Desert Leprechaun 5k Run/Walk

Sunday, 3/17/2024  – 1 Mile start: 8:15am | 5K start – 9:00am

Location: Armory Park, 220 S. 6th Avenue

Event Description

This is an event to be held in conjunction with the amazing Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.

Here’s 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 amazing 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.

Fees & Registration

To Register online: Check back here later in 2023

See the online link above for pricing. SAR members will get a $5 discount

** 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.


To volunteer, please check back here in early 2024

Packet Pickup Info

Saturday, 3/9/24 from 10am-1pm at The Running Shop

Sunday, 3/10/24 from 7:30am until events begin

Course Info and Timeline

Flat and fast, 3 loop course for the 5K and 1 loop for the 1 Mile race.

Click HERE for course maps.

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

8:50am – National Anthem

8:52am – 5K participants walk to start line

9:00am – 5K Race start

9:40am – 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

Participant and Volunteer Parking

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.


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

Safety Guidelines & Protocols

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.


    Mar 17 2024


    8:15 am - 12:00 pm

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    Downtown Tucson
    200 S 6th Ave Tucson, AZ US 85701


    Steven Outridge