The Family YMCA To Host Virtual July 4 Family Fun Run

IMG_6181This year’s July 4th Firecracker 5K run will be held virtually. Courtesy photo


The Family YMCA has held an annual 4th of July Family Fun Run, called the “Firecracker 5K” since 1999, and this year’s will be the 21st event, but in a modified format. While the Y cannot hold their traditional 5K due to health concerns, in support of healthy living and social responsibility, the Y this year will host its first ever Virtual Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run during the time frame from June 28-July 4.

The “fun” walk/run has traditionally drawn all ages and abilities to Los Alamos to compete against the clock. Because this is a virtual race, participants decide when, where, and the distance (5K or 3.1 miles is encouraged but not mandatory). Not a runner? No problem. Run, walk, jog, or roll – it’s up to you, pick a pace and have fun.

Everyone is invited to participate on their own or with family within the June 28-July 4 week. With a whole week to perform the race, people are asked to please adhere to CDC recommended physical distancing guidelines and to avoid trails and walking paths during peak times.


Y members can register online (, by calling the Y at 662-3100, or in person (we encourage distance registration if possible). Community members may register by sending an email with the subject 5k and include participant names by June 27, to Y Sports Director, Sharleen Espinoza, at

This event is free to the entire community, although donations can be made to our Annual Campaign online,


T-shirts will not be handed out this year, however participants will be entered into a lottery drawing for a prize by uploading a photo of you/family members/pets on your fun run with the hashtag, #Y2020Firecracker5k. The winning photo will be displayed on the Y’s website and social media pages and the winner will receive a pair of Apple AirPods. 

Additionally, the winner will be awarded a patriotic trophy created and donated by artist Marcos Salazar, a participant in Los Alamos’ All Individuals First, a nonprofit day program for adults with developmental disabilities.