Q. What Is The Course?
A. The race begins on Brownsville Road by Brentwood Towne Square and rolls out and back along Brownsville Road which is the same route as the Fourth of July Parade. Check out a map of this year's course online!
Q. We Would Like To Sponsor This Year's 5k. Where Can We Find Information on Sponsorship Opportunities?
A. Right here. Download our Sponsorship Opportunities.
Q. Where Can I Find The Race Results?
A. The results will be posted here on our website. Unofficial results can also be obtained via text (option available to those registering online). Results from prior years can be found at
Q. I'm A Walker or Slow Runner, Can I Still Participate?
A. YES!! All are welcome and encouraged to participate. We do ask that if you plan on walking that you adhere to a minimum of a 15 minute/mile pace. The race course needs to be clear of all 5k participants no later than 10AM for the start of the annual 4th of July Parade. If you feel that you will not make that time limit, we ask for your safety that you get off of the road and switch to the sidewalks to complete your race.
Q. Are Strollers Permitted On The Race Course?
A. Yes, we pride ourselves on making this a family friendly event. However, we do ask that you kindly move to the back of the start line, to avoid congestion.
Q. Where Can I Park?
A. You can park on local side streets. Also, limited parking is available in the rear parking lot only of John F. Slater Funeral Home located near the intersection of Route 51 and Brownsville Road.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! Our friends at Brentwood Towne Square are sponsoring a shuttle bus for runners! Beginning at 6:30AM and running a loop through 11:30AM - Parking and shuttle service to Brentwood Towne Square (lower level) will be available at the following locations:
Businesses in Brentwood Towne Square WILL be open for business so there is no parking for the race in their parking lot.
Q. Will Pacing Be Available?
A. Yes! We are excited to announce that Steel City Road Runners will be providing a pace team for this year's 5k with the following times: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00
Q. Still Have A Question That Needs Answered?
A. If you have any questions that we have not answered above, please send an email to email@example.com and someone from the committee will get back to you as soon as we are able.
Q. Where/When Will I Get My Race Chip?
A. We will be using Chronotrack B Tag race chips again (attached to your race bib), and they will be distributed with your race packet.
Q. How Does The Timing System Work?
A. We will be using a Light Speed Race Management again this year. Start AND finish mats will be provided again to electronically monitor your race time. Therefore, your clock time may not match up with your actual real results. Real time results will be available on site and online. "Unofficial" Instant results will also be available on your phone (via text message & social media updates) and at the finish kiosks. Results will also be posted online.
Q. Do You Need Volunteers?
A. Absolutely! It takes many people to have a successful race. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities on race day in the Brentwood Towne Square area to help with registration, packet pickup, bib/shirt distribution, finish line activities and plenty more. We can provide verification of service hours for those anyone who needs community service hours. All volunteers also get a t-shirt. If interested, please fill out our contact form.
Q. Where Can I Get a Paper Application?
A. We strongly encourage you to help us be GREEN and register online. It helps eliminate clerical errors and any delays in registration! However, paper applications will be available here on our website in late May.
Q. When Will Applications Be Available?
A. We will have paper applications available in late May/early June. Online Registration will be open in February and we encourage you to register online to eliminate spelling errors, help the environment, save money on entry fees, eliminate delays, and guarantee your entry!
Q. How Do I Register?
A. You can do so online or you may send your paper application (in late May/early June - once available) with a check for payment payable to the Brentwood Firecracker 5k in c/o Brentwood Library at 3501 Brownsville Road Pgh., PA 15227. Applications and payment can also be hand carried to the library. All paper applications must be RECEIVED by June 25th to qualify. Participants can also continue to register online through race day, or in person during packet pickup times (see About The Race for details). Participants can also register on race morning between 7AM and 8:30AM in Brentwood Towne Square but are strongly encouraged to register early online, as this WILL be a sell out race!
Q. How Do I Qualify For The Discounted Race Fee?
A. Entrants must pre register before the Early Bird deadline online to qualify for the discounts.
Q. When And Where Do I Get My Packet?
A. Packets can be picked up in person at various locations the week leading up to the race. Packets will also be available at Brentwood Towne Square on race day from 7AM to 9AM.