What could be luckier than racing on St. Patty’s Day? If you want to run a few miles to start the holiday, consider registering for this year’s Lucky Leprechaun 7k. It’s guaranteed to be a great time whether you want to run a fast time – and beat a leprechaun! – or take it easy and run or walk the course with family and friends.
Below, local race contact, Timothy Sluga, tells us more about this year’s race. For race specifics, see our Featured Races page.
Can you tell us a bit about the Lucky Leprechaun race and what makes it unique?
This year the race is on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s both a big deal for us and the community. Finishers will have the chance to join race sponsor, Leff’s Lucky Town, for a post-race bash that will also serve as the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The distance is also 7k, a quirky difference from the traditional 5k and 10k races runners typically participate in.
We’re also working with the MACC Fund and a portion of every registration will go to help them in their research dedicated to childhood cancer and related blood disorders.
The race is celebrating its 6th year in Milwaukee – is there anything new or different happening at this year’s race?
A big difference is that this year’s race actually falls on St. Patrick’s Day. It gives runners and walkers the option of getting a great workout in before joining the rest of the community in the holiday celebration.
A 7k race isn’t common – why was this distance selected?
We chose 7k for a couple of reasons. One, it just naturally fits with the name – lucky number 7 for the Lucky Leprechaun. Also, there aren’t too many 7k races around. Some people just get sick of doing the traditional 5k distance and some are looking for a race that’s a bit longer. The distance adds up to just over 4.3 miles, so it’s not as daunting as some people make it out to be when they see 7k.
What about the course – are there any major hills or tight turns runners should prepare for?
The course is relatively flat, so there’s nothing that is going to crush anyone. At just over 4 miles, it will go by kind of quick, but it will give runners and walkers some great scenery through Hart Park, scenic downtown Wauwatosa and into some of the connected neighborhoods.
Tell us more about the Out Run the Leprechaun contest – what are the details and how can people win?
Out Run the Leprechaun is to give some motivation for some of the faster runners to step up their game. Simply, we have a Leprechaun running in the race and it’ll be out to crush the competition – after all, it is the Leprechaun’s day. We have some special prizes for a few people who beat the Leprechaun in the race. Our Leprechaun is no joke, though, so you’ll have to step up your game to beat it.
Are there any other awards offered?
We have finisher awards for top males and females, but our run isn’t all about awards. We’ve kind of found a niche with families and friends who like to get out together and enjoy a run or walk as a group. It’s incredible when you see a family represented by someone as young as two, in a stroller, and as old 80, finishing together. It’s an altogether different kind of award.
What do participants get with their race registration?
Every runner receives an official race t-shirt. Runners who signed up for a couple of weeks in December also receive a pretty sharp Lucky stainless glass. Runners 21 and over will each receive two free beers after the race to help transition from the run into St. Paddy’s Day! We’ll also have chips, coffee and hot chocolate provided by Zilli Hospitality Group and bananas from Maglio & co. In addition, we hope to have some discounts and offers from local businesses to help keep people in and around Hart Park and downtown Wauwatosa.
What are some of the pre- and post-race happenings?
Pre-race we’ll have music playing by DJ Sinclair as well as some refreshments. Post-race is going to be a blast. Leff’s Lucky Town is providing two beers for each participant over the age of 21, as well as live music and a festive St. Patrick’s Day experience. We expect a lot of runners to hang around, so it should be a lot of fun.
Are volunteers needed? If so, how can people get involved?
We always welcome more volunteers. For people who want to be a part of the community, but might not be all that interested in the run itself, this is the perfect way to achieve that. If people are interested in volunteering they can contact Michael Bielawski with the MACC Fund at MBielawski@maccfund.org or 414- 955-5835.
Any other comments?
We’re really excited for the race. The response to registration has been great and we’re expecting a great crowd for a morning of exercise and an afternoon of fun.
We are lucky to be working with an awesome group of race sponsors. Performance Running Outfitters shares an unbelievable passion for running that really gets the community excited for our events. Zilli Hospitality Group has been great to work with and stepped up to take care of our pre- and post-race snacks. Maglio & Co. came on board late with bananas for everyone. WaterStone Bank gave us a great sponsor central to Wauwatosa. And, of course, who can forget Leff’s Lucky Town for bringing the party!
Thanks for chatting with us, Timothy! There’s still time to sign up for this year’s Lucky Leprechaun 7k. If you’re interested in getting in on the action, register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/12414/2018-lucky-leprechaun-7k
Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!