America's Birthday 5K

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

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2018 Event Photos    Online Registration

Red, white, and boom!  Bust out your patriotic garb and celebrate America's favorite summer holiday at the inaugural America’s Birthday 5K!  This new family-friendly event starts and finishes at the newly renovated Soldiers Memorial and it's booming with participant perks:

  • gender-specific dri-fit shirts!
  • custom finisher medals!
  • a post-race party with food, drinks, and a DJ playing your favorite patriotic hits!
  • a VIP view of America's largest 4th of July parade!
  • a short walk to Fair St. Louis, America's biggest birthday party, which will be held on the newly renovated Arch grounds!
  • access to July 3rd's ParadeTown Kick-off party and fireworks at Kiener Plaza!

Can't join us on race day?  Sign up as a virtual runner and receive all the same swag as race day runners, and complete the distance on your own! Learn more about the virtual runner option below. 

Date | Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Location | Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 63101

Event Timeline 

  • 6:30am | Race day registration/Packet pickup open
  • 7:30am | 5K Run/Walk begins
  • 8:15am | Overall winners announced and awards table opens
  • 9:30am | America's Birthday Parade begins
  • 12:00pm | Fair St. Louis opens
Packet Pick-up & Late Registration
  • 7/3 | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Fleet Feet Sports - Des Peres
  • 7/4 | 6:30am | Soldiers Memorial 
  • Unless you are a virtual runner, we do not guarantee shirts, medals, and packets will be available after the event. 
Course | 5K Course Map

Swag | Participants who register through June 20th will be guaranteed an ultra-light, gender-specific wicking polyester running tee perfect for summer running.  Available sizes: XS-2XL. Sizing Chart

Registration | Click here to register. 
  • $30 | through 5/25
  • $35 | 5/26 - 6/22*
  • $40 | 6/23 - 7/3
  • $45 | race day
  • Shirt guarantee deadline is 6/22

Virtual Runner | Can't join us on race day?  Sign up as a virtual runner and receive all the same swag as race day runners, then complete the distance on your own - no matter where you are! Everyone loves gorging on barbecue and beer in the name of patriotism, the virtual run option is a great way to enjoy those treats guilt-free by tackling the challenge beforehand. 
  • Click here to register as a virtual runner
  • $30 | through 6/22
  • $35 | 6/23-7/4
  • If you can not make packet pickup on 7/3 and you want your packet mailed to you, please choose the mailing option when registering as a virtual runner.  Packets will be mailed the week of the event if you are unable to pick up at packet pickup. 
Parking | Due to the 5K course & parade route, additional roads and intersections will be closed. Please plan to arrive early and leave plenty of time for parking and walking to the venue.

  • Meter parking is available downtown and free due to the holiday, however, the police will be strictly enforcing the special NO PARKING permits on and around the 5K course, parade route, and parade assembly and dispersal areas. Vehicles left in these areas are likely to be towed.  If you do choose to park at downtown meters, please review the following maps to make sure you are not parking in temporary tow zones.

5K Course              Parade Route             Street Closure Map

  • If arriving before 6:30am, we recommend parking in one of the Kiener Plaza Garages; access will be from Pine St. We suggest coming from 4th St. to Pine St to access the garages the best.  Both garages are open 24 hours, self-park and accept cash/credit cards. 

Kiener Plaza East Garage               Kiener Plaza West Garage

  • If arriving later, we suggest parking at Stadium West Parking Garage.  You will be able to exit the garage via 9th St. to Clark St. after the run. The garage is open 24 hours, self-park and accepts cash/credit cards. 

Stadium West Parking Garage

Finisher Medals & Awards 
  • Awards will be presented to the top three male/female overall finishers and the top three male/female in the following age groups: 15 & under, 16-19,  20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-60, 70+
  • All finishers will receive custom America's Birthday finisher medals when they cross the finish line. 
Volunteers | Interested in volunteering for the event?  Volunteers will receive an event shirt and gift card to Fleet Feet St. Louis.  Email Jules (jules@fleetfeetstlouis.com) for more information. 


  • 2019 | will be posted after the race
  • 2018 | Results, Awards
  • If you have any questions about the race results, please click here.

Refund and Transfer Policy

  • No refunds within 14 days of an event. No make-up date if the event is canceled due to weather. Entries are not transferable to another event but can be transferred to another participant. 
Event Policies
  • Dogs are not allowed to participate in the 5K run/walk
  • Strollers are welcome, we just ask that you start towards the back of the field
Partner Charities | Portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the following charities. 

  • Take the Reins | Founded in 2016 in St. Louis, saw a need in our community to help support over 19K area veterans, and over 1600 children in foster care system through EAAT, Equine-Assisted Activities, and Therapies.  On average, 23 veterans commit suicide each day, while many others suffer from mental health challenges stemming from trauma.  TTRSTL, provides veterans the opportunity to continue their leadership services, through an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. These activities focus on building a relationship between the client and horse through groundwork exercises including grooming, leading, and "join-up".  Learn more about TTRSTL and how you can get involved here

Join us the evening of July 3rd for the ParadeTown Kick-off Party for America's Biggest Birthday Party! 

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