A Chilly Leprechaun Run Warms Hearts

A Chilly Leprechaun Run Warms Hearts of Special Olympics Pennsylvania Philadelphia athletes and participants. The 2017 Leprechaun Run presented by TMNA Services was held on Saturday, March 11th at MLK Drive starting by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As runners arrived, the temperature was already a chilly 20 degrees. The cold weather didn’t stop over 750 participants from coming out to partake in this St. Patrick’s Day tradition. 

The program before the race was kicked off by the Celtic Flame School of Irish who performed a traditional Irish dance for spectators. After a few short words from the Director of Special Olympics PA, Philadelphia, Britt Kleine, and VP of Development for Special Olympics PA, Eric Cushing, the running portion was about to start! The Lucky 7-Mile Race launched for the first time as it started alongside the Classic 5-Mile Race. Shortly after our racers took the course, our 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk participants headed for the course. As our Leprechaun Chasers finished, they were greeted by warm Philadelphia Pretzel Factory pretzels, Bai beverages, bananas, and water. After all the numbers were added up, the 2017 Leprechaun Run raised close to $40,000 for athletes right here in Philadelphia!

Thank you to all of our participants who attended this year’s race – we can’t wait to see you next year! HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers who made this race run smoothly; we hope to see you at more of our events! 

Award Winners

Lucky 7-Mile Race
 Female Male 
Overall 1stKimberly Hoffman:49:22Brian Elliot:40:04
Overall 2ndSamantha Snyder:52:10Connell McCall:41:20
Overall 3rdJackie McGonigle:53:47David Berger:41:55
13 and Under    
14-19Caroline Sindoni:52.01Jimmy Canuso:44:39
20-29Sarah Deck:53:54Steven Burkholder:54:02
30-39Deanne Bernard:57:03Parker Kitterman:45:26
40-49Nicole Blum:57:04Pat Cavalieri:49:29
50-59Angela Scharschan1:06:27Joseph Manion:48:11
60+Pamela Pfister1:08:26Andy Green:49:48
Classic 5-Mile Race
 Female Male 
Overall 1stTaylor Smucker:36:26Tom O’Leary:31:44
Overall 2ndDianna O’Hara:39:23Neil Somers:32:39
Overall 3rdKat Cavitti:39:46TJ Martin:32:43
13 and UnderAva Gaspari1:00:20Jakob Riz:40:14
14-19Caritlyn Clark:43:18Peter Dolan:46:39
20-29Amy Schurer:40:48Bryan Herbst:30:25
30-39Krystina Faillace:40:23Matt McCartan:34:10
40-49Susanna Simer:40:23Jason Kitchen:33:49
50-59Maria Francomacaro:47:22Bill Hennegan:34:30
60+N/A Tony Wojciechowski:43:47

* Participants are eligible to win one award

All Results


Thank you to our 2017 Leprechaun Run Sponsors!

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