Y Hosting ‘Virtual’ 4th Of July 5K Family Fun Run

Scene from previous Y annual 4th of July Family Fun Run. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

The Family YMCA has held an annual 4th of July Family Fun Run, called the “Firecracker 5K” since 1999, and this year’s will be the 21st event, but in a modified format.

While the Y cannot hold their traditional 5K due to health concerns, in support of healthy living and social responsibility, the Y this year will host its first ever Virtual Firecracker 5K Family Fun June 28 to July 4.

The “fun” walk/run has traditionally drawn all ages and abilities to Los Alamos to compete against the clock. Because this is a virtual race, participants decide when, where, and the distance (5K or 3.1 miles is encouraged but not mandatory).

Not a runner? No problem. Run, walk, jog, or roll – it’s up to you, pick a pace and have fun.

Everyone is invited to participate on their own or with family within the June 28-July 4 week. With a whole week to perform the race, people are asked to adhere to CDC recommended physical distancing guidelines and to avoid trails and walking paths during peak times.

Winner receives a patriotic trophy created by Marcos Salazar.


Y members can register online (laymca.org), by calling the Y at 505.662.3100, or in person (we encourage distance registration if possible). Community members may register by sending an email with the subject 5k and include participant names by June 27 to Y Sports Director Sharleen Espinoza at sespinoza@laymca.org.

This event is free to the entire community, although donations can be made to our Annual Campaign online, laymca.org/donate.


T-shirts will not be handed out this year, however participants will be entered into a lottery drawing for a prize by uploading a photo of you/family members/pets on your fun run with the hashtag, #Y2020Firecracker5k.

The winning photo will be displayed on the Y’s website and social media pages and the winner will receive a pair of Apple AirPods.

Artist Marcos Salazar

Additionally, the winner will be awarded a patriotic trophy created and donated by artist Marcos Salazar, a participant in Los Alamos’ All Individuals First, a nonprofit day program for adults with developmental disabilities.


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