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Thank you for a great 2016 Leprechaun. See you next year for the 2017 Leprechaun Run!


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 This year’s 5 mile run and 2 mile fun run/walk is keeping the beloved Leprechaun Run at its roots! As a Philadelphia tradition since 1984, the race will be returning to the second Saturday in March near the Art Museum!


Last year’s Leprechaun Run raised over $30,000 for Special Olympics Philadelphia and our nearly 2,000 athletes right here in the city!

Did you know…
  • $10,000 can underwrite health screenings for 400 new athletes!
  • $5,000 gives 22 athletes the chance to shine through Special Olympics programming for an entire year!
  • $2,500 provides the opportunity for one SOPA athlete to represent Philadelphia at the National Games!
  • $1,000 covers the cost of training and equipment for the entire Philadelphia Special Olympics basketball program!

Events like the Leprechaun Run are an integral source of funding for our program that serves nearly 2,000 athletes and for the literally thousands more potential lives that our programming could touch!

All proceeds of the Leprechaun Run benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes in Philadelphia. 

Race Day

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Where MLK Drive meets West River Drive and the Schuylkill Trail Connector, by the Art Museum

Start Time
5 Mile Run: 9:00 a.m.
2 Mile Walk: Shortly after

Register online here. Download the 2016 Hard Copy Registration. Advanced race bib pick up will be available prior to the race. Information to come out in early 2016. 
Day of registration and bib pickup will also be available from 8:00am-8:50am.

Bib Pick Up
Bib Pick Up will be on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Philadephia Runner’s center city location – 1601 Sansom Street between 10:00am and 7:00pm. Those who have registered on or before, Friday, March 4th are invited to come pick up their bib and shirt. If you cannot make the pre-race bib pick up, you can pick up your bib on the day of the race from 8:00am-8:50am.



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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 BIG impact. 

During the registration process you’ll be prompted to determine your own personal fundraising goal! A personal fundraising page will also automatically be created that you can access once you confirm your registration. 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).

1 Mile Fundraiser

Raise $100-$249*
$10 Gift Certificate to the SOPA Gear Shop
1 Entries for the raffle for prizes on Race Day**
3 Mile Fundraiser
Raise $250-$499*
$25 Gift Card to Philadelphia Runner
3 Entries for the raffle for prizes on Race Day**
5 Mile Fundraiser
Raise $500+*
$50 Gift Card to the SOPA Gear Shop
5 Entries for the raffle for prizes on Race Day**


*Note: Registration fees count towards fundraising goals. 

** For the Raffle on Race Day: Participants must reach fundraising milestone by Friday, March 11th at 7:00pm. Winners do not have to be present to win. The raffle will be called in between awards. Winners will be able to go home with the prize that day. If a winner is not present, the raffle prize will be mailed with their incentive.

***All incentives will be ordered and mailed out after the event within 4 weeks.


 Your question not answered here? Email us!

Q: What does the race benefit?
The Leprechaun Run benefits Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia. To learn more about us, click here.

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 really make a big 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 awesome 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 kcraven@specialolympicspa.org 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 pickup my bib? We will host a bib pickup on the Friday, March 11th. Bib Pick Up will be at Philadelphia Runner between 10:00am and 7:00pm. Philadelphia Runner is located at 1601 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. You will also be able to check in and receive your bib and event shirt on the morning of the race.

Q: Is there a bag check area? No, we do not have 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 miler. Participants may walk the 5 mile course as well.

Q: What time do the races start? 9:00am. 

Q: Is there a cut off time? No, we will not have a cut off time.

Q: Can my children participate? Children under 8 can participate 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 can register online through Friday, March 11th, 2016. 

Q: Are there any course restrictions? Strollers, wagons, skates, bikes and animals (pets) are NOT allowed on the course for either race. 

Q: Will there be food after the race? Yes! We’ll have water and some goodies to keep you fueled!

Q: Will there be starting corrals? No, not officially. The 5 Mile race will be chip-timed however, we highly encourage faster folks to line up in the front, while slower runners should stick to the middle and back. If you’re walking, PLEASE start at the back. 
Q: What happens if it rains? We will still run in the rain. If there is lightning we will delay the start. If the course isn’t safe, we’ll have to cancel the race. If we do not foresee a large enough time window to execute the race, the race will be canceled. 

Q: Will the event be timed? Yes. The 5 mile run will be a timed event.

Q: Will the event be photographed? Yes. We a photographer onsite. Pictures will be available shortly 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 first and second overall Male and Female, and first and second place awards 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 registration, sorting through participant goody bags, helping prep the course, assisting the race timing company and handing out water. Email Kristin if you or your group is interested in volunteering for the Leprechaun Run!

The Rules:

  1. All race entries are final. No refunds will be provided should you have to cancel. 
  2. Race Director, the Race Committee, and the venue staff reserve the right to reject an application or remove any participant from the course at our discretion.
  3. Runners should stay on the right side of the road whenever possible. This is especially important because the course is an “out and back” design. 
  4. We do not allow dogs, skates, bikes or baby joggers on the race course.
  5. Transfer of race numbers is strictly prohibited. Anytime a runner uses another person’s number, it causes concern for a race director. For your safety, we need to know who is in the race, and who should be contacted in the event of an emergency. In addition race results are adversely affected from this, which can cause awards errors in a small race. Please help us enforce this rule by not giving your number away.
  6. There are no pacers or bandits allowed in the race. Any runner found on the course without a number will be removed. Any extra runners entering the race takes away from those that paid to run.
  7. Once you cross the finish line, please keep moving forward. This is important as we need to have a clear area for all runners to finish. Please respect this rule. Even if your friend is just a few minutes behind you, please head towards the post race area and meet them there.
  8. Share the road. The road is wide for most of the course, and frequently allows for 3-4 runners wide, but we still request runners to not block the roads by running three runners across. Show courtesy to runners when passing. When getting passed, move to the right side of the road to allow the faster runner by. This will help ensure a safe race for everyone.