General

Q: What is the last day to register online?
A: Online registration on the LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K website via Racewire closes on Monday, February, 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM. An online registration fee also applies.

Q: When is the last day to register by mail?
A: Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by 2/4/2017. After this date, you must register in person either on February 11 or 12, 2016. Click 2017 Mail-in Registration to download the mail-in registration form.

Q: Is there same day registration?
A: Yes, you can register on the day of the event. Bike day-of registration opens at 7:30 AM, Race day registration starts at 6 AM.

Q: Can I register on Saturday for the Sunday Race?
A: Yes, you can register on Saturday February 11, 2017 for the Firecracker 5/10K from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Q:What is the on-site fee?
A: The on-site registration fee is $55 per applicant.

Q: What’s the policy on refunds for registration fees?
A: All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. You may not give or sell your registration to another individual – if you do this it could result in your disqualification as well as that of the runner who uses your race number. The entry fee for this year’s event will NOT transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policies stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. There are NO exceptions. Any inquiry regarding this policy will be directed back to this page. The LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10k/kiddie runs/bike rides rain or shine.

Q: Where are the restrooms?
A: At the start, there are portable restrooms, location TBD .

Q: Can I purchase an extra short sleeve t-shirt?
A: If you would like to purchase a short sleeve t-shirt, go to the Firecracker store. On event weekend, inquire at our t-shirt sales booth.

Bike Ride

Q: Is there same day registration? If yes, how early can I register?
A: Yes, you can register on the day of the event. Bike day-of registration opens at 7:30 AM. The on-site registration fee is $50 per applicant. We encourage you to register early to avoid missing the start, but it’s not a race.

Q: When will I get my numbered bib?
A: Bibs will be issued at registration. Make sure to complete the correct emergency contact info when you register.

Q: Is there a goodie bag for this event? Can I pick up the goodie bag after I finish the ride?
A: Yes. Goodie bags, t-shirt and medal will be available after the ride. (However, you may want to pick up your goodie bag and t-shirt before the ride to guarantee your size.) There will a booth near the refreshment area to pick up your items. There will be a free Bag Check next to the Goodie Bag Booth.

Q: Will there be a bag check-in service for Bike Ride on Saturday?
A: Yes. There will be a free bag check for all registered Bike Ride participants. You may pick up your Goodie Bag before the start of the ride, check it in (with any additional items you may have that fit inside the Goodie Bag), and claim your Goodie Bag after you complete your bike ride. Any items not claimed by 2:30pm will be donated. Firecracker assumes no responsibility or liability to any lost and/or damaged items.

Q: Will the rides be cancelled in the event of a rain?
A: No. The rides will go rain or shine.

Q: Can I change my ride from 20 mile to the longer 30 mile ride or vice versa?
A: Yes. The 30 Mile Ride starts at 9:00 AM. The 20 Mile Ride will start at 9:15 AM. Please contact registration@firecracker10K.

Q: What is the latest bike ride packet pick-up time?
A: We recommend you arrive on site by 7:30 AM to avoid long lines. Please plan to pick up your packet no later than 15 minutes before the rides begin. You can pick up your Goodie Bag after the ride if you choose.

Q: Do I need to wear a helmet?
A: Yes. Bike helmets are mandatory on our rides.

Q: Is there an address I can use for the start line?
A: You can use 900 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012 as a “close-enough” address.

Q: Where is the start line?
A: Proceed to the east side of N. Broadway, next to the corner of College St. and N. Broadway.

Q: Where are the restrooms?
A: At the start, there will be portable restrooms. There will also be portable facilities at each rest stop. Feel free to use public restrooms along the route.

Q: How long will it take to complete the rides?
A: Estimated times: 20 mile ride; 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours; 30 mile ride; 2-4 hrs.

Q: Are there bike monitors on course?
A: Yes, there will be monitors on both rides.

Q: What do I do if I have equipment trouble and need help?
A: A sweep truck will be available to pick you up for a ride back to Chinatown.

Q: How is the course marked?
A: Look for posted turn arrows at all turns. They will be posted on both routes..

Q: How will I stay on the route?
A: Pay attention to directional arrow signage at key intersections. Review and download the online map (when available) for reference. Check back often for last minute revisions.

