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.


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.


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!


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: Drumstick Dash 5k

Thanksgiving is all about tradition and for many MKE runners this includes participating in a local turkey trot.

Drumstick Dash is one of the most popular turkey trots in the Milwaukee area and is a fun event for the entire family. Below, Joe Trinosky, Marketing Manager with Vision Event Management, tells us more about this year’s race.

For race specifics, visit our Featured Races page.


This is Drumstick Dash’s fourth year in MKE – can you talk a bit about what makes this race a Thanksgiving favorite?
That is a great question and there are a few reasons why the Drumstick Dash is a Thanksgiving favorite: First off, it is a great way for people to give back to their community and help those in need. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the benefiting partner for the Drumstick Dash, and to date, we’ve raised more than 100,000 meals for those less fortunate in Eastern Wisconsin. Having an event that gives back at a time when we sit down to give thanks really resonates with our participants. Secondly, it is a fun way for families to get out and burn some calories together before a meal. Many participants dress in Thanksgiving-themed costumes, adding to the level of fun for everyone. Lastly, the Drumstick Dash is at Miller Park, home of the Brewers, and people love the atmosphere that a professional sporting venue provides.


Is there anything new or different at this year’s race?
Last year was such a success at Miller Park so we are keeping with a majority of the same aspects. We do have Fox6 and FM102.1 joining us this year, which is new and exciting, and we are very happy to have them onboard.

How can participants best enjoy the fun race atmosphere?
A great way to join in the fun atmosphere is to register a team and have everyone come dressed in a Thanksgiving theme. Every year there are groups of people who make the event enjoyable for everyone by the festive spirit they instill. From turkeys to cornucopias, you see a little bit of everything at the Drumstick Dash. We encourage everyone to come out and embrace the spirit of the Drumstick Dash, which is “Move Your Feet so Others Can Eat!”


What should participants expect at this year’s event?
This year’s event will offer people who donate cash or food items to win a turkey or pie from Sendik’s food market. Also, the top five finishers who are able to beat Dash, our sprinting turkey in the race, will receive gift certificates to Performance Running Outfitters. Packet pick up and the race are at Miller Park, which provides excitement in the location alone! Parking for packet pickup and race day will be free. All questions regarding the race map and parking are answered in the FAQ section on our website.


What are the award divisions?
We will be awarding the top 3 male and top 3 female runners. We will also have the following divisions at this year’s Drumstick Dash:

Runners – There will be pace signs for the running division including 6min & Under, 6-7min, 7-8min, 8-9min, 9-10min, 10-11min, 11-12min, 12-13min, 13-14min, 14 & Over minutes/mile
Runners w/strollers
Walkers w/strollers

Can you tell us a bit about the Outta Town Dash Around option? How can people sign up for this option?
The Outta Town Dash Around is a great way for those who are traveling for Thanksgiving, or who have moved away but love to be involved in their hometown tradition. For our Outta Town Dash Around, people need to register by November 15 and they will receive a Drumstick Dash long-sleeve T-shirt to wear wherever they are on Thanksgiving morning. Participants in the Outta Town Dash Around are encouraged to share their photos on our social media channels and use the hashtags #OuttaTownDashAround and #DrumstickDashMKE. To sign up, select the Outta Town Dash Around during registration.

Can you tell us a bit about the raffle and how runners/walkers can earn raffle tickets? What are the raffle prizes?
There will be turkeys and pies raffled off for people who provide donations. For those who donate with their registration, we will raffle off 45 pies to people who donate between $25-49 and 15 turkeys for people who donate $50 or more. There will also be raffles held the day of the event, with one raffle ticket awarded for every food item or $1 donation. Once participants cross the finish line, they can go by the Clock Tower entrance to see if they are a winner.

For family and friends of runners – are volunteers needed at the event? If so, what are volunteers needed for and how can people sign up?
Yes! We need 100+ volunteers to make this a successful event! Volunteer positions begin at 7:00am and are finished by 10:00am, and include Packet Pick-Up, Finish Line, Course and the Water Station. To sign up for a specific shift or to learn more, contact Pahoua Xiong at (414) 831-6326 or pxiong@feedingamericawi.org.

Any other comments?
We look forward to everyone coming out for this Thanksgiving tradition and giving back on this day when many of us sit down to give thanks. Be sure to “Move Your Feet so Others Can Eat!”

Thanks for chatting with us about the race, Joe! If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming race, here’s how you can connect:

Website: http://www.visioneventmanagement.com/pages/drumstick-dash.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrumstickDash/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DashMilwaukee

Who wants to win a race entry?
Vision Event Management has generously provided a race entry for one lucky Keep Running MKE reader.

To enter to win a free race entry, tell us in the comments section:

What are you most thankful for this year?

Best of luck to all who enter. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 6.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Race It: Drumstick Dash + A Race Entry Giveaway!

Gobble gobble! A slice of pumpkin pie is about 300 calories. But you can burn that pie off in advance at this year’s Drumstick Dash!

Below, Sandra Chambers from Vision Event Management, tells us what to expect at this year’s event + a few tweaks that should make this year’s race experience the best yet!

For race specifics, view our Featured Races page.


This is Drumstick Dash’s third year in MKE – can you tell us a bit about what makes this race a Thanksgiving favorite?
The Drumstick Dash, presented by Sendik’s, is special because of all the people in Eastern Wisconsin that the race benefits. Our slogan is “Move Your Feet So Others Can EAT” and we partner with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin whose mission is To Feed The Hungry – that’s what this event is all about. It is quickly becoming a Thanksgiving Day tradition for families (along with their guests from out-of-town) to participate in the Drumstick Dash and our Food Drive as the perfect start to the day. You also can’t beat the atmosphere on Thanksgiving morning at a run … Everybody is so happy, anxious and just ready to get moving knowing that the turkey and pie will taste so much better having burned some calories!


We hear this year’s course is a bit different along with the way the race start will work – can you tell us a bit about these changes?
We took the feedback from last year’s participants and made improvements to the course for this year. We still start and finish at the Brewer’s stadium but we’ve tweaked the course to give participants more room to maneuver. We’ve also divided participants into four new divisions: Runners, Runners w/ Strollers, Walkers and Walkers w/ Strollers to make sure those who are aiming for a PR (or to outrun Dash, the Drumstick Dash mascot) will be at the front of the line. We offer a reduced entry fee for children 5-12 years old and kids ages 4 and under are free!


What should participants expect at this year’s event?
Parking for Packet Pickup and on Race day is FREE! Packet Pickup is Wednesday, November 26 (12-6pm) & Thursday, November 27 (7-8:15am) at Miller Park. All participants will receive the 2014 Drumstick Dash long-sleeved shirt, which is in the design process right now!

This year, we will once again have our “Out Run the Turkey” Promotion presented by Performance Running Outfitters. For the runners who think they can outrun Dash, our turkey, we say prove it! The top 5 individuals who can outrun Dash will receive a $20 gift card to Performance Running Outfitters. The next 10 individuals will receive a pie provided by Sendik’s.


What is the Outta Town Dash Around option? How can people sign up?
The Outta Town Dash Around is new this year. We know many people travel for Thanksgiving but still want to participate in the Drumstick Dash. Now they can by registering at www.DrumstickDashMilwaukee.com for the Outta Town Dash Around! Registration includes a race shirt which is mailed to you before Thanksgiving. The idea is to take your shirt with you and run where you are while feeding the hungry and homeless in Milwaukee. Also, if you take a picture in your Dash shirt on Thanksgiving morning – wherever you run – and upload it to our Facebook page, you’ll be entered to win a prize!

Who is this year’s non-profit partner?
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a food bank. Their warehouses in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley distribute more than 22 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies that serve 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin. Since their first donation of a bushel of apples, they’ve distributed more than 330 million pounds of food to the hungry in Wisconsin!

Can you tell us a bit about the raffle and how runners/walkers can earn raffle tickets? What are the raffle prizes?
Our Food Drive and Donation Collection is an important focus for us and is a great way for participants to help feed the hungry as well as win prizes in the raffle. We encourage all participants to bring their Food/Monetary Donations on Race Day. $1 = 5 Meals for someone in need!

Participants will receive 1 raffle ticket for every $1 or food donation item. Volunteers will be on hand to collect food and issue raffle tickets. Hang on to your raffle tickets and after the race check back at Miller Park to see if you are a lucky winner! Prizes include pies, turkeys and gift certificates.

Any other comments?
Drumstick Dash would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Sendik’s Food Market, for their continued support for Drumstick Dash. Here is a message from Sendik’s to all 2014 participants:

We are thrilled you are joining us on Thanksgiving morning for the third annual Drumstick Dash 5K! Sendik’s is excited to again be part of this Milwaukee Thanksgiving tradition, and we’re very happy to be able to support our friends at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Please remember to bring your non-perishable food items on race day and help us feed the hungry in our community. See you on the course!

Thanks for chatting with us, Sandra! Now for the part you’ve been waiting for … how would you like to win one of two race entries to this year’s Drumstick Dash?

To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell us something you’re thankful for this year.

Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway. We’ll announce the winners on Monday, November 10!

Until then …

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.