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2021 VIRTUAL Leprechaun Run

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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.



Saturday, February 27 – Saturday, March 13, 2021 (noon)


MLK Drive

RACE Celebration/results

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 7:00 pm, Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia Facebook Page (Live Event)


Use #VirtualLepRun to join the social conversation. Facebook Event. Connect with SOPA-Philly on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

An Important Caution: You MUST exercise caution and personal responsibility in your Leprechaun Run/Walk! Special Olympics Pennsylvania cannot identify or control the risks of every activity. Be smart, be safe, and be careful – for you and all who join you in your Leprechaun RUn/Walk. Please follow all safety and COVID-19 protocols. Have fun with it; but above all, BE SAFE. 


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).

Raise $100-$249*
$10 Gift Card to the SOPA Gear Store
Raise $250-$499*
$25 Gift Card to the SOPA Gear Store
Raise $500+*
$50 Gift Card to the SOPA Gear Store

*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: 2021 Leprechaun Run Sponsorship. Contact Kristin at kcraven@specialolympicspa.org or 610-630-9450 x 252 for more information.


Is your question not answered here? Email us!

Q: Who 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 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 kcraven@specialolympicspa.org to receive this file for printing.  All checks should be made out to Special Olympics Pennsylvania with Leprechaun Run in the memo line. Registrations can be sent to Special Olympics PA, c/o Leprechaun Run, 2570 Blvd of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403

Q: Where does the race start? If you choose to “Run the Course,” the race will begin at the Schuylkill Banks Palapa. 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: 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: What time do the races start? Participants are able to access the racecourse at any time within the two-week window. Go when you feel you are ready to race!

Q: Can my children participate? Yes! Children under 8 (eight) can take part in the VIRTUAL 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk (Run/Walk Anywhere). ALL participants must complete a waiver on race day regardless of age. 

Q: Is the event timed? Yes. The Lucky 7-Mile Race and 5-Mile Race will be timed via RaceJoy if you chose the Run the Course Option.

Q: Are there finisher medals? No. We do not give out finisher medals for participants.

Q: Will there be awards? No, not this year. We understand that technology can sometimes be glitchy and do not want to award the wrong winner. This year, we will recognize everyone who Ran the Course, and who submitted a time for the “Run Anywhere”, but will not be handing out awards. 


2019 Race Results 2019 Photos
2018 Race Results 2018 Photos
2017 Race Results  
2016 Race Results 2016 Photos
2015 Overall Race Results | 2015 Age Group Results 2015 Photos
2014 2014 Photos