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(Philadelphia, PA, March 5, 2020) – Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia has made the difficult decision to postpone its 35th annual Leprechaun Run scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 due to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Philadelphia’s 35th annual Leprechaun Run, presented by TMNA Services, was scheduled to take place at the Schuylkill Banks Palapa by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities would have participated in three different events: a Lucky 7-Mile Race, a Classic 5-Mile Race, and a 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk.
With news about a recently confirmed COVID-19 case within the Philadelphia area and others across the state, Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) no longer believes that it can prudently proceed with the Run and be sure that it is providing a safe and healthy environment, regardless of what precautionary steps and/or preventative measures are implemented.
As SOPA navigates this constantly changing environment, it thanks its Leprechaun Run supporters for their patience and understanding as it strives to make the best possible decisions with the safety and well-being of its constituents at the forefront.
The Pre-Leprechaun Run Happy Hour scheduled for Thursday, March 12th from 4pm to 8pm at Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill in Philadelphia, and the bib pickup opportunity on Friday, March 13th at Road Runner Sports in King of Prussia from 1pm to 7pm have been cancelled.
A new Run date will be announced in the next coming weeks. Individuals who have already registered for the Run will automatically be registered for the new date.
The Leprechaun Run is one of Philadelphia’s oldest traditions. Starting in 1984, the Leprechaun Run is one of Philadelphia’s first races of the season, and originally offered a 5-Mile Race and 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk. In 2017, the Leprechaun Run expanded to include a Lucky 7-Mile Race in addition to the other two distances. The Leprechaun Run is an event to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia local program (SOPA-Philadelphia). Funds raised from the Leprechaun Run support operating costs for nearly 1,000 athletes that participate in Special Olympics activities across the city of Brotherly Love. Special Olympics PA holds more than 250 competitions and training events each year. All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to the athletes and their families, enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field.
Did you know, on average, it costs $236 for ONE athlete to compete in Special Olympics Pennsylvania programming for an entire year? A little fundraising can make a significant impact.
During the registration process, you’ll be prompted to determine your personal fundraising goal! A personal fundraising page is automatically be created once you confirm your registration. If you need help accessing your page, let us know! Use this personal page to keep track of donations and send out email templates to friends and family. You can also share your goal with your networks on social media! If every runner raised an average of $50, we would raise nearly $75,000 for Special Olympics Philadelphia!
To reward you for going that extra mile, we’re offering some fantastic incentives using a tiered fundraising system. Please note that ALL registrants receive a cotton version of the event shirt (unless upgraded to dri-fit).
*Note: Registration fees count towards fundraising goals.
*All incentives will be emailed out after the event within four weeks.
Would you like to sponsor the Leprechaun Run? Check out our sponsorship package here: 2020 Leprechaun Run Sponsorship. Contact Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-630-9450 x 252 for more information.
New this year! Golden Toilet Sponsorship for running clubs. $1,000 gets a running club 20 race entries (to any race), your club’s own portta-potty, and your own spot for gear-check.
Q: What if I want to raise additional funds for Special Olympics? We’d love that! In fact, you can even earn extra incentives! Did you know, on average, it costs about $236 for ONE athlete to participate in Special Olympics programming for an entire year? Just a little fundraising can make a significant impact.
Q: Are there incentives if I decide to fundraise? Yes! Beyond the fact that you’re making an impact on local Special Olympics athletes, we’ll also throw in awesome prizes. See above for the incentives offered at the Leprechaun Run.
Q: Do I have to use “online” registration? No – hard copy registrations can be downloaded here, or you can email email@example.com to receive this file for printing. You can mail these in, or bring them to walk up registration (remember, walk up registration costs more than mailing in your form or registering online). All checks should be made out to Special Olympics Pennsylvania with Leprechaun Run in the memo line.
Q: Where can I pick up my bib? This information will be available at a later date. Stay tuned!
Q: Is there a bag check area? Yes, there will be a secure bag check area.
Q: Can I walk this event? Walkers are invited to participate in the 2-mile “fun run” starting immediately after the 5-mile race. Participants may walk portions of the 7-mile and 5-mile course as well.
Q: Is there a cut off time? No, there is no cut off time for the Leprechaun Run.
Q: Can my children participate? Children under 8 (eight) can take part for free in the 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk (but will not receive a shirt). ALL participants must complete a waiver on race day regardless of age. Children must run or walk – strollers, wagons, and bikes are NOT permitted.
Q: Can I register the morning of the race? Yes! However, please note that prices go up slightly on race morning, and we cannot guarantee an event shirt or size for you. You will be able to register on-site until 7:20. You can register online up to 7:20 am that morning.
Q: Are there any course restrictions? Yes, due to safety concerns, strollers, wagons, skates, bikes, and animals (pets) are NOT allowed on the course for any race.
Q: Will there be food after the race? Yes! We’ll have water and some goodies to keep you fueled!
Q: Will the event be timed? Yes. The Lucky 7-Mile Race and 5-Mile Race will be timed.
Q: Will the event be photographed? Yes. We a photographer on site. Pictures will be available after the race! Links to the photos will be posted on the main page after the event.
Q: Are there finisher medals? No. We do not give out finisher medals for participants.
Q: Will there be awards? Yes. We will have awards for the Lucky 7-Mile Race and the Classic 5-Mile Race. We will award the first, second and third overall Male and Female, and first place for the following age groups: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Runners can only win one award.
Q: How can I volunteer? This race depends on volunteer support, so we’re glad you asked! Volunteers perform a variety of tasks, from helping out with bib pick-up, registration, gear check, helping prep the course, assisting the race timing company and handing out refreshments both on and off the course. Email Kristin if you or your group is interested in volunteering for the Leprechaun Run!
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