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Run with the Lucky Leprechaun around the Lake at Nathan Benderson Park and enjoy the gold at the end of the rainbow!  Family fun with running, walking, food and drinks for all ages at the inaugural Lucky Leprechaun 5K. Kids dash for the coins in the age bracketed rainbow dashes and runners and walkers can participate in the chip-timed 5K around the lake.  Top 100 male and 100 female finishers will be awarded a commemorative prize. The entire family will enjoy Irish music, food, drinks and games at the festival at the finish line! All participants receive a race shirt, and finisher's medal, plus 1 food and 1 drink ticket per bib to celebrate St. Paddy's day. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase at the finish line festival.

Registration fees

5K Loop Closed

Registration closed
  • Loop around and across the Lake for a festive 5K. First one to the finish wins the Lucky Leprechