Desert Leprechaun 5k & 1 Mile

Sunday, 3/17/2024  – 1 Mile start: 8:15am | 5K start – 8:50am

Location: Armory Park, 220 S. 6th Avenue

WE ARE BACK FOR 2024 downtown at Armory Park!!!

Event Description

This event takes place 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.


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.

Click HERE for course maps.

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

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+

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 - 12:00 pm

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


    Steven Outridge