The 26th Annual Firecracker 2-miler

The 26th Annual Firecracker 2-miler

Jul 4, 2023 - Jul 4, 2024

Race Distance



Course Profile

Mostly Flat

Course Type

Point to point

Event Details

Ripley, WV is the home of America’s Largest Small-Town 4th of July Celebration.  For 26 years, the Main Street Firecracker race has been a part of this celebration kicking off immediately before the Grand Parade.

This year we have rebranded to the Gene Groves Memorial Firecracker 2-miler, to celebrate the life of the race’s founder and main supporter.  For 25 years, Gene and his family have celebrated the runners in our community, volunteering hours and resources to make this fast, mostly flat 2-mile course along the city streets a centerpiece of our patriotic celebrations.  

Overall male and female runners will receive trophies and a $100 cash prize.  Top three finishers in each age bracket will receive medals.  There will be special recognitions for the oldest  and youngest runners, most patriotic, best dressed, and farthest travelled. 

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The 26th Annual Firecracker 2-miler

Ripley, WV, USA

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