Q: Do I have to maintain a minimum speed?
A: Ride at a safe pace. This is not a race. If you ride a pace of 9 mph, that should be sufficient for the 20 mile ride.

Q: Will streets be closed to vehicle traffic?
A: No. All of 20 Mile Ride will be on the streets for 2016, so  you will be riding on public streets with other traffic. Please follow traffic rules. Be aware of other riders and surrounding vehicles. Ride safely.

Q: Are there refreshments on the ride?
A: Yes, there will be a rest/refreshment stop on both routes.. At the finish, enjoy a post-ride Carbo-Load meal. Yes, we know this is backwards, but it works if you have an appetite.

Q: What will be at the rest stop?
A: Water, fruit, Gatorade, and porta potties.

Q: What shall I do if my bike breaks down?
A: Be prepared with spare tubes, air and basic bike tools. Ride monitors on bikes and/or vehicles will carry spare tubes. If you cannot ride back to the start finish area…call (626) 600-6903…we will have a van pick you up.

Q: What if I get lost?
A: Hopefully, our ride map will provide good backup instructions. The maps will be available at the registration area.. Emergency numbers will be included should you have an equipment failure or need first aid.

Q: What if I get too tired to complete the ride?
A: Be prepared. The short ride is mostly flat with a few rolling hills (beginner to intermediate level). The long ride features a challenging course (advanced riders recommended). If you cannot complete the ride for any reason, a sweep truck will pick you up at the approx. completion time (see above)./…call (626) 600-6903 for help.

Q: What if I get injured on the course, is emergency treatment available?
A: An EMT vehicle and technicians are available (two vehicles per ride). Call (626) 600-6903 for help.

Q: Where is the finish line?
A: Follow directional signs into Chinatown Central Plaza.

Q: What should/can I do after completing the ride?
A: Follow course signs. You can use the bike valet service provided by the L.A. County Bike Coalition, pick up your Goodie Bag, enjoy the complimentary Carbo-Load meal (please make sure you still have your bib).

Q: Can I park my bike after the ride?
A: Of course. The L.A. County Bike Coalition is providing a complimentary Bike Valet service. They will park and secure your bike which will allow you to roam around…. To self-park, bring a suitable bike restraint. There are random chain link fences in the area. Do not secure your bike to a store front gate or to a stranger’s bike. .

Q: Can I ride my bike in Central Plaza?
A: Only to complete the ride into the refreshment and/or the bike valet area. Thereafter, please walk your bike after completing the ride.

5/10K Walk/Run

Q: Are the races chip timed?

A:Yes, there is a disposable chip attached to the back of the bib. Your time is individual and not the same as what may be displayed on the clock.
Q: Will there be a check-in area service?
A: Yes. Free bag check-in will only be provided to registered run/walk participants who show their valid Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket on February 12, 2017. Any items not claimed by 11:00 AM will be donated. Firecracker assumes no responsibility or liability to any lost and/or damaged items.

Q: Where/when do I pick-up my packet?
A: Race packets (race bib/ timing chip, participant shirt, goodie bag) will be available for pick-up on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Central Plaza in Chinatown located at 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Take advantage of the Metro Gold Line (Chinatown Station exit) half a block from the event site. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.446.3876). For detailed times, please visit the event schedule.

Q: Do you have a race day packet pick-up?
A: Yes. We recommend participants arrive on-site before 8:00 AM to avoid large crowds and long lines. The 5K run/walk begins at 8:00 AM (RUN) and 8:05 AM (WALK) and the 10K run begins at 8:45 AM. Priority will be given to pre-registered runners/walkers, but please plan to pick-up your packet no later than 15 minutes before the start of your event to avoid any delay.

Q: Can a friend pick up my race bib and t-shirt?
A: To ensure a registered participant receives event information and race materials (bib and souvenir t-shirt), we require a written note by the registered participant indicating their authorization for pick-up by another individual. Information should include full name, address, age, sex and signature. If a waiver form is not on file (no signature), the participant will have to be physically present and complete the form before receiving race materials. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Q: What is the option on my application to run both 5k and 10k courses?
A: There is a 45 minute difference between the start of each event, and participants can choose to run both events. If you can complete the 5K within 45 minutes, you can run again in the 10k event and receive an official time. Indicate this choice on your application form. There is a $20 additional charge to run both events (you will receive two bibs). Only one shirt will be given.

