Thursday, May 5, 2022

Manistee Firecracker 5K 2022 - July 2nd

 The Manistee Forest Festival's classic race, the Firecracker 5K, returns July 2nd, 2022.  Come out and celebrate at a fun, family friendly 5K that includes a loop of the beach and a great view of Lake Michigan!

Date:  July 2nd, 2022      5K Run/Walk (8:15AM) and 1K Fun Run (8:00AM)

Location - Manistee Middle/High School 525 12th Street

Registration (includes T-shirt!) $25 pre-register by June 25th, $30 on race day ($15/$20 for the Fun Run)

Supports the Manistee Area Community Track

Printable Registration Forms

Online Registration 

Course Map  (NOTE - Due to road construction, the race course may be slightly altered this year.)

Thank you to Callesen Wealth Management for making our race possible again this year!

We'd also like to thank all the sponsors of this year's race:
Blarney Castle Oil & Propane
High-Tech Dental
Parkdale Veterinary Wellness Center
Heritage Farms
Dwelling Realty
Family Fare
Morton Salt
The Ramsdell Inn & TJ's Pub
Sports Ink
Lucky Lizard Awards



Sunday, December 5, 2021

Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk 2021 Results

Over 160 runners and walkers came out for the 2021 edition of the Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec 4th, during the Old Victorian Sleighbell Weekend.  

Though seasonably cool and windy, the weather was clear and the streets dry for the 14th annual race.  

Overall winners of the run were Ethan Dapice (19:59) for the men and Ceci Postma (22:11) for the women.  Alexia Pierce (37:52) and David Pierce (37:53) were the top walkers.  

The race supports the Manistee Area Public Schools cross-country program. 

A huge thank you to all that competed or volunteered to help make the race so successful!  Thanks to our sponsors too, this race doesn't happen without you.  

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Registration open for Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk.  This year marks the return of the Manistee Old Christmas / Sleighbell weekend, and with it, the Jingle Bell Jog returns to its previous course, starting from Kennedy Elementary School.  

Come join us for this annual festive event!  Whether you want to run one last fast race for the year, or you're celebrating with friends wearing your best holiday costumes, this is the place to be! 

All proceeds from the race go to benefit the Manistee Area Public Schools Cross-Country programs.  

Register Online

Printable Race Form

Course Map

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Real life racing returns to the Manistee Firecracker 5K!

The Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk returned to in person racing in 2021 with the biggest crowd of runners in a decade enjoying a perfect morning of competition!  

The overall male winner of the 5K, Ethan Dapice of Manistee, finished in 18:27, just 5 seconds ahead of runner-up Manistee HS sophomore Abdul Ghennewa.  Long time racer John Lipa of Manistee was the first Masters runner, taking 3rd overall in 18:36.  17 year old Lindsey Barry of Loveland, CO, was the first lady finisher with a time of 20:49, while the first lady Master runner was Manistee's Denny Capling in 21:45.  

Over 350 runners and walkers competed on Saturday, July 3rd, with all proceeds going to support the Manistee Area Community Track.  

Thanks to our sponsors!

Callesen Wealth Management

Parkdale Veterinary & Wellness Center

Blarney Castle Oil & Propane

High-Tech Dental

Family Fare

Ramsdell Inn & TJ's Pub

Sports Ink

Lucky Lizard Awards

 Age Group Results

Overall Results

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk Returns in Person for 2021!

The Manistee Firecracker 5K Run/Walk will return in person for 2021!  This year's date is set for Saturday July 3rd, 2021, with the 1K Fun Run at 8am and the 5K toeing the line at 8:15am.  

Current pandemic restrictions will be observed, whatever they are at the time.  For now we are capping registration at 300 total entries, so sign up today!  

Once again runners can choose between a specially designed cotton T-shirt or a quick drying tech T-shirt.  Overall trophies will be awarded to the top Male, top Female, top Masters Male (40 - up) and top Master Female, with plaques and medals awarded to the winners of each age group.  

The race is tentatively scheduled to be held at Manistee Middle/High school and will once again run by the Lake Michigan shoreline with a mostly flat course that features one challenging hill on the last mile.

 This 5K race supports the community track in Manistee.  




Please help us thank this year's sponsors!  

Our 2021 main sponsor - Callesen Wealth Management.  

Our sponsors:  Parkdale Veterinary Wellness Center, Blarney Castle, High-Tech Dental, Family Fare, TJ's Pub, Sports Ink, and Lucky Lizard Awards.

contact for any questions

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Results from 2020 Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K

Running in socially distanced groups of 25 of less, the 2020 Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K took place on December 19th under rainy, slushy conditions.  Despite the poor weather and pandemic restrictions, the race was a success and organizers were thrilled the race occurred in person.  

Benzie Central HS runners Mylie Kelly (19:11) and Hunter Jones (15:44) posted fantastic results as the runners with the fastest times on the day.  For the walkers, long time winner Ed Zimmerman (43:43) and Kris Johnson & Blythe O'Donnell (tying in 47:48!) had the fastest walking times.  

Overall Race Results

Age group prizes were not awarded this year, due to the staggered starting times and the desire to keep the finish area less crowded.  All participants got awesome finish medals and T-shirts. 

Age Group Results

Thanks for all of the fantastic volunteers from the Manistee HS Cross-Country team and from the Manistee Run Club! Also a huge thank-you to the Tabernacle Church-Manistee for allowing us to use your building as race headquarters this year.  Hopefully 2021 sees a return to normalcy.  

Also thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors!

The Tabernacle - Manistee

CC Jewelers of Manistee

Shelby State Bank

Lisa Fragomeli

Millennial Decor

Morton Salt

Taco ‘Bout It Mexican Fusion

Parkdale Animal Hospital

Diner 31

Bob’s Roofing Company, Inc.

Sadler Machine Tool Inc.

Family Fare

Water’s Edge Dentistry

Boyer Agency

Knizacky Insurance Agency

Backstage Hobbies & Games

Manistee Tire Service

TJ’s Pub & The Ramsdell Inn

Linke’s Body Shop, Inc.

Boehm Family Chiropractic

Manistee Recreation Association

Smith & Eddy - Healthcare Services

Smith & Eddy Insurance

Hogan Plumbing

Lighthouse Title Inc.

Watson’s Manistee Chrysler

You can’t buy love But you can rescue it

Victorian Car Port - Family Used Car Center

Nick & Mary Ann Wreschnig

The Fillmore of Manistee

Revive & Refresh Aesthetics LLC

Christa M Johnson, DC & Alec Johnson 

Kenny - Stella, Hannah, Elwood, Myrtle May

Judge Tom Brunner

Bob & Jane Sievert

Daryl Pieczynski

Coldwell Banker Professionals ALM


4Front Credit Union

Super 8 by Wyndham

Manistee Beverage


Gary Sielski

Kyle Thompson

Kendra Thompson

Mike Thompson

High-Tech Dental

Mika Meyers PLC

Linke Lumber Company

Jane Kedrowski

Northern Spice Company

Dennis & Susan Fischer

NU 2 U

The Swidorski Family

Duchon Insurance Inc.

Mary Sturdevant State Farm Insurance

Sam & Kay Miller

Yvonne Blattenberger

Corey Van Fleet

Mel & Linda Kruse

Tim & Jan Sapak

Mary Gleason

Rick & Karen Tetsworth

Bernie & Debbie Pieczynski

Aubrey Agee & Heidi Alcock

Jan Hopwood