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Desert Leprechaun 5k & 1 Mile – 3/17/2024

Sunday, 3/17/2024, 8:15am – Armory Park – 220 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ



The St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade in downtown Tucson is back for 2024, and that means, so is the Desert Leprechaun 5K & 1 Mile!!!

Join us and help us support the Children of Fallen Officers!

Here's just some of what you can look forward to:

  • One FREE beer at the festival with your race entry (only for those over 21 years old, of course! Make sure you have your ID!) for both 5K and 1M entrants
  • Totally unique, custom finisher medal for 5K only
  • Custom Race Shirts for 5K only in both men's and women's sizes
  • Lots of great activities at the Festival starting at 10am including Food Vendors, Merchandize Vendors and a super cool Kids Zone. Many of the items at the festival, such as the food, much of the merchandize, etc., have a cost associated with them that is not included in your race entry fee.
  • Both the men's and women's winner of the 5K will get to be in the parade!

Bring your entire family out in the morning to get your run or walk on, and then stay for the parade and festival. It will be an experience you won't soon forget! We at SAR are very proud to continue the long running tradition associated with the festival by Steve Taggart of Tagg Running Events.

Register online HERE!

To print a mail in registration form please click HERE!

SAR members get a $5 discount for early registration in the 5K

5K – Non SAR5K – SAR Mbr1 Mile (Ages 3

& under free)

Prior to 2/1/24




2/1/24 – 2/29/24




3/1/24 – 3/14/24




PP & Race Day





** Please bring cash or check for Packet Pickup on Race Morning registration

** Please note that Packet Pickup and Race Morning registrants for the 5K will not immediately receive a t-shirt. Instead they will be asked to check on shirt availability after they finish the 5K race and may pick one up while supplies last.

Race Day Timeline

7:30am – Race Day registration opens in Armory Park

8:00am – course closes to traffic

8:05am – National Anthem

8:07am – 1 Milers walk to start line down 6th avenue

8:15am – 1 Mile start

8:45am – National Anthem

8:4uam – 5K participants walk to start line

8:50am – 5K Race start

9:30am – 5K Award ceremony begins in Armory Park near finish line

10:00am – Festival and Beer Garden Open. Runners of age with bibs get 1 free beer with ticket

10:30am – 5K Winning Male and Female to parade VIP area and parade starts

12:00pm – End of Free Drink Ticket Handouts for Runners of age with bibs


Saturday, 3/16/24 at The Running Shop from 10am-1pm

Sunday, 3/17/24 at the event site from 7:30am until 15 minutes before event start time.

Flat and fast, 3 loop course for the 5K and 1 loop for the 1 Mile race. Both courses are USATF Certified and eligible for state age group records.

5K Course map below.  To view in another window click HERE.

1M Course map below.  To view in another window click HERE.

Park outside the loop course and staging area. More specifically we recommend you park North of Broadway, east of 4th ave, south of 17th Street or west of Stone. Don’t park anywhere inside of these streets or you may not be able to leave the area until after the road closures end or risk getting vehicle towed if parked on the parade route.

The 5K will have male and female awards for Top 3 Overall, Top Masters, and Top 3 in 5 year age groups up to 80+

This event benefits the Children of Fallen Officers as a tribute to so many of the heroes in our community who have made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us!

We continue to monitor relevant information and consult with public health guidelines appropriate for Pima County and will ensure that all race day activities are compliant with recommendations and best practices.


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    Mar 17 2024


    8:15 am - 11:00 am

    More Info



    Armory Park
    220 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson


    Steven Outridge