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Last year’s Leprechaun Run raised over $30,000 for Special Olympics Philadelphia and our nearly 2,000 athletes right here in the city!
Events like the Leprechaun Run are an integral source of funding for our program that serves nearly 2,000 athletes and for the thousands of potential lives that our programming could touch!
All proceeds of the Leprechaun Run benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes in Philadelphia.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Where MLK Drive meets West River Drive and the Schuylkill Trail Connector, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Faster runners will line up at the front, slower runners towards the back, followed by walkers.
Register for the 2017 race is closed, but you can still make a donation to a participant or the event here.
Day of registration and bib pickup will also be available on site until 7:20 am.
Bib Pick Up will be on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Philadelphia Sports Club, located at 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Bib pick up will be from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
If you cannot make the pre-race bib pick-up, you can pick up your bib on the day of the race until 7:20 am.
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 ordered and mailed out after the event within four weeks.
Q: What if I want to raise additional funds for Special Olympics? We’d love it! In fact, you can even earn extra incentives! Did you know, on average, it costs about $227 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. Check out the wonderful incentives we’re offering this year by clicking here.
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 does the race start? On MLK Drive near the Art Museum, next to Paine’s Park, where MLK Drive, West River Drive and the Schuylkill Trail Connector meet. To view the start/finish location in Google Maps, click here.
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 (but will not receive a shirt) – no online registration necessary. 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 7:20am 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 anyrace.
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 a 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: 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 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!