Fireworks, BBQs, and family get-togethers are what 4th of July is all about. However, you can add a unique twist to the day of independence by taking part in a race. There are some amazing 4th of July running races around the US that you can participate in. Just because it is Independence Day doesn’t mean you should ignore your fitness goals. Here are some of the best 4th of July races you can participate in:
Where: Frankenmuth, MI
This running event is a trio of organized point-to-point races. The race takes its name from German and means ‘the people’s race.’ The race is the city’s way to honor the German heritage of Frankenmuth. The route covers a course of 10K and passes through Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. This is the country’s largest Christmas store, whereas, participants who run the 5k race, enjoy a scenic trip through the Little Bavaria neighborhood.
The weather can be hot and humid and temperatures touch the mid 90 degrees. Runners are offered relief by residents who bring out sprinklers and hoses to use along the course. All age group winners get an authentic German stein, which makes a perfect accessory to fill up a refreshing creation from the Frankenmuth Brewery, at the post-race party. The races take place on the 4th of July with some pre-race events on the 3rd.
Where: Atlanta, GA
The 47th edition of this annual July 4th race has you pitted against 60,000 of your closest friends in the world’s largest 10K. The race has been one of the most popular races in the world thanks to the southern hospitality the volunteers and race staff provide to the relatively flat and fast course. A lottery system implemented in 2011 helps ensure a fair registration process to all those who want to compete in one of the biggest race parties in the United States. The race starts nice and early at 7:30 a.m. to beat the oppressive summer Georgian heat and concludes with a massive expo where you can rehydrate, jam out to some tunes, or visit sponsor stands for some free schwag!
Location: Clawson, MI
The classic racing event is a major highlight that takes place every year on the 14-Mile Road in this Detroit suburb. The race has attracted quite a few well-known faces and celebrities, including Olympians Katie McGregor and Dot McMahan, during its 32–year history. One of the major attractions of the race is a $1,000 bonus for runners who break a 4-minute mile. The main prize has been paid out only once since 2010. You can receive an impressive $300 for finishing first. If you find yourself in the top 50 men to finish the race, you get a medal.
In any case, thousands of spectators who come out every year cheer on all runners. The race is one of the most spirited Fourth of July celebrations. The crowd and athletes can enjoy a parade right after the event
Location: Freeport, Maine
This is another popular 4th of July race, which takes place in Maine. The hilly course begins in the scenic coastal town close to the outdoor brand's flagship store. All athletes witness its iconic and massive rubber boot. Runners wind through the picturesque downtown to make their way through the flag-draped famous neighborhoods and along the waterfront with a steady climb from miles 3 to 5. The race kicks off just after 7 AM and usually lasts for half an hour.
Location: Seward, Alaska
This race is not your usual run-of-the-mill 5K running event. This is why organizers plan a demonstration session to let the participants know how they can navigate safely. The roots of the race dates back to 1915. All participants embark on this 3,022-foot Mount Marathon to navigate all rocky and slippery sections along the way. Every year, thousands of spectators come to the event.
The event is never canceled due to bad weather. That’s why all runners should be prepared for all sorts of injuries and harsh weather. There can be ice patches on some of the areas of the mountain. The summit is windy and it is important for all athletes to get familiar with the course prior to the race. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beloved 4th of July races in the US. Many route volunteers maintain radio contact with one another. They are in constant touch with the Seward Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Corps on the ground to send medical support.
The immense popularity of this race can be gauged by the fact that registrations are closed at least a couple of months before 4th of July. You can still head to the venue, watch the race, and cheer on the participants if you happen to be in Seward. Or, perhaps, you can register early for next year’s race.
So, these are some of the best 4th of July races you can take part in across the US. Do make sure you prepare adequately or else you run the risk of injury and excess fatigue. Keep in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to 4th of July races in the US. There are dozens of other races that you can take part in. You can simply click here to find a list of all the races that you can take part in on Independence Day.