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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
RSVP to the Fireworks 4 Miler on Facebook to stay up to date on additional race details as they are announced.
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
Stay tuned for the reveal of the 4 Mile course!
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!
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!