45th annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker sent on February 18-19

Celebrating 45 years, the L.A. Chinatown Firecracker is one of the largest and oldest running races in the U.S. with its upcoming Lunar New Year run, walk, cycling, Kiddie Run and dog walk events held over the weekend of February 18-19, 2023, at the historic Los Angeles Chinatown Plaza. Lunar New Year is  a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar.

Registration is now open for the February 2023 Firecracker L.A. Year of the Rabbit Chinatown events with a choice to participate in-person or virtually. Each registered participant receives a commemorative 2023 Firecracker race bib, exclusive collectible finisher’s medal, limited edition commemorative t-shirt, goody bag, and much more. In addition, participants and their guests will enjoy the Lunar New Year Celebration in the heart of historic Chinatown with an opening ceremony filled with lion dancers and the traditional lighting of 100,000 firecrackers. The Firecracker post-race expo includes vendors and booths as well as a new Chalk Art Festival and Boba Garden. There is also a children’s carnival just for Kiddie Run participants.

Virtual participants can take part by downloading and activating the RaceJoy App and between now and February 19 to partake in an event. The 45th Annual Firecracker has been approved as a 2023 USATF Sanctioned Event.

The 45th Annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker is produced by the nonprofit L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run Committee (LACFRC), a group of volunteers who donate their time and energy to organize and stage events and programs promoting health, fitness, and cultural awareness to the greater Los Angeles community. All proceeds are reinvested in the community, supporting elementary schools and nonprofit organizations, providing service and programs that benefit local neighborhoods.

Sponsors include ABC Laboratories, Young Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc., Longo Toyota Lexus, Payden & Rygel, CXN Freight Systems, Inc., Phoenix-PDQ, Inc., RSM, ZWIFT, LANDSEA, Assam Beverages, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Chinatown Corp., RMJ Property, AEC Consultants, Inc., VCA Engineers, Inc., The Wonderful Company, Angel City Brewery, Canton Food Co., LA Central City Optimist, City of Los Ange       les, The Lab @Chinatown, GoGo Squeez, Asian Pacific Community Fund, Bicycle Angels, among others.


February 18-19, 2023

  • Sat, Feb 18: 40-mile Bike Ride; 8:00 a.m.
  • Sat, Feb 18: 20-mile Bike Ride; 8:20 a.m.
  • Sat, Feb 18: 1-mile PAW’er Dog Walk; 9:00 a.m.
  • Sun, Feb 19: 5K Run/Walk; 8:00 a.m. Run / 8:20 a.m. Walk
  • Sun, Feb 19: 10K Run/Walk; 8:40 a.m. Run
  • Sun, Feb 19: 1K Kiddie Run: 9:00 a.m.

*All Times are subject to change


Los Angeles Chinatown Plaza

943 N Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

REGISTRATION:   $30 – $65


LACFRC will continue to monitor the continuing pandemic and will make adjustments together to reach the shared goals in support of healthy and thriving communities and could not accomplish its mission of community involvement without the continued trust and support of its participants.

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