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Folsom Firecracker

OVERVIEW

Registration for 2024 is now open!

Join us for our 13th Annual Folsom Firecracker. It is a great way to kick off the 4th of July before your festivities with family and friends.

EVENT INFORMATION

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2024

Start & Finish Location: Lake Natoma Bike Trails, 145 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630

Start Times:
7:45 a.m. – 10K
7:50 a.m. – 5K
8:00 a.m. – 2 Mile
9:00 a.m. – Kids Fun Run

Packet Pick-Up

Where?  Fleet Feet Folsom, 6610 Folsom-Auburn Rd, Folsom, CA 95630
When?  Sunday, June 30, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Race Day Pick Up Offered- Thursday, July 4th Beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Note: We suggest arriving one hour prior to your race start time if you are picking up your packet on race day.

Venue Address

Lake Natoma Bike Trails, 145 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630

Venue Map

Parking (free) is available in the surrounding corporate parks of Parkshore Drive. Please be mindful of no parking signs. Arrive early to find a space.

Course Maps

 

REGISTRATION

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Registration for 2024 is open. Register here. 
  • All registration is handled online and entry fees are based on date of entry, distance chosen, and entry type. A youth discount (ages 1-17) and US Military (Active Duty or Veteran) discount is available. Military discount does not extend to spouses or children. 
  • A processing fee – which covers the costs to the online registration provider and the merchant cards (VISA, Mastercard, etc) will apply to all entries processed online with a credit card.
  • Cash will be accepted at packet pick up and on race day.

ENTRY FEES

Fees include:
For the 2 Mile, 5K, and 10K includes a race t-shirt, chip timing, eligibility for age group & special division awards, and a sparkly red-white-and-blue finisher’s medal.
For the Kids Run entry includes a bib number and finisher medal (race is not timed). A t-shirt may be added to the entry for $5

5K

$45
($35: Ages 1-17)
8:10AM Start Time

10K

$45
($35: Ages 1-17)
8:10AM Start Time

Half Marathon

$65
8:00AM Start Time

2K

$37
($20: Ages 1-17)
9:00AM Start Time

Virtual Participant

$45
Your t-shirt and finisher medal will be mailed

Support Runner or Sighted Guide for Adaptive Entrant

$12
To learn more click the “Register Here” button below

5K (7:50 a.m. Start)

  • Standard adult entry: $38 by May 10, $43 from May 11 to June 7, $48 from June 8 to June 30, $53 from July 1 to July 4.
  • Youth entry (ages 17 and under): Save $5 on above fees.
  • Discounted entry for US Military: $20 by June 7, $25 from June 8 to July 4. Available to active duty/reserves or veterans of any branch of the US Armed Forces.

10K (7:45 a.m. Start)

  • Standard adult entry: $43 by May 10, $48 from May 11 to June 7, $53 from June 8 to June 30, $58 from July 1 to July 4.
  • Youth entry (ages 17 and under): Save $5 on above fees.
  • Discounted entry for US Military: $20 by June 7, $25 from June 8 to July 4. Available to active duty/reserves or veterans of any branch of the US Armed Forces.

2 Mile (8:00 a.m. Start)

  • Standard adult entry: $33 by May 10, $38 from May 11 to June 7, $43 from June 8 to June 30, $48 from July 1 to July 4.
  • Youth entry (ages 17 and under): Save $5 on above fees.
  • Discounted entry for US Military: $20 by June 7, $25 from June 8 to July 4. Available to active duty/reserves or veterans of any branch of the US Armed Forces.

Kids Fun Run (Ages 1-10) (9:00 a.m. Start)

  • $15 by May 10, $18 from May 11 to June 7, $21 from June 8 to July 4.
  • Add $5 to above fee for race t-shirt.

10K and 5K Virtual Participant

  • $38 by May 10, $43 from May 11 to June 7, $48 from June 8 to June 30.
  • T-shirt and medal is mailed approx. July 5-8 if not picked up at Packet Pick Up.

*Please note that the prices above do not include the processing fee applied when you register online

AWARDS, AGE GROUP, & SPECIAL DIVISIONS

Overall Awards will be presented to the top three finishers per gender.

Overall awards placement will be based on Gun Time.

Awards will be presented to the top overall male, female, and nonbinary finishers (based on gun time) plus the top three finishers per gender (based on net time) in the following age categories

Overall winners will also receive their age group prize. Unclaimed awards are not mailed. Age group award winners who do not pick up their medal on race day may pick it up in-person at Fleet Feet Folsom from July 6 to July 24.

