Today's Events are Cancelled Due to Lightning Storms

Today's Events are Cancelled Due to Lightning Storms (Jul 4, 4:20 a.m.)

After consultation with the National Weather Service, Red, White & Boom!, presented by Summit Brewing Company, and the TC Kids Sparkler Dash have been cancelled due to severe storms with high winds and significant lightning forecast for downtown Minneapolis from 8 a.m. to noon this morning. 

Although Twin Cities In Motion has a “no refund” policy and requires registrants to check a box during the registration policy confirming their awareness of the policy, Red, White & Boom! runners who paid for their entry will receive a $10 credit. Expect to receive credit codes and complete details for use by email by July 31. 

All registrants may pick up their participant shirt and/or medal at the Twin Cities In Motion office from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 12-15. 

We are disappointed to be unable to host today’s event for you, but safety of participants and volunteers will always be Twin Cities In Motion’s primary concern.

=== Previous update ===

Important Weather Update (Jul 3, 7:30 p.m.) 

The weather forecast for tomorrow morning’s Red, White & Boom!, presented by Summit Brewing Company, continues to anticipate lightning storms as well as hot and humid conditions for the event. Participants are urged to monitor weather conditions on race morning and follow instructions of race officials while on site. 

Lightning May Cause Delays or Cancellation – According to the National Weather Service, lightning storms are possible during event set-up and during the running of races. The situation could prompt delays to the event’s start time or even cancellation, if the safety of staff, volunteers or participants is at risk. The Red, White & Boom! event permit allows 30 minutes to delay the event.

Heat & Humidity Concerns  - With race-time temperatures forecast between 72 and 80 degrees with dew points in the upper 60s to 72 degrees under partly cloudy skies, we anticipate a start-time Event Alert System (EAS) flag color of YELLOW (Caution: Less Than Ideal Conditions) for the event, with a high likelihood of progressing to RED (Extreme Caution: Potentially Dangerous Conditions) during the race. 

Please familiarize yourself with our medical team's advice for running in hot and humid weather, including: 

  • Drink enough fluid to keep your urine light yellow in color  
  • Dress in light-weight fabrics that wick away sweat  
  • Lower your race pace expectations, make finishing strong your goal  
  • Use fluid stations to stop to drink and pour water on yourself  
  • Monitor your physical well-being, be prepared to slow down or stop  

At the event, participants are urged to: 

  • Slow their pace and be prepared for worsening conditions.   
  • Be prepared for worsening conditions.  
  • Observe EAS flag colors at the two fluid stations. 
  • Drink extra fluids if you are thirsty or sweating heavily 
  • Those with previous heat stress problems or heart disease should consider not starting the race. 

On race day, EAS flags will be positioned at the start line and along the course at fluid stations. Please familiarize yourself with the EAS flag colors, prepare properly for varying weather conditions and remain alert for instruction from event officials in the case of changing conditions. Also, please familiarize yourself with the Red, White & Boom! course map, including the location of fluid stations.  

Twin Cities In Motion will continue to monitor conditions with the support of the National Weather Service and will communicate further updates via email, at, on the Twin Cities In Motion app (download here). 

Twin Cities In Motion’s primary concern is for the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators and the community at large. We’re looking forward to organizing a great race day experience for all our participants. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for running with us.  

Expect further email communication on event status before 5 a.m. on Monday, July 4.