Red, White & Boom!: 5K

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Red, White & Boom! 5K

Date and Time

Northeast Minneapolis, MN

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All-American Race Features

Great Gear

Participants receive a custom, Brooks® short-sleeve technical shirt, valued at $24.

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Receive a beautifully-crafted event finisher medal, designed locally by Kick!

Course Entertainment

We're recruiting live bands, neighborhood support, great spectator signs, and on-course trivia!

VIP Upgrade

Take race day up a level with VIP. Get more race day amenities, a special gift, extra food, and post-race fun!

Post-Race Food

Enjoy a fun grill-out with hot dogs (veggie option available), drinks, and Old Dutch chips!

Finish Festival

It's a morning full of festive activities including a DJ, photo ops, TCM PR Bell, lawn games, and more!

Evening Fireworks Display

Come back at 6 p.m. to enjoy live music and family activities. The big fireworks show begins at 10 p.m.

Fun Photo Ops

Ring the TCM PR Bell or pose with patriotic props at our finish line photo stop!

2018 RWB Medal

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Cross the finish line and you'll be awarded with a locally-designed 2018 finisher medal, featuring a back panel space for a custom iTAB with your name and time.
Brooks Short Sleeve Technical Shirt

Short Sleeve Tech Shirt

Brooks Running (R) technical shirt, men's and women's sizing available. Check back for the 2018 design!
Race Details
Packet Pick Up

For your convenience, packet pick up is available before the event.

Monday, July 2


9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3


9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

RACE DAY, July 4

Start Area

Starting at 5:15 a.m.

On race day, packet pick up will move to Father Hennepin Bluff Park.

Parking Information

Paid parking is available at a variety of ramps and lots on either side of the river. Half marathon participants are encouraged to park near their start line on the west side of the Mississippi River.

City of Minneapolis metered spaces are not enforced on Independence Day. Please be aware not all metered spaces in Minneapolis are operated by the City; always read the information posted on the meter to be certain.

Be aware that normal parking rules and fees apply and take note of any hooded meters (no parking). Allow for at least 30 minutes of extra time on race morning; Main Street closes to traffic between 3rd Avenue and 6th Avenue at 5 a.m. and reopens at Noon, West River Parkway closes to traffic between Stone Arch Bridge and Plymouth at 6 a.m. and reopens at 11 a.m. and other streets surrounding the start, finish, and course may be blocked. Please plan your route ahead of time and be respectful of private property.

Hotel Information

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot 225 3rd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55401, is approx. .8 mile from the start area and offers a special rate to participants and spectators under the Red, White & Boom! room block.

  • Book your room online or contact Renaissance Reservations at (612) 375-1700 or 866-211-4611 and ask for the Red, White & Boom! room block to get the group rate of $139.00 for a Standard Room by June 4, 2018.

If you are looking to extend your stay pre- or post-current blocks established or are having difficulties in making your reservation(s), please call Kory Kingsbury at (612) 758-3205.


Friends and family are welcome to come to the race, bring a motivational sign, and watch and cheer on participants! As always, please be respectful of private property and do not enter the race course. Pedestrians are permitted to cross the course at intersections where race officials are present to direct foot traffic.


2018 results will be available after the event. 

For results from 2010 - 2016, please click here.

2017 Virtual Results

Run the Virtual Event!

Run the Boom wherever you are this Fourth of July! The virtual event is perfect for:

  • Friends and families who celebrate the holiday at the cabin, out-of-state, or wherever, who want to run in a 4th of July 5K or half marathon from wherever you are (whenever you want).
  • Building out your own holiday race traditions. Maybe you want to run mid-morning and have post-race Bloody Mary's. Maybe you want an early evening race with post-race s’mores. It's totally up to you!
  • Competitive runners – Design your course, race, and submit your finish time to be included in our official, unofficial results!
  • Fun-runners – Win extra SWAG by posting your photos on Instagram with #runtheboom and #rwbvirtual.
  • Service men & women – Participate in this patriotic event from anywhere in the world with special pricing on GovX.

Choose to run anytime after you've registered. Be sure to submit your finish time by July 6 to be included in results.

Learn More!


Check our FAQs!

When should I register?

Registration is open online now!


February 15 - February 21: Online Registration



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


Virtual 5K Registration


February 22 - May 31: Online Registration



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


Virtual 5K Registration


June 1 - June 28: Online Registration



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


Virtual 5K Registration


Race Week Registration: Starting June 29 at 9 a.m.*



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


Virtual 5K Registration


*Registration will close when the field limit is reached.

Registration Notes:

In order for each person to receive registration confirmation, one must provide a unique email address for each unique registration. For example: John and Jane Smith using "smithfamily" for their registrations will only receive one person's confirmation, and one detailed race email.

Prices listed do not include processing fee.

We’re dedicated to providing safe, fun and high-quality events for athletes of all ages and abilities to promote health and fitness. Thank you for your support! 

How do I register for the virtual event?

Follow the registration link at the top of this page to sign up for the Virtual Red, White & Boom! We'll mail you a race bib, participant shirt, finisher medal, and a guide on how to participate in your own virtual race!

How can I see if I'm registered?

Registration confirmation for the Red, White & Boom! is online. Click here to access the search function. Enter your first and/or last name and click Apply to search. Click on your name to view your registration confirmation.

Can I switch from the 5K to another distance?

Registrations may NOT be transferred to the relay, but may be transferred to the half marathon and  registrations for select TCM events may be transferred to another person through the automated TCM transfer process. Registrations may only be transferred within the designated transfer period for each event and within the same event and distance as the original registration. The Red, White & Boom! transfer deadline is Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Additional fees and restrictions may apply including ineligibility of some registrations completed using an invitation code. Once race numbers are assigned, they are never transferable. View step-by-step instructions to begin a transfer. Email with questions.

Can I receive a refund or defer my entry to next year?

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration only. To request a refund, email or call 651-289-7701 within 48 hours of when you submitted your registration. If accepted, you will be refunded your race entry fee; online transaction fees are non-refundable. Deferrals are not permitted.

Can I pick up my friend's packet?

Yes. Please have ready their race number and the correct spelling of the person's name. Registrants will be notified of race numbers in the pre-race email following the end of online registration. Picking up others' packets is limited to FOUR at a time if others are waiting; thanks for understanding. 

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes. If you are unable to pick up your packet before the event, packet pick up will also be available near the start line beginning at 5:30 a.m.

Do I need to run the entire time?

No, you may walk or run at a comfortable pace. Please see the course time limit information for details.