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What is a virtual Firecracker4?

  • The Virtual version of the Firecracker4 is a 4 mile run that you complete on your own between June 28th and July 11th- Preferably July 4th weekend. We will provide some course options you can use if you like.
  • You can run anywhere, indoor on a treadmill or outside on a 5k route you know. Below are some options. Please follow CDC- and New York State-mandated social distancing guidelines. If small groups are allowed, we encourage you to still practice safety and keep appropriate distance between runners. Please check ahead of time to see about Park guidelines and possible closures.
  • We will be providing several links to certified and measured 4mi courses as we get closer to the event.
  • Track your run using any GPS/phone app etc? or RaceJoy.
  • Upload your results once complete.
  • We will post the results and you can print a finishers certificate as another memento.
  • You can also print your personalized bib and wear it on race day!

How do I sign up-

What comes with my registration?

  • Excellent soft wicking t-shirt
  • Commemorative Medal so you can remember 2020 forever
  • Automatic entry into weekly drawings for some great swag provided by our sponsors

We have some great donations from our sponsors including Michelob Ultra and Saratoga Eagle, Fleet Feet Sports Malta/Albany, Hannaford Supermarkets, Powerhouse Athletics, Hislop Coaching and more.

Is this a competition?

No. This event is for fun and continuity. There will not be awards based on time, although results will in fact be shown by time.

When do I run the Virtual Event?

This can be anytime between June 28th? and July 11th.

Where do i run the Virtual Event?

You can run on any 4 mile course you create (outside or indoors).

How do I log my results?

Details to come.

Will there be awards for the Virtual Event?

As everyone will be on the honor system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering awards for the virtual event.

How will I get my shirt, medal and coupon?

Your shirt, medal and coupon will be mailed to the address you provided during registration.

I don?t have a GPS watch, what do I do?

You can use any course you plot out to run/walk your 4 miles. Just start a timer on your watch or phone and you will send us your time on the form we provide.

What if I can?t run/walk between June 28th and July 11?

We understand that something could come up. You will still receive your shirt, medal and coupon however you will not be listed in the 2020 results.

I signed up to volunteer, do you need my help? We love all of our volunteers and thank them immensely for their help each year.? We depend on them to make this event happen.? We will not need volunteers for the 2020 virtual event but will definitely need you all back if full force as 2021 is going to be huge!


The FAQs below have been set up to handle the majority of inquiries we get. Please go through the categories below based on the event you’re interested in.?

If our team wins are there any restrictions on where the prize can go?2017-11-05T23:52:41+00:00

If your team wins you must select a 501 (c)(3) Not for profit organization as the recipient of the prize money.

Where can we set up our team tents?2017-11-05T23:52:13+00:00

For High School, Run Your Colors, etc., teams can meet in the North Lot behind the stage on Maple Ave. The USATF Team/Elite village tents will be in the Forno Bistro lot on Van Dam and Broadway.

Is it required that all team members have matching shirts or tops?2017-11-05T23:51:48+00:00

It is not required, but is highly recommended.

Can we submit a team picture for posting on the website?2017-11-05T23:51:29+00:00

Yes, The winning team will be featured on our Home Page.

Are there awards for winning teams?2017-11-05T23:51:03+00:00

Yes, click Awards & Rules for details.

Can I be on a Non-competitive team?2017-11-05T23:50:36+00:00

Yes, Run-Your-Colors is a non competitive team, the scoring for Run-Your-Colors is based on the total number of registered runners on the Run-Your-Colors team. Finishing positions has no bearing on the Run-Your-Colors team scoring.

Can I be on more than one team?2017-11-05T23:50:13+00:00

Yes, You can be on one non-competitive team and one competitive team.?You cannot be on more than one non-competitive team or more than one competitive team.??Run Your colors? in considered a non-competitive team.

Can the team captain add runners to a team?2017-11-05T23:49:49+00:00
  1. Yes,?go to https://runsignup.com
  2. Logon to your account
  3. Click “Profile” page
  4. Click “My Groups/Teams”
  5. Click on the Group / Team name
  6. Click on Add member
How can I create a new team?2017-11-05T23:49:17+00:00
  1. Go to https://runsignup.com
  2. Logon to your account
  3. Click ?Registered? if you are already registered
  4. Check Firecracker 4 – Click Group / Team to the right.
  5. Click on ?Create New Group / Team?
How do I Join a team if I am already registered for the race?2017-11-05T23:48:37+00:00
  1. Go to https://runsignup.com
  2. Logon to your account
  3. Click “Profile” page
  4. Click “My Registered Races”
  5. On the Firecracker4 line select “View/Edit Registration
  6. On the left side click “Group/Team”
  7. Click “Join existing group / team”
How do I join a team?2017-11-05T23:47:54+00:00

You can Join a team when you are registering online for the race.

When can I pickup my packet?2017-11-05T23:47:22+00:00

Please see the?Event Schedule page

Do kids get medals in the Sparkler Kids Run?2017-11-05T23:46:31+00:00


Can I run with my child in the Sparkler Kids Run?2017-11-05T23:46:16+00:00


Are wheelchairs allowed?2017-11-05T23:45:49+00:00

Yes, wheelchairs have a designated starting spot near the front on Broadway

Can someone pick up my packet for me?2017-11-05T23:45:03+00:00

Yes. You can have someone pick up your packet

Can I receive a refund?2017-11-05T23:44:14+00:00

Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds of entry fees.

Where can I park?2017-11-05T23:42:43+00:00

Please see?Saratoga Parking Map here. The Holiday Inn parking lot off of Lake street is a good choice if you arrive early. There are plenty of parking lots and sidestreets in and around Saratoga as well.

Can I change my shirt size?2017-11-05T23:42:19+00:00

You can still change your own t-shirt size until Friday night.?Click here for instructions.

Is It OK to Walk in this Race?2017-11-05T23:41:52+00:00

Yes you can certainly walk! Please situate yourself towards at the back of the pack to ensure clear passage for runners.

Are Dogs Allowed?2017-11-05T22:46:28+00:00

No. Dogs are not allowed on the course.

Are Strollers Allowed?2017-11-05T22:46:02+00:00

Yes you can run with a stroller but please start near the back and be mindful of other runners.