All age division awards will be determined based on placement by net (elapsed) time.

Age groups are as follows:

  •  5K: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, and 90+.
  • 10K: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
  • 2 Mile: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Special Divisions: During registration, 5K and 10K entrants will have the chance to enter one of our Special Divisions for your race distance. Special divisions are:

  • Adaptive Athlete (athletes with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities);
  • US Military – Active Duty/Reserves or Veteran
  • Baby Jogger/Stroller
  • First Responder / Law Enforcement
  • City of Folsom Resident

There will be prizes for top finishers in each special division (based on net time) and you will still be ranked in your respective age group if you enter a special division.

This is an optional category that you may enter in addition to your age group. Those entering a special division will still be eligible for age group awards and will still be ranked and listed in age group results. You may enter only one special division.

 

More Information

Adaptive Athlete Division

  • You may enter this division if you are an athlete with physical, developmental, and/or an intellectual disability. Some examples are: visually impaired, wheelchair athlete, limb difference, developmental/intellectual delayed/disability, modified racing wheelchair (“duo team”), etc.  Rankings will be based on net (chip) time.

Baby Jogger Division

  • This division is for parents, guardians and caregivers who will be pushing an infant or todder in a stroller or baby jogger.
  • If more than one person will be running/walking with a stroller, only ONE should enter the baby jogger division.
  • Children in strollers do not need to be registered; however will not receive a t-shirt or medal.
  • Rankings will be based on net (chip) time.
  • Those participating with strollers must start toward the back at the start line. Starting toward the front is not safe for either you or those around you and we do not want to encourage weaving.
  • If you would like to run a very fast pace and start toward the front, we suggest not participating with a stroller.
  • The top three finishers per gender (based on the adult pushing the stroller) will be awarded a prize.

ENTRY RULES

Refund/Cancellation Policy: All entries are NON-REFUNDABLE and are NON-TRANSFERABLE to another event. This event will occur rain or shine.

Transfers to Another Individual: If you wish to transfer your entry to a friend or family member in the case that you become injured or cannot otherwise attend, it MUST be done on or before 11:59 PM on June 27, 2024. There is no fee to transfer to a friend/family member but your request must be completed online through your runsignup account. Doing so via your runsignup account will send an email to your friend, who may then accept the transfer request and provide their information, shirt size and agree to the liability waiver. No phone, fax or in person requests for entry transfers.  The person to whom you are transferring your entry must complete the request on or before 11:59 PM on June 28, 2024.

Changing Race Divisions: Few companies allow this to occur as it could alter or delay the overall results, however, we at ACoP are different. Participants can only change their race distance if you email us before the day of the event at acopfoundation@gmail.comPlease note: Our NO REFUND policy still applies. (This includes no refunds on the price difference)

Course Etiquette: Due to majority of the course being on a bike path we ask participants to be respectful of those around you. We view our course as you would a freeway; slower paced runners and walkers on the right to give faster paced participants room to pass on the left.

Dogs and Strollers: All strollers and dogs must start towards the back. Dogs must be well-behaved, on non-retractable leashes, comfortable in crowds and around other dogs, and not prone to jumping or barking when excited.

The event will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, located here in Sacramento County off Hwy. 50 adjacent to the UC Davis Med Center. Shriners Children’s mission statement is to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.

VOLUNTEERS

At A Change of Pace, we consider our volunteers the backbone of each event.  From registration and finish line volunteers, to water station and course monitors, each person fulfills a critical role in both the safety and success of the race. 

Volunteering at a running event can be fun and intrinsically rewarding while providing the opportunity to be a part of the community and meet new people. There are roles for people of most ages and backgrounds and no experience is necessary! 

For the Folsom Firecracker, we have volunteer opportunities available for those looking to:

  • Volunteer and give back to the local community
  • Fulfill required community service hours (school, sorority, etc.)
  • Participate in our popular “Race for Free” Race Voucher Program to promote volunteerism
  • Fundraise for a non-profit, youth organization, sports team or club, or other charitable organization 

Individuals can sign up to volunteer here. To sign up as a group, or for questions, please contact Maya Miramontes.

Our popular Race Voucher Program provides the opportunity to volunteer and then subsequently participate in one of our events at no charge. This program was set up several years ago for two reasons: (1) to encourage runners and walkers to volunteer at running races, and (2)  to ensure that we provide people facing financial hardship an avenue to participate in running and walking events without paying the entry fee. 

Race vouchers (provided as unique coupon codes) are only available for certain volunteer tasks and space is limited. Be sure to check that the assignment you are signing up for is marked as “Voucher Eligible.”  People volunteering in the early morning on race day, for assignments such as site set-up or registration, may use their voucher to participate in the event on the same day at the conclusion of their shift (if desired).  Vouchers will be valid for all A Change of Pace events in the same calendar year from the date of that event onward, unless otherwise stated. Your voucher will list the eligible races. Vouchers are transferable and you may gift yours to another person. 

Please note that people participating in our Race for Free Voucher Program cannot simultaneously participate in another volunteer program, such as fundraising. 

Questions? Please contact Maya Miramontes

A Change of Pace provides opportunities throughout the year for fundraising to local organizations. This is a popular program with youth groups, youth sports teams, collegiate sports clubs, and non-profit organizations. By volunteering at the Folsom Firecracker, your members can support their local running community and raise money for your cause at the same time.  Donations from A Change of Pace to your organization are based upon the number of volunteers and the timeframe of your group’s commitment to help at the event. 

Fundraising groups must be ten people or more to participate in the program. Space and funds are limited for each event, so please sign up early. For more information or to sign up, please contact Maya Miramontes

SPONSORSHIP/VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES

Each event ACoP produces is unique and offers a specific marketing demographics for active individuals and then some. Our regional grassroot events provide a highly visible opportunity to show case your product or to promote your services in a face to face way. 

Depending on your specific needs, we have several marketing and advertising opportunities that can be customizable to enable your business to become seen on a local/regional level.

Booth/Vendor Opportunities

BOOTH/VENDOR SPACE.

Booth/vendor space is available at every event we produce. Each space includes a 10’x10’ space enabling you showcase your product/service to the entire field of athletes. 

Click here to reserve a booth: Booth sign up will open soon!

A Change of Pace produces some of the most well-organized and produced grassroot and community-based running events in the region. The manner to which these events are designed, they serve as a perfect opportunity for a business to directly interact with health-oriented consumers.

Regardless of your company’s size, we’re always eager to hear from you and what you are looking to achieve. Each event is unique in their own manner; therefore, we have different levels of sponsorship opportunities to fit your marketing budget. We have both a standard baseline package and/or one that we can customize to fit your needs.

PLATINUM Sponsor $1,500
*Large prominent logo on back of t-shirt (6”)
*Up to 8 Banners prominently displayed adjacent to Start/finish line  (provided by sponsor)

*flyers/postcards/business cards available for display at Registration and Results tents
*Prominent recognition on Event specific web page

*Prominent recognition on all Event e-blasts (upon signing of contract agreement)
*Ten complimentary race registrations

GOLD Sponsor $1,000
*Large logo on back of t-shirt (4”)
*Up to 4 Banners displayed at event (provided by sponsor)
*Major recognition on Event specific web page
*Recognition in pre-race confirmation(sent to all registered participants)
*Five Complimentary race registrations

SILVER Sponsor $500
* Medium logo on back of t-shirt (2”)
* Recognition in pre-race confirmation(sent to all registered participants)
*Three complimentary race registrations

BRONZE Sponsor $200
*Recognition on Event specific web page
*Two complimentary race registrations

All Above Sponsors Silver level and above will receive:
*Link and Logo on Event Specific Sponsor page

*Complimentary 10×10 booth space
*Opportunity to advertise in pre-race confirmation blast (ss)
*Announcements at Race by announcer (Qty depends on Sp. level)

 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE:

Don’t see certain items that are important to you? Want to include a unique feature that will enhance your business/company/product?  Why not shoot for the moon! Email davem@changeofpace.com

SUPPORTING Sponsor less than $250 (In-Kind or cash equivalent)

*Name/logo on event specific webpage
*Recognition on post event recap/special thanks e-blast

IN-KIND Donations
If your company would like to make a donation of a product or services, please contact Maya at maya@changeofpace.com

Organizers gratefully accept any merchandise or gift certificates that can be given as raffle prizes.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DEADLINES

  • Deadline for top tier sponsorships (bronze to Platinum) are 60 days prior to each Race.

 All t-shirt eligible Sponsors-ALL logos must be received 3 weeks prior to event day.  All logos must come in a Vector/EPS/Jpeg format. If no logo is provided, your business/product will be typeset on the t-shirt. If you have any questions or issues uploading, please contact Dave at davem@changeofpace.com.

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Maya Miramontes

Volunteer and Site Coordinator

Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

Alec Miramontes

Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.

Dave Miramontes

Executive Director

Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

Jeannine Henderson

Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer

Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.

Jennifer Miramontes

Board Member

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.