Race It: Lucky Leprechaun 7k

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!

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Lucky Leprechaun Race Entry Winners!

Happy Tuesday! Today we’re announcing the winners of the Lucky Leprechaun race entries!

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The winners are … Renee H. and Brian D.! Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the Lucky Leprechaun Run. And you can save $5 on registration by using the code RUNMKE1.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Race It: 2016 Lucky Leprechaun 7k

In MKE, we celebrate St. Patty’s Day all through the weekend. And one event you won’t want to miss is the Lucky Leprechaun 7k!

Below, Joe Trinosky, Marketing Manager with Vision Event Management, tells us all about this year’s race and why it will be the biggest and best yet!

For race specifics, visit our Featured Races page.

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Can you tell us a bit about Lucky Leprechaun and what makes it unique?
The Lucky Leprechaun 7K is a fun 4.3-mile jaunt through Tosa, beginning and finishing in Hart Park. We have the best post-race party in town at Leff’s Lucky Town, which will feature nationally touring DJ Sinclair along with a live band, games, 2 free green beers from Miller Lite, plenty of food options and more fun than you can shake your green beads at!

Is there anything new or different happening at this year’s race?
We have really upped the party in 2016 for the Lucky Leprechaun 7K! There are many additions coming this year to ensure everyone has a fantastic time, which include perks from mini-boxes of Lucky Charms at the finish line to celebratory green beer from sponsor Miller Lite. We are also upping the party by including nationally touring DJ Sinclair and will have some of the best party games for everyone to enjoy. But seasoned veterans needn’t worry – the longstanding favorite aspects, such as our 10:00am start time, will remain in 2016.

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What is the course like and do you have any tips for runners hoping for a fast time?
The 7K (4.3 Miles) course will start and finish near Leff’s Lucky Town and will incorporate Hart Park and the village of Tosa. One water station will be located approximately halfway through the course as well as the start/finish line. Mile markers and clocks will be displayed at each mile. Those that are hoping for a fast time should pace themselves off of Zippy, our speedy mascot who will be leading the pack and hoping to keep everyone away from his pot o’ gold!

What are the award divisions?
Award divisions in 2016 will consist of top three men, top three women, and there will also be a prize for the first 10 people to beat Zippy, our running leprechaun. Runners #7, #77, and #777 will also be awarded prizes for being one of the “Lucky #7” finishers!

What do participants get with their race registration?
This year’s Lucky Leprechaun 7K is blowing it out for everyone that registers! Everyone will receive a commemorative T-shirt and for this year’s race, we pumped up the party by bringing DJ Sinclair to the start/finish line. As everyone crosses the finish line, they will be greeted with gold coins, Lucky Charms and green beer from Miller Lite. There will also be coffee and hot cocoa from Valentine Coffee. Marcus Theaters will have popcorn available to the first 500 people who visit their booth. Plentiful food options will be available as well as live music, theme dancers and music from a bagpiper. It’s going to be a festival that just happens to include a race for everyone to enjoy first!

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What are some of the pre- and post-race happenings?
This year, we really amped up the pre- and post- race events! Before the race all participants are going to be able to warm up to the beats of nationally touring DJ Sinclair, who has been rocking the US from coast to coast for years. We will also have the traditional bagpiper on hand to keep us in the Irish spirit.

At the post-race celebration, we have upped the party and there will be everyone’s favorite party games and both DJ Sinclair and Tallymoore on-hand keeping everyone entertained while they enjoy two complementary adult beverages from sponsor Miller Lite. For those that don’t wish to partake in adult beverages, drink tickets can also be used to redeem coffee and hot cocoa from Valentine Coffee. When the post-race munchies hit, Leff’s Lucky Town will be preparing a special selection of food. There will also be food available from two food trucks, Gouda Girls and Burgermeister.

Everyone is encouraged to keep the party going at Leff’s and enjoy the first weekend of college men’s b-ball tourney games!

Are volunteers needed? If so, how can people get involved?
Amazingly enough, we have already maxed out our volunteer spots for the 2016 Lucky Leprechaun 7K! With the help of the MACC Fund, all volunteer help was secured very early. We would like to take this time to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our volunteers in advance!

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Joe!

Today’s your lucky day! Vision Event Management has generously provided two race entries for a giveaway! To enter to win one of the race entries, tell us in the comments section:

Do you have a lucky item or ritual? If so, what is it and what’s the significance?

Best of luck to all who enter – We’ll announce the winners on Feb. 23! In the meantime, if you’d like to register for the race, use the code RUNMKE1 to save $5!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Race It: Lucky Leprechaun 7k + A Race Entry Giveaway!

Leave it to the luckiest race in town to keep St. Patty’s Day festivities going through the weekend! Below, Sandra Chambers from Vision Event Management gives us the scoop on this year’s Lucky Leprechaun 7k race.

For race specifics, view our Featured Races page.

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Can you tell us a bit about the Lucky Leprechaun race and what makes it unique?
The 3rd Annual Lucky Leprechaun 7K will take place on March 21st beginning at 10am, when participants (most of whom will be dressed in their best green gear) with run or walk through Wauwatosa and Hart Park. After the race, participants keep the St. Paddy’s festivities going at the post-race party hosted by Legendary Leff’s Lucky Town. Here, participants will get their two complimentary beers and enjoy music from the band, Talleymoore. The race is open to all ages and benefits the MACC Fund.

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Is there anything new or different happening at this year’s race?
2 FREE BEERS!

What is the course like and do you have any tips for runners hoping for a fast time?
If you’ve never run a 7K, then you are guaranteed to PR! Lucky Map

What are the award divisions?
Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers.

