USA Cycling has designated the Firecracker 50 on July 4 as the US National Marathon Championships for 2007 and 2008. Entering its seventh year, the Firecracker 50 will also host several other non-National Championship mountain bike races for junior, beginner, sport, and expert divisions for individuals and teams.
Competitors will ride two laps of a 25-mile loop and the event's neutral start will once again be incorporated into the town's Fourth of July parade on Main Street before venturing off road.
The marathon discipline will be held apart from the 2007-08 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships at Mount Snow Resort in Vermont due to limited land access around the resort.
Marathon national titles will be awarded in the following categories: Men Pro/Open 19+, 19-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49 and 50+ and Women Pro/Open 19+, 19-29, 30-39, and 40+ categories.