Q: What if I want to change races?
A: You may contact registration@firecracker10k.org or inform the person at solutions that you would like to change races.

Q: What if I’m pre-registered but can’t attend the event?
A: At the conclusion of our race, all no-show registered participants will have the opportunity to pick-up their bib and t-shirt from us at an announced date.

Q: Can I run the race if I am not registered?
A: We discourage non-register runners, and if you must run without registering, you should leave the race course before the finish line to avoid disrupting our registered runners and finish timers.

Q: What is the street closure situation on Sat. and Sun. near the event site (L.A. Chinatown)?
A: On Saturday, 2/11/17, (Bike Ride) North Broadway, from College Street North to Bernard Street will be closed from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM. On Sunday, 2/12/17, (5/10K Run, Walk, Kiddie Run) North Broadway from Alpine Street North to Pasadena Avenue will be closed from 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM. All the streets along the 5/10K routes will be closed.

Q: Is there an address I can use for the start/finish line?
A: You can use 945 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012 as a “close-enough” address.

Q: Where can I park my car or my bike on Sunday?
A: Arrive in Chinatown by 7 AM to park on the street (free on Sunday, but read the signs for changes) or in several commercial parking lots in the area. Note: North Broadway, from College St north to the Elysian Park entrance will be closed to vehicle traffic. Take advantage of the Metro Gold Line (Chinatown Station exit) half a block from the event site.For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).

Or there is free bike valet service (with your bib – check in with registration first before heading to bike valet) that will be available from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please claim your bike before 12:00 pm. The bike parking lot is located south of  College and Broadway – look for posted banners to direct you to the lot. Bike valet is first-come, first-served, so please come early to check in your bike and show your bib. No bib, no bike valet service…

If bike valet fills up, you will need to secure your bike with a lock elsewhere at your own risk.

Q: Will there be refreshments at the finish line?
A: Yes, there will be plenty of refreshments and drinks for all registered participants (don’t lose your race bib). In addition, there may be booth vendors serving food and beverage samples.

Q: Are strollers and wheelchairs allowed?
A: Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted. However, please be advised that the terrain is difficult and has challenging elevation changes. Please keep to the right to avoid blocking foot traffic.

Q: Can I walk the 10K event?
A: Yes, many of our participants also walk the 10k. Runners of the 5K are to maintain a 10 min/mile pace. For safety reasons, we ask that all walkers line up behind runners at the start of each event.

Q: Are pets allowed on the course?
A: Running or walking with your pet is permitted. However. for the safety of your pet and other participants, you are required to begin your event behind the regular runners. In addition, your pet must be on a short leash and with you at all times. Pets will not be timed.

Q: Will there be a check-in area service?
A: Yes. Free bag check-in will only be provided to registered run/walk participants who show their valid Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket on February 12, 2017. Any items not claimed by 11:00 AM will be donated. Firecracker assumes no responsibility or liability to any lost and/or damaged items.

Q: I’m a volunteer, can I wear our organization or group’s t-shirt?
A: In order for Firecracker staff to identify Firecracker volunteers, we require that all volunteers wear the volunteer shirt that is provided. See your volunteer coordinator for details.

Kiddie Run

Q: Who can participate kiddie run?
A: Kids of all ages (under 12 years old) start at a staggered time. Parents may accompany their child.

Q: What is the distance for Kiddie Run course?
A: Course is an out-and-back course of approximately 1000m on Broadway, going northbound from the start line in front of the East-West Bank parking lot before making a U-turn at Bishop Road and returning to the start line for finish.

Q: Will there be any pre-race activities for Kiddie Run?
A: There will be kids warm up activities. The warm up time is 9:30 AM with the start scheduled at 9:45 AM.

Q: Will there be any post-race activities for Kiddie Run?
A: There will be a carnival in the Kiddie Run area for all registered Kiddie Run participants from 7-11 AM, with carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, puppet show, etc.

Q: Where is the Kiddie Run area?
A: Kiddie Run area is in the East-West Bank parking lot across Broadway from the Central Plaza.

Q: Will there be finisher medal given to registered Kiddie Run participants?
A: All Kiddie Run participants will receive a commemorative finisher medal and a souvenir t-shirt.