Monday, July 4, 2022

Join us for the 9th Annual Independence Day 5k on Monday, July 4, 2022 for a fun and FAST 5k! This event features a fast point-to-point course that takes runners and walkers from the top of Tacoma and finishes at beautiful Point Ruston.

Course Info & Maps
Packet Pick-Up

Day of Race Schedule & Details
Results & Photos


Start Time: 8:00 am
Course Map: HERE 
Start Location: N 37th & N Vassault St
Finish Location: Grand Plaza at Point Ruston


The 5K is a Chip Timed race on a fast, flat and downhill course starting at N. 37th & N Vassault St in Tacoma, close to Vassault Park. The finish is at the water walk mural at Point Ruston’s Grand Plaza.

While this is a speedy course for fast runners, it also is a fun course for a power walk before your Independence Day barbecue! Everybody is welcome to participate!

5K Course HERE <

The water walk mural is also where the Kids 1K will start at 9:00 am. The kid’s run is an out-and-back, so the runners can cross the official finish line as well.

Kids Run Course HERE <

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Register by 6/4 to get your custom bib.

Registration includes a Medal & Technical Tank Top (order by 6/4 for guaranteed size).
February 2 – 3: $35 (2-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)
February 4 – March 14: $40
March 15 – April 14: $45
April 15 – May 14: $50
May 15 – June 14: $55
June 15 – July 2: $60

Kids Run is $10, ages 12 and under.

Online registration closes on July 2nd at 11:59 pm.
Late registration will be available at packet pick-up & on day of race.


Confirm Registration HERE <

A small transaction fee is assessed when registering online. Price increases occur at midnight. 

(Please read! TCMA Policies) All entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Sorry, no transfers to another individual, and no roll-overs to the following year. All participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Sorry, no exceptions.

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Sponsored by:

Race Day Medical Services & Hydration Therapy On-the-Go Provided by:

A portion of proceeds goes toward Girls on the Run. Additional donations can be made during registration. 


Add some more bling to your collection! All runners will receive your hard earned medal once you cross the finish line.

Race swag will be availabe for pick up during packet pick-up or at the finish line*.
5K Runners will receive a tech tank top. 

*Unclaimed swag cannot be mailed out after the race, so don’t forget to grab yours before you leave!

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We highly recommend you pick up your packet on Sunday prior to race day to avoid long lines on race morning. Shirts will only be available at packet pick-up & the finish line.

Sunday, July 3rd: 1 pm to 5 pm

Packet Pickup Location: 
Fleet Feet Tacoma
3812 N 26th St
Tacoma, Washington 98407

Day-of-Race Packet Pickup will available be from 6:30 am – 7:45 am.  

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First Shuttle: 6:45 am
Packet Pick Up & Gear Check:
6:30 am – 7:45 am

5k Start: 8:00 am
Last Post-Race Shuttle: 9:30 am

Shuttle Bus
Shuttle Buses will depart from nearby the Century Movie Theater in the Point Ruston shopping area. 
If you’d prefer not to take the shuttle, you can also use this map to see the quickest way (on foot) from the finish line area back to the starting line area. It’s a great warm-up or cool-down for the race!

Gear Check
Gear check is provided for your personal items at the start line and brought to finish. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib, fill out and attach to your gear check bag. Your gear check bag was given to you at packet pick up. Please do not put valuables in your bag. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. You may claim your bag after you finish by providing your bib number.

Finish Line Amenities
Once you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with a variety of food and water to aid in your recovery. 

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Timing provided by Racewire. Photos & Free Downloads provided by CJ Photography.

Results will be posted online shortly after you come across the finish line. Photos will be posted online in the week following the race, you will receive an email when they’re available. Results & Photos from previous years are also archived below.


Awards for the top Overall Male & Female and age group ribbons will be available for pick up at your convenience at the results tent*.

Age Group Ribbons
Age group ribbons will be given out to the top 5 finishers in the following age groups: 9 & under,10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+

Kids receive a finisher ribbon upon crossing the finish line.

How to Claim Your Ribbon
After you have finished your race, check the results computers. If your results are not yet posted please check back again in 10-15 minutes as they are updated often.

If you are in the top 5 in your age group, proceed to the awards table to claim your ribbon. Congratulations!

*Awards will not be mailed out after the race, so please pick up your ribbon before leaving!

To be eligible for overall and age group awards you cannot be paced by or accept aid from a non-registered runner at any time during the event.
USATF rules: if you win both an overall and age group spot you will be presented with both awards. Overall winners ARE NOT knocked out of their respective age group.

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Volunteer support means everything to us and our runners. We couldn’t do this without the hard work and efforts of dedicated volunteers who provide encouragement and a helping hand from getting our runners ready to hit the start line to fueling them through the finish.

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Sign Up to Volunteer

Can I pick up someone else’s race packet?

Yes, as long as you have permission from them to do so. Written permission is not required.

I registered, but have learned that I will be unable to participate. Is my entry fee refundable?

Our policy is no refunds, no transfers to another individual or to another TCMA event, and no rollovers to the next year’s race. Sorry, no exceptions.

Is there an age limit for the race?

There is no age limit for the 5k race as long as your child is able to complete the distance on their own or in a stroller. For the 1K Kids Run we recommend the race for kids 12 and under. Grown-ups can run with their children and do not need to register for the 1K.

What is in my race packet?

Your packet will contain a bib number with timing chip and goody bag with promotional offers and coupons from event sponsors and vendors. This bag can also be used as your gear check bag on race day.

What time does the race start?

8:00 am

Where is the start line located?

Start: N 37th & N Vassault St near Vassault Park
Finish: Point Ruston’s Grand Plaza the water walk mural

Is there gear check at the start?

Yes, gear check is provided as a place to store your personal items while you race. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib and attach to your gear check bag (using the zip tie provided in your gear check bag). Your gear check bag will be given to you at packet pick up. Please do not put valuables in your bag. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. You may claim your bag after you finish by providing your bib number.

Will there be a professional photographer at the event?

Yes. Race photography will be provided by CJ Photography. Photos are free to all race participants to download.

Where do I find my race results?

Results will be available at the results computers following the race. Results will also be available online no later than 5 PM on race day. 

Is the race chip timed?

Yes. Chip start, chip finish. Timing chips are to be attached to your bib number and do not need to be returned.

Is the course certified?

Yes, the course is USATF certified, #WA21007RMB. 

How many miles is a 5K?

A 5K is 3.1 miles. There will be mile markers at each mile point.

Can I walk the race?


Are strollers allowed?


Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs in this race. Sorry – this is per USATF regulations. We cannot make exceptions as this affects our liability insurance.

Where can I park?

Free street parking is available in and around the Vassault Park area.

Are there porta-potties at the start?

Yes, and plenty of them.

Can I wear headphones during the race?

Yes, be safe and don’t turn them up so loud that you can’t hear volunteers or police. We recommend leaving one earbud out. Be safe out there.

Are we missing something? Please let us know and we will gladly make the addition. Contact us at info@tcmaevents.com.
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All entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Sorry, no transfers to another individual, and no roll-overs to the following year. All participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Sorry, no exceptions.
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