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St. Paddy's 5K Run/Walk, 8K Run & Leprechaun Leap

St. Paddy's 5K Run/Walk, 8K Run & Leprechaun Leap

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. Start
Location: Cannon Drive & Fullerton (2430 N. Cannon Drive) | Chicago
Beneficiary: Special Olympics Chicago
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Officially title the "St. Paddy's 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Irish-American Heritage Center featuring the Special Olympics Chicago 8K Run," also new in this year will be a post-run/walk party at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum with live music, awards and prizes, and where participants of legal age will be treated to a complimentary beer.

As in the past, participants are encouraged to don green attire as there will be awards for the most innovative garb. The event will also feature the Leprechaun Leap, a fun-filled kids' dash that's popular with children and families.

Themed Be Seen ... Be Green, this popular spring running event celebrates the Emerald Isle as well as St. Patrick's Day (officially March 17).

Participation at this year's St. Paddy's 5K/8K is limited to 5,000, so hurry and register today!

Event Photography
Whether you're new to running or an avid runner, race photos are a great way to remember the 2012 St. Paddy's Run. PBC Sports Photography are the official photographers of this year's race. Check back approximately 72 hours after the finish of the race to see your photos. Photos can be accessed by both bib number and last name.

Pre-Registration: $30
Race Day (Competitive, Fun Run & Walk): $35
Leprechaun Leap (Ages 10 and Under): FREE (T-Shirt $8 In Advance/$10 Race Day)

This is a USATF certified 5K & 8K course run out and back on bike paths along Chicago's scenic lakefront. The start and finish areas are near Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park.

Click Here to download course map.

3 Easy Ways to Register!
Click Here to Register!
All online applications must be submitted by the 12:00 pm (CST) on Wednesday, March 12 deadline.

In Person
Pre-register and pick up your runner number, t-shirt, goodie bag, course map and other race information at one of our pre-registration events. Details below!

Race Day
$35 Competitive 8K, 5K & Walk; Leprechaun Leap FREE (T-Shirt $10) Register and pick up your runner number, t-shirt, goodie bag, course map and other race information from 8:30 am - 9:45 am on Sunday, March 18 at the registration tent. Please arrive early to ensure proper registration.

Pre-Registration/Packet Pick-Up
Pre-register and pick up your packet up at
Sports Authority on the following dates/times:

Sports Authority - Clark Street
3134 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Thursday, March 15: Noon to 7pm
Friday, March 16: Noon to 7pm

Sports Authority - Fullerton Pkwy
1801 W. Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

Saturday, March 17: 11am to 4pm

Start Fundraising with Special Olympics Chicago!
It's quick and easy to set up your personal fundraising page. You will receive a link to send around to family and friends so they can make secure tax deductible donations.

Click Here to start fundraising!

Directions to Event
Exit Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton Avenue. Travel west on Fullerton to Cannon Drive, turn right to Lake Shore Drive West and travel one block north to the event site. For information on public transportation to the event, please call the RTA information line at 312-836-7000 or visit www.transitchicago.com.

Race Day Parking
Hourly metered parking is available at the Diversey Harbor parking lot located at Diversey, east of Lake Shore Drive West. Limited street parking is available on Cannon Drive and surrounding area.

Post Race Party
The St. Paddy's 5K & 8K Run/Walk & Leprechaun Leap post-race party will be located in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (enter through the main entrance) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy musical entertainment as well as a complimentary beer* (to receive your complimentary beer, simply turn in the coupon attached to your bib number. Be sure to have a valid ID ready and available.).

Timing & Awards
Official times will only be taken for individuals who register for chip timing. Time clocks will be provided at the finish with split times at miles 1,2 and 3. The top overall male and overall female winners and the top three men and women in the following age groups will be awarded: 14 & Under; 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Results will be available the day after the event at www.chicagoevents.com.

Chip Timing Info
This year's event features the latest in timing technology: The Chronotrack Disposable Chip! The computer chip comes attached to a plastic strip that is already adhered to your bib #. No need to wait until race day to pick up your chip - it's already on your bib when you go to a Pre-Registration/Packet Pick-Up event!

The chip tag should be peeled from the bib on race day and attached to your shoelaces - adhesive tabs and your shoelaces keep the tag in place. You must cross the special mats at the start and finish lines in order for your time to be recorded.

After crossing the finish line, the tag is your's to dispose of or to keep as a souvenir of your experience at the St. Paddy's 5K & 8K Run.

Download this document instructions on how to attach the tag to your shoes on race day.

About Our Partner - Irish American Heritage Center
Located on Chicago's Northwest Side and incorporated in 1976, the Irish American Heritage Center (www.irish-american.org) is a non-political, non-denominational, and not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preserving Irish heritage, culture and tradition. The Center serves as a resource for the Chicago area, as well as national and international communities.

About our Partners
The programs of Special Olympics Chicago have been supported by Special Children's Charities since 1969. Special Children's Charities -- primary mission is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities.

In cooperation with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Special Olympics Illinois, Special Children's Charities is committed to providing year-round sports training, recreational and social programs for the children and adults of Special Olympics Chicago.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Kevin Turk at 773.584.6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Event Logistics
Still have questions regarding event logistics? Please contact Amy Sesol at 773.584.6613.

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