Red, White & Boom!: 5K

Red, White & Boom! 5K

Date and Time

Northeast Minneapolis, MN

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Participants Receive

Great Gear

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

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Receive a beautifully-crafted event finisher medal. The design is a secret until race day!

Course Entertainment

Enjoy the course! Watch for a live band, great spectator signs, big mile markers, and cheering fans!

VIP Upgrade

Take race day up a level: it's $20 and includes more race day amenities, a special gift, additional food, and post-race fun!

Post-Race Food

Enjoy a fun grill-out with hot dogs, Kemps All-American pops and chocolate milk, and Old Dutch chips.

Finish Festival

It's a morning full of festive holiday activities including a slip 'n slide, 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.

Trusted Organization

TCM consistently receives high ratings for superior race day organization and value.


Short Sleeve Tech Shirt

Brooks Running (R) technical shirt, men's and women's sizing available
Sing out the red, white and blue with this patriotic t-shirt!
pint glass

Pint Glass

Enjoy a refreshing post-race beverage in these nifty pint glasses!
RWB VIP Gift 2017


Purchase the VIP Upgrade for just $20 and receive more amenities, post-race food, race access, and a TCM Cooler Tote!
Insulated, polyester tote bag, features a large zippered main compartment and front pocket. It's ideal for a day at the lake!
Exclusive Finisher Medal

Exclusive Finisher Medal

Participants receive a beautifully-designed medal at the finish line to commemorate their race! Customize your medal by adding your name and time with iTAB.
Race Details

2017 Results

2017 Virtual Results

For results from 2010 - 2016, please click here.

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be available the last days before the race.

Sunday, July 2

Twin Cities In Motion office

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Monday, July 3

Twin Cities In Motion office

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

RACE DAY, July 4

Start Area

Starting at 5:15 a.m.

The Twin Cities In Motion office is located at 2635 University Avenue West, Suite 190, St. Paul, MN 55114.

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

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

  • 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 King or Queen/Queen Room July 1 - 6, 2017 or book your group rate for Red, White & Boom! online by June 4, 2017.

The Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot, 425 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401, is up to .7 miles from start lines and offers a special rate to participants and spectators under the Red, White & Boom! room block.

  • Contact Residence Inn Reservations at (612) 340-130 or (800) 331-3131 and ask for the Red, White & Boom! Room Block to get the group rate of $139.00 or book your group rate of $139.00 for a Standard Studio Queen Suite or One Bedroom Queen Suite July 1 - 6, 2017 or book your group rate Standard Studio Queen or One Bedroom Queen Suite for Red, White & Boom! online by June 4, 2017.

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.

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?

Online registration will be available until field fills or Wednesday, June 28. If the race isn't sold out, in person registration will be available at Packet Pick Up and on race day.

February 2 - February 6: Online Registration



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


February 7 - May 31: Online Registration



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


June 1 - June 28: Online Registration



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


July 2 and July 3: In-Person Registration at Packet Pick Up*



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


July 4 (Race Day): In Person Registration*



5K Kid's Registration (12 and under)


*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!

Registration ended Thursday, June 15.

How can I see if I'm registered?

Registration confirmation is available online. Click here to access the search function.

Can I switch from the 5K to another distance?

Registrations may NOT be transferred to another distance, but race 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 June 7. 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or call 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.