Independence Day 4k & 1k

139 Grand Ave
Mars, PA 16046

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Event Description

The inaugural Independence Day 4k & 1k will take place on the morning of Thursday, July 4th, 2019 in downtown Mars, PA. The 4k will start at 9:00 am and the 1k will begin at 9:45 am. Both races start and finish by the iconic Mars Flying Saucer on Grand Avenue. This event is part of the Mars 4th of July Celebration festivities. The Independence Day 4k & 1k supports the Mars Home for Youth. MHY Family Services offers a therapeutic campus environment, individualized education programs and community services where learning and healing occur for youth and families. Boys and girls, ages 9 to 18, and families have the opportunity to learn skills that help them manage and cope with trauma-based issues and to re-engage with home, school and community. 

Giveaway: A performance t-shirt will be guaranteed for all who register before Thursday, June 20th. Plus 5 Apple Pies will be given away on race day! Apple Pies will be given away to the Top Male 4k finisher, Top Female 4k finisher, Top Male 1k finisher, Top Female 1k finisher, and 1 randomly selected event finisher.

Courses: The 4k is an out and back course that starts and finishes in the heart of downtown Mars on Grand Avenue. From the start on Grand Avenue, runners will turn right onto Clark Street, run past Spectrum Insurance Services, and turn left onto Clay Avenue. Participants will then run to the end of Clay Avenue and turn right onto Hutchman Road. Participants will run on Hutchman Road until the cone turnaround just before Lori Lane. To see the 4k course map, scroll down past the sponsor section and click on "4k Course Map". The 1k is also an out and back course following the same course as the 4k except the turnaround is shortly after the left turn onto Clay Avenue. You can also view the 1k course map below. 

Water Station: There will be a water station at the end of Clay Avenue for the 4k race. Water bottles and additional refreshments will be available for all race participants and spectators!

4k Awards: Customized Independence Day 4k medals will be given to the Top  3 Overall Male & Female Finishers and the Top 3 Masters Male & Female Finishers. Awards will also be given to the top 3 in each gender for the following age groups: 12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

1k Awards: Customized Independence Day 1k Medals will be awarded to the Top 5 Overall Male & Female Finishers. 


  • 4k: $15 until 4/11, $20 until 4/30, $22.50 through 5/31, $25 until the close of online registration. $30 race day registration.
  • 1k: $5 until 4/11, $12.50 until 4/30, $15 until 5/31, $17.50 until the close of online registration. $20 race day. 
  • Both races: $20 until 4/11, $30 until 4/30, $32.50 until 5/31, $35 until the close of online registration. $40 race day.

Race day registration will be available from 7:30-8:45am for both the 4k & 1k. 

Early Packet Pickup: Location & times TBA. 

Gift Basket Raffle: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 10 tickets, $20 for 40 tickets 

Timing: Chip timed by Mars based company - Wolf Creek Race Management

Volunteers: Interested in volunteering? Please contact

Sponsorship: All inquiries about event sponsorship should be sent to 

All Runners & Walkers are welcome to participate! 


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