What can you tell us about the various contests on race day?
The Out Run the Leprechaun Promotion is presented by Performance Running Outfitters – if you think you can run faster than a leprechaun, prove it! The top five individuals who can out run Zippy, our Leprechaun, will receive a $20 gift card to Performance Running Outfitters. Get your training shoes on and “Out Run the Leprechaun”!

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Costume Contest!
We invite all participants to dress in their St. Patty’s best! Wear your St. Patrick’s Day themed outfit and upload your photos to our Facebook page after the event. Winners will be mailed a prize.

Lucky #7, #77 and #777 Finishers!
Have you been skillfully training to cross the finish line as finisher #7, #77 or #777? If you cross the finish line as one of these finishers, you will become the lucky winner of many gift certificates, provided by Performance Running Outfitters, Cafe Hollander, Leff’s Lucky Town and more! Be sure to check your results and come to the finish line to claim your prize if you happen to be one of these finishers!

What do participants get with their race registration?
Each participant gets a 2015 Lucky Leprechaun 7K participant shirt, entry into the 7K race, entrance into the Leff’s Lucky Town post-race party, participation in all the festivities and contests and 2 FREE BEERS!

When and where is packet pickup this year?
When: Friday, March 20th, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Where: Performance Running Outfitters, Ruby Isle Shopping Center, 2205 N Calhoun Road, Brookfield

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When: Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Time: 8:30-9:45 AM
Where: Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut Street. Wauwatosa

Who is this year’s charitable partner?
The MACC Fund is the official charity partner for the Lucky Leprechaun 7K.

Founded in 1976, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (the MACC Fund) is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorders research. Their goal, with your help, is to find a cure for childhood cancer and related blood disorders by providing critical funding for research. The MACC Fund gives the Gift of Hope through Research. Every penny counts. Every donation matters. Why? Because every child battling cancer or a blood disorder is someone’s child, someone’s sibling, someone’s friend. Every donation gives hope to a child fighting cancer or a blood disorder.

Our goal is to fulfill the mission and to cure the MACC Fund out of existence. For more information please visit MACCFund.org.

Are you feeling lucky?

One Keep Running MKE reader will win a free entry to the Lucky Leprechaun race! To enter, tell us in the comments:

What race day ritual, item of clothing, mantra, etc. helps you feel lucky while racing?

Best of luck to all who enter. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, February 18.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

*Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing keeprunningmke@gmail.com. If the prize is not claimed within that time frame, we will select a new winner.

Lucky Leprechaun Run Giveaway Winner!

Hey MKE Runners – It’s time for us to announce the winner of the Lucky Leprechaun race entry giveaway!

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The winner is … Laura @ Backstage Balance! Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Remember, there’s still time to sign up for the Lucky Leprechaun Run. The price increases tomorrow, so be sure to register today, if you can.

That’s it for today but stay tuned for more runner profiles, race previews and another race entry giveaway!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

The Luckiest Race in Town + A Race Entry Giveaway!

MKE runners, you’re in luck: The Lucky Leprechaun 7k is coming to town, just in time to extend the St. Patty’s Day holiday!

Below, Anna Ryan from Vision Event Management tells us a bit about the upcoming race.

For more details about the Lucky Leprechaun 7k, visit our Featured Races page.

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Can you tell us a bit about the Lucky Leprechaun race and what makes it different/unique?

The Lucky Leprechaun Run is different from other races because it is a unique distance at 7K. There is a great atmosphere with bag pipers, dancers, live music and a free post-race beer for those 21 and older.

A 7k race is unique – What prompted Vision to do a race of this distance?

We wanted to try a fun, unique distance that is different from your average 5K.

Is there anything new or different happening at this year’s race?

This year we have changed the course to incorporate Tosa Village and to start right in front of Leff’s Lucky Town. We have also added a fun contest where the #7, #77 and #777 finishers will receive a fantastic prize!

What is the course like and do you have any tips for runners hoping for a fast time?

The 2014 Lucky Leprechaun 7K offers a new and improved route, unique to Tosa! Lucky participants will start on State Street right in front of a favorite local pub: Leff’s Lucky Town. Participants will then head through the Tosa Village before going across the Harmonee Bridge. Sights along the course include St. John’s Lutheran church, the Kavanaugh neighborhood and Honey Creek Parkway. Runners will the finish in a festively decorated Hart Park and celebrate their accomplishment Milwaukee style! The course is a little bit hilly for those looking for speed.

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Can you tell us a bit about the Outrun the Leprechaun contest?

We teamed up with Performance Running Outfitters to bring in a speedy Leprechaun. The first 10 participants to pass “Zippy” may win a PRO gift certificate or additional gift certificates from local restaurants.

What do participants get with along with their race registration?

Participants receive a t-shirt, green beads, green beer and post-race food.

Any details about the post-race party?

There will be live Irish music, a photo booth and, of course, beer!

Can you tell us about this year’s charitable partner?

Founded in 1976, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (the MACC Fund) is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. Our goal, with your help, is to find a cure for childhood cancer and related blood disorders by providing critical funding for research.

The MACC Fund gives the Gift of Hope through Research. Every penny counts. Every donation matters. Why? Because every child battling cancer or a blood disorder is someone’s child, someone’s sibling, someone’s friend. Every donation gives hope to a child fighting cancer or a blood disorder. Last year, the Lucky Leprechaun Run donated $10,000 to the MACC Fund!

Here’s your chance to get lucky …

We’re giving away a free entry to the Lucky Leprechaun 7k! To enter:

  • Tell us about your pre-race rituals or favorite clothing items to wear to a race for good luck.

For additional entries do the following and let us know you did each action in separate comments:

Good luck! We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, February 11 and announce the winner the following day. Be sure to check back on Wednesday morning to see if you’re our winner!*

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

*Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize by emailing keeprunningmke@gmail.com. If the prize is not claimed within that time frame, we will select a new winner.