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Derby Firecracker

Thu July 4, 2024 Derby, KS 67037 US Directions


4 Mile

$30 7:30AM CDT - 8:30AM CDT Price increases after May 27, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT

1 Mile

$30 8:30AM CDT - 9:00AM CDT Price increases after May 27, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT

Both the 4 Mile and the 1 Mile

$35 7:30AM CDT - 9:00AM CDT Price increases after May 27, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT


Come join us for the 43rd annual Derby Firecracker Race on the 4th of July!   Pick between a newly certified 4 mile course or a fast certified 1 mile course.  Enjoy a looped course that begins and ends in Derby's High Park.   A cash reward to our fastest male and female runners in each race of $50.00 will be awarded as well as age group awards! 

What's New?

  • Shirts this year will be tri-blend shirts!  Shirts will be guaranteed for the first 400 registrants. So be sure to sign up early!
  • Finisher medals will be given to all runners! One finisher medal for those that run both races.
  • If you or somebody you know would like to volunteer, let the race director know.
  • The races are chip-timed by the experienced crew of Timer Guys!

Kids age 1-12 pricing is $15.00 before May 27th and $20.00 after. A $5.00 Price increase for all other registrants will be on May 27th, again on June 9th, and lastly on race day.

4 Mile Race

The Four Mile Race will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. It is open to all ages and abilities, including runners and walkers. Veterans will be recognized before the start of the 4 Mile Race. This course starts at the North end of High Park and exits the South end before turning West on the Madison Ave sidewalk. The runner then turns North into the Derby High School campus to then cut across the high school parking lot to Rock Road. Continuing on the Rock Road sidewalk, turn back East on James St, pass the aid station at the 2.5 mile mark, and reenter the park at the North entrance roundabout.  The final stretch will make a loop within the park to the finish line.

1 Mile Race

The One Mile Race will follow the Four Mile Race at approximately 8:30 a.m. It is open to all ages and abilities, including runners and walkers. The 1 mile starts and ends within High Park after making a loop around the ponds.

Aid Station Refreshments

An aid station with water will be at the 2.5-mile mark of the 4-mile race. Bottled water and pre-packaged snacks will be provided after the race at the finish line.

Join the Derby Run Club

Want to save an extra $5.00?  Join the Derby Run Club for the low price of $25.00 for families and $20.00 for individuals.  What all benefits do you get for joining?

  • Save $5.00 on each Derby Run Club Race
  • Receive an awesome Derby Run Club T-shirt
  • 15% discount at Fartleks Running Shop Smoothie Stop
  • Assist the Derby Running Club in supporting the running community by funding quality equipment, certified courses, and insurance to continue our tradition of sponsor-free events designed “by runners for runners.”
  • Board Member opportunities are available for members interested in guiding the DRC into the future!

Custom awards for the top three runners in the following age groups:

4 Mile                       1 Mile
Men & Women         Men & Women
10-under                   1-5
11-14                        6-10
15-19                        11-14
20-24                        15-19
25-29                        20-24
30-34                        25-29
35-39                        30-34
40-44                        35-39
45-49                        40-44
50-54                        45-49
55-59                        50-54
60-64                        55-59
65-69                        60-64
70-74                        65-69
75-79                        70-74
80+                           75+

Heat Warning

High heat and humidity can be dangerous to runners. Therefore, make sure you drink plenty of fluids the morning of the race and at the aid stations. If you feel overheated or feel dizzy, seek aid.


Races are limited to registered participants only. No roller blades, bicycles, skateboards, or dogs are allowed on the race course with the exception of a participant with a service animal. Noncompliance will result in disqualification. Course Marshall's will control traffic, but runners should use extreme caution along the course. Slower participants and strollers are encouraged to begin toward the rear to avoid congestion and collision.


During the hours of the race between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM, please enter and exit High Park from the North entrance next to James Street. Parking will be available in the North parking lot as well as other parking lots within the park.


High Park
2801 E. James St
Derby, KS US 67037

Race Contact Info

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Tri-Blend Shirts!

2024 T-shirt design.

3" Finisher Medals!

2024 Finisher Medal

Age Group Awards!

Check back later for the 2024 age group award design.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will only be available on race day starting at 6:30 AM.

A video from one of our past events!

Firecracker 1 Mile

Firecracker 4 mile

Newly certified 4-mile course map!


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