Thank You All For Your Support!

For young families new to America, we find that six years of cultural and language support — in a community they trust — is paramount to their transition and well being.  All proceeds from the ETS Firecracker 5K benefit the Bilingual Nursery School of YWCA Princeton’s Young Wonders Child Development Center, that serves nearly 150 such families our Princeton and Hamilton locations.

Race Results Are Now Available!




Each year, we improve and expand our sponsors’ exposure. We rely on our on returning sponsors for the continued success of the event and encourage all new potential sponsors to join us today! All charitable contributions go directly to the YWCA Princeton’s Young Wonders bilingual program. This program, for at-risk preschoolers from across Mercer County, provides dual-language learning and enrichment activities that prepare students to enter kindergarten on par with their peers.

In addition to helping a worthy and charitable cause, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Sprinter Sponsors receive a number of other benefits from being associated with the run. These include:

  • Name displayed on the front of the race flyer
  • Name and logo displayed on the  race shirt given to all participants. (Gold Sponsors are listed in large prominent type on each shirt)
  • Name and logo displayed on our website. If you wish, we can display information as supplied by you, or provide a hyperlink from our Website to yours. Many hits are expected in the months leading up to the event.
  • Name mention in all press releases. Local and regional newspapers are targeted.
  • A display area, including a table, to distribute samples, show product displays, demonstrate product, etc. The table is located next to the registration and awards area to receive maximum visibility.
  • Special mention at post-race awards presentation and in final press release.

Sponsors are the backbone of the race and we cannot achieve change without them. Please ask Kate Liu or one of the other Race Committee members for more information concerning becoming a Race Sponsor .

We realize that you expect your Sponsorship to provide you with quality visibility and we can definitely help you achieve these results. Supporting this race is a highly valuable way for you to show your concern and involvement with the Central New Jersey area while financially helping a worthwhile cause.

If the Firecracker 5K Committee members have not contacted you yet, please feel free to contact us to discuss your participation in the Firecracker 5K. We welcome your support!



2018 Event Committee

Joe Galdo, Chair
Nancy Faherty
Kate Liu, Coordinator
Frank Mangee
Kari Mastroianni, Chair
Hillary Spivak, Chair
Kitara Washington
Terry Young

Tuesday, june 26, 2018!

The YWCA Princeton and our generous partner, Educational Testing Service, are pleased to announce the 14th Annual ETS Firecracker 5K Run/Walk set for Tuesday evening, June 26, 2018. The race will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

The race will take place on the beautiful grounds of ETS on 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. The entrance to the campus can be accessed either through Carter Road or Rosedale Road. Cars will not be permitted to enter the campus or park after 6:30 pm, so please plan accordingly.

The race is five kilometers long, and the course is a USATF certified course (Certification Code #NJ16007LMB)  that is flat, safe, and perfect for serious and recreational runners and walkers. The 5K route is “walker-friendly,” meaning that all types of walkers including race-walkers are welcomed.

Water stops will be placed conveniently along the way, as well as mile markers/timers, and encouraging cheerers. First, second, and third place awards will be given to winners in age-group categories in five year increments from 5 through 85+. Winning corporate and organizational teams will receive special recognition in the post-race award ceremony. Pre-registered participants will receive T-shirts. On hand for this festive occasion will be lively music, pre-race stretching session, a post-race buffet, and refreshments.




Educational Testing Services



Bracco Diagnostics Inc.


Novo Nordisk, The Enrollment Management Association, IRIS Software and Princeton Computer Support, Inc.


The Bank of Princeton, Saker ShopRites, Mercadien Group, NJM Insurance Group, and Northfield Bank.


Princeton First Air & Rescue Squad, Sound Choice Disc Jockeys, Inc.

All proceeds from this event support the YWCA Princeton’s Bilingual Nursery School. This program, for at-risk preschoolers from across Mercer County, provides dual-language learning and enrichment activities that prepare students to enter kindergarten on par with their peers.

We are seeking numerous volunteers to make this race a success!

Volunteers will receive a special volunteer t-shirt, a complimentary post-race buffet, and an invaluable experience that goes towards furthering a worthy cause! All volunteers will receive credit for their hours as needed.


If you or someone you know are interested in this fun event, please email Kate Liu at