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Firecracker Road Race 2023


The 44th running of the Cranford Jaycees Firecracker 4 Miler takes place in Cranford, NJ on July 4th on a fast, flat, USATF-certified, scenic course on tree-lined streets and bike trails. Races include the traditional 4-miler course, 1-mile family fun run, and a Virtual Run option. The 4-mile race features mile splits, water stops, and chip timing.

Technical race shirts and souvenir race pint glasses are included with registration (guaranteed for those who register by 6/27).

After the race, enjoy refreshments, music, popcorn, ice pops, and face painting while listening to our DJ and watching the award ceremony.


Race Details


Start/Finish at Nomahegan Park, 1033 Springfield Ave, Cranford NJ.


Fun Run starts at 8am, 4 Miler starts at 8.30am



4 Miler - $30 until May 31, $35 until June 27, $40 until July 4
Fun Run - $15. Virtual Run $30


Parking is available across the street from the race start/finish area at the Union County College parking lot.


Technical race shirt guaranteed for all runners registered by June 27th.
Pint glass guaranteed for 4 Mile and virtual runners registered by June 13th.

Race Shirts

High-quality technical race shirts with race logo. Available in both Ladies and Unisex styles.
Please see ladies sizing guide here and see unisex sizing guide here.

Race Categories

For the 4 Miler, there will be Overall and Age Group categories for Male and Female. To increase inclusivity and representation for our diverse community running our race, 2022 will see the addition of Non-Binary as a choice for gender. We will have overall prizes for our new Non-Binary category. We also have Team categories as detailed below:

  • Couples
  • Parent/Daughter
  • Parent/Son

Each participant may only enter 1 team category (for example: a parent cannot enter a Parent/Child category and the Couples category).

Both team members must enter the same Team Name when registering for the team event. The team’s name can be any name you choose, but must be the same for both team members (for example: if a father and daughter are entering the Parent/Daughter category, both runners must enter the same team name, e.g. “SMITH” or “JETS” for each runner).

Virtual Run

We also have a Virtual Run option for anyone who cannot make it to the Firecracker 4 Miler on July 4th. This allows you to still get a race shirt and souvenir pint glass while doing your run, wherever you may be on the day. Virtual runners must also pick up their shirt and pint glass at the pre-race pick up times. We cannot mail these out. Results for Virtual runners will not be recorded.


We will be having a medal presentation for all categories after the race. All results will be posted online at We will have souvenir race ribbons for all kids in the Fun Run.

Race Timing

Chip Timing by and Live Results posted as runners cross the finish line. An instant email will go out to each finisher as they finish, so check your email.

We will use a chip timing mat at the start so each runner's timing will begin when they individually cross the starting mat. Your results will be calculated by your chip time only.

Race Entries

All entries will be online this year. We will have no paper forms available for mail-in entries or for day-of registrations. Entries will be open until 8am on the morning of the race. Please signup online before arriving to the race venue or via your phone.

Pre-Race Pickup

Pickup of race shirts, pints, and bibs will be hosted this week at Cougar Headquarters (415 Centennial Ave, Cranford) starting at:

  • Wed, 6/29: 12 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thu: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9:30 am - 2 pm

We strongly recommend that you pick up this week to avoid the crowd on race day. You can have a friend collect your gear for you. 

Race Day Pickup

Day of race pickup of shirts and bibs will begin at 7am. Please have your race bib number available when you come to the pickup area to collect your bib.


Click here to register


Race Results

2022 Results

2021 Results

2020 Results


2022 Race Photo Albums

Fun Run

Pre-Race and Starting Line


Finish line


Partners & Sponsors


Course Overview



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