Firecracker Run

Start your 4th of July off with a bang by participating in the Excelsior Firecracker Run!

Enjoy challenging, scenic terrain that includes stunning views of historic downtown Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka as you navigate the 1 Mile, 5K or 10K route. With rest stops, live music and plenty of enthusiastic volunteers along the way, runners can expect a fun-filled Fourth of July morning.

The Firecracker Run kicks-off a full day of festivities in downtown Excelsior that includes a kid's parade, sand sculpture contest, Lucas Oil Air Show and, of course, fireworks.

Last year, over 2,300 runners participated in the Firecracker Run, which is organized by Minnetonka Community Education. The day long Excelsior July 4 celebration is organized by the Excelsior Chamber of Commerce. 30% of all Firecracker Run registration fees are donated to the Chamber for the fireworks.

Race Details

  • Choose between a 1 Mile Run, 5K and 10K.
  • The 5K and 10K races are chip-timed.
  • 5K and 10K participants receive a wicking t-shirt. One-mile participants will have the option to buy a wicking t-shirt. Preferred sizes guaranteed to pre-registered runners only.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K.
  • The first, second and third place finishers in the 1 Mile will receive a gift card.
  • All participants will receive a finisher medal.


  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
  • All races start at Excelsior Elementary and end in the Excelsior Commons.
  • 1 Mile Run starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • 5K Run starts at 8:10 a.m.
  • 10K Run starts at 8:25 a.m.

2017 Fire Cracker Run Highlights

Thank you 2018 Firecracker Sponsors

Kowalski's Markets
Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics
Excelsior Family Dental

2017 Firecracker Race Results :

2017 Results