2017 Firecracker 5K

The Firecracker 5K is a Gold Cup Elite Series Race with the Calumet Region Striders of NWI!


Race Day Registration and Start Time

Race Day: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Onsite registration from 6 a.m. - 7 a.m. at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton

Race starts at 7:30 a.m. - All participants must sign race day waiver; arrive early!

Please Note: To help avoid long lines on race day, please download your waivers ahead of time and send the complete waivers in with Pre-Registration Form. Waivers will also be available onsite at our Service Desk during operating club hours. Please feel free to stop in an complete your race waiver prior to race day.


Parking is available onsite or at the Chesterton Health & Emergency Center. No strollers permitted on the course.


The 5K (3.1 mile) course is a flat tour through the neighborhood adjacent to Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton and will be the same route as in 2016. Strollers and pets are not allowed on the course. Check out the complete course: http://mapitnow.com/?maproute=156246.

A water station will be located at mil 1 & 2 on the course. Refreshments and water will also be available at the end of the race.

RFID Ultra Timing System

Provided by T&H Timing with results posted at the finish line at at http://www.thtiming.com post race. Split times will be called out at each mile.

Apparel/Goody Bags

Guaranteed for pre-registered participants only.

Early packet pick up will be available onsite at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton on Thursday, June 15 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Prizes will be awarded to

  • Overall and Master winners
  • Top (3) Athena and Clydesdale winners
  • Top (3) Male/Female finishers in the age group.

Raffle Prizes

The Firecracker 5K is known around the region as having the best assortment of raffle prizes! Restaurant gift certificates, massages, gift baskets, etc. All race participants get entered to win!

Over $1,000 in prizes to be given away!

Race Day Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the morning of the race. If you are interested, please call Ashlee Johnson, Race Director, at (219) 983-9832, ext. 210 or e-mail: ashlee.johnson@franciscanalliance.org.

Event Photos

Check out photos from the 2016 Firecracker 5K on Facebook!