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Festive family fun to kick off the Independence Day celebrations! Join us at the biggest patriotic party in the Sarasota area for a festive 4 Mile Race around the lake at Nathan Benderson Park, just before sunset and the annual fireworks display. Experience the feel of a major race with crowds cheering you on as you celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic themed race just before sundown. All participants will receive a race shirt, finisher's medal, glow gear and the support of a cheering crowd all along the lake at Nathan Benderson Park. Top 100 male and 100 female finishers will be awarded a commemorative prize. Bands at the starting and finish line, plus food and beverages at the after party a spectacular fireworks show make this race an event not to be missed. Come early for the Kids' Dashes at 6:30pm and get the whole family involved in the summer fun. 

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Fireworks 4 Miler

Price changes in 4 days 13 hours
  • Sunset 4 miles around the lake for chip-timed runners! Gun starts at 7pm and all participants receive a chip timed bib, race shirt, finisher's medal and glow gear!

    1. $35.00
      Now registering Jun 1 – Jun 30
    2. $40.00
      Jul 1 – Jul 3

Kids Dash

Kids' Dash Distances (by age): 100 Meters (3-4 years old) 200 Meters (5-6 years old) 400 Meters (7-9 Years old) 800 Meters (10-12 Years Old). Kids 12 and under participating in the 5K can run the Kids Dash for free!

  1. $20.00
    Jan 12 - Jul 3

4 Mile Walk

Price changes in 4 days 13 hours
  • Walk the 4 mile course at your own pace and join in the fireworks festivities after the race. Walkers will be untimed, but still receive a race shirt and finisher's medal!

    1. $20.00
      Jan 12 – May 31
    2. $25.00
      Now registering Jun 1 – Jun 30
    3. $30.00
      Jul 1 – Jul 3

Virtual 4 Miler

Can't make it out on race day, but still want to participate? Run the Virtual 4 Miler and receive the finisher's medal and official race shirt. Virtual participants are not eligible for top finisher prizes. *Virtual participants who sign up after June 26th may receive their packet after July 3rd. Participants registering after June 26th may receive their race packet after July 3rd. Please note virtual packets can only be shipped within the United States, international shipping is not available at this time.

  1. $40.00
    Jan 12 - Jul 3

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Packet Pick Up Schedule

Fit2Run Downtown Sarasota

Sunday June 30th 12pm-4pm

Monday July 1st 12pm-7pm

Fit2Run UTC

Tuesday July 2nd 12pm-7pm

Race Day at Nathan Benderson Park

Wednesday July 3rd 4pm-7pm

Race Day Schedule

4:00pm: Parking Opens. Parking is $5 per vehicle in the park, or free at UTC Mall

4pm-6:45pm: Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup

6:10pm: Kids Dash Warm Up

6:30pm: Kids Dash

6:40pm: Runner's Warm Up

7pm: 4 Mile Race Starts

7:30-9:30pm: After Party

9pm: Fireworks

Race Course

Stay tuned for the reveal of the 4 Mile course!

After Party

Finish the race and stay for the Fireworks Over the Lake! Bands are performing on the island from 7pm-10pm and fireworks start at 9pm. Food and beverages will be available to purchase, but all race participants will have a ticket on their bib for a free drink! 

Holiday Race Challenge


Fireworks 4 Miler is the second of 3 races in the Holiday Race Challenge. Participate in all 3 races at Nathan Benderson Park and be awarded a special medal at the finish line of the final race. Register for the challenge prior to 3/16 and get an exclusive tri-blend long sleeve shirt celebrating the Holiday Challenge. 

Learn more and sign up for the Challenge here!

Contact Information

Event Location

Nathan Benderson Park, Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL, USA

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