the horizon is the 35th Annual Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club’s Firecracker Run. There are three distances, something for the whole family – a 10K, a 5K and a 1K for the kids.

Registration is open. The only thing missing is you! Yep - that's right - registration for next year's race is open because the race is ALWAYS on July 4, and it's a Saturday in 2020.

Photos from this year's race can be found here.

Since 1985, The Firecracker 10k has been a Santa Cruz Independence Day tradition. Started by the City of Santa Cruz in 1985, the race was taken over by the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club in 2004.  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 the largest annual benefit events, are applied to local community, national and international charity projects.


  • Kids’ 1K run at 8:00 AM
  • 10K starts at 8:30 AM and
  • 5K starts at 8:40 AM.
  • 10K/5K/1K awards commencing at 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM.

Course maps are available by clicking on the course map tab above.

PARKING: Free parking available at Costco (via the Sylvania Avenue entrance) and along Sylvania Avenue. Enter Harvey West Park via Encinal @ Hwy 9 and then turn left on Sylvania and park on Sylvania or in the Costco parking lot via the Sylvania Avenue entrance. Costco is closed on July 4th, so there is plenty of parking at Costco. But arrive early to avoid the race-day rush and leave time for the short walk/jog to the registration tables near the Harvey West pool.

AWARDS & PRIZES: Awards to top 3 in each 5-year age group. Merchandise prizes and name engraved on Champions Cup for overall male and female open winners and age-graded winners of 5K and 10K. Aptos Fleet Feet shoe certificates to top male and female age-graded winner + 13-18 age group winner. Blue ribbons to all 1K finishers and medals to top 3 male and female kids 10 and under in Kids’ 1K.

PLUS: Aerobics warm-up and Santa Cruz DJ Company will light your fire with warm-up tunes certain to pump you up.

Some of this year's highlights include

  • Really cool Aptos Fleet Feet long sleeve shirts for top finishers in 10K and 5K!
  • Medals still 3 deep in 5-year age groups!
  • Flat, fast, certified 5K course!
  • Certified 10K course!
  • The Thrill of the Hill remains in the classic town and country 10K course!
  • Post-race breakfast at Harvey West Park.
  • All levels of fitness welcome.


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