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Kids Fun Run for kids ages 5 & under

The Ward Parkway Four on the Fourth is Family Friendly! Bring your kiddos for lots of fun, patriotic snacks, and poppin’ photos, too! The Little Firecracker Kids Fun Run will start at 7:10 am allowing all members of the family the opportunity to participate in every event we have to offer: Kids Fun Run, Ararat Shrine 1 Mile Walk (or run), and 4 Mile Run.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?: The Little Firecracker’s Run is for kids ages 5 years and younger. Parents, you are very welcome to join your child during the run, too!

1 MILE OPTION: For kids who are ready for a challenge, we have the Ararat Shrine 1 Mile! Your kiddo (along with their parents/guardian) are welcome to walk or run our 1 mile course. All ages & strollers are welcome! Find out more info here.

DISTANCE: The Little Firecracker Run is approximately 250 yards.

WHEN: Monday, July 4th

TIME: 7:10 am (Before the 1 mile & 4 mile run)

COST: Just $12!

SWAG: All Little Firecracker Run participants will receive a Goodie Bag, a Medal, and Patriotic Treats!

WHERE: The run will start at the far west end of the parking lot just east of State Line and end at the Ward Parkway Pavilion located in the SW corner of the Ward Parkway Center in KCMO

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Happy 4th of July!


July 4th, Race Morning 6 AM to 7:30 AM Ward Parkway Center Pavilion
8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114.
*You can pick up packets for other participants as long as they know you’re picking up.
*If anyone in the family is running the 4 mile race, the kids fun run packet can also be picked up on July 3rd at Garry Gribbles. Please see the 4 mile run page for more info about packet pick up.


If your little one is not feeling well or you’re unable to make the race for any reason and need to change their in-person registration to a virtual runner, please email as soon as possible to let us know so we can switch their registration. A virtual participant will still get the medal & goodie bag and can run the 250 yards at any time and any place.


Registration fees are not refundable under any circumstance.  Race registrations can be transferred to another participant or to another distance.  Save your login so you can do this yourself.

Registrations cannot be transferred to another year or another race.

The race director reserves the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, road condition, permit concerns, natural disasters, or a pandemic. Each athlete must accept this risk of their paid entry fee. Registration fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting in advance of the race date, including course preparation, race supplies, permits, and administration. Every effort will be made to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision made that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety, sustainability, and manageability.

If you want to be guaranteed refund, purchase race insurance for yourself. Travel insurance companies will cover your race registration and any travel costs you might have.

Weather: The event will not cancelled because of rain or extreme temperature.

If it is lightning, the event will be postponed a minimum of 10 minutes until there are no signs that the storm is present. Participants should seek shelter in vehicles or nearby buildings, if available. If lightning continues 30 minutes after the scheduled event start, the race will be subject to cancellation. The race will be canceled in the event of a tornado warning.

For additional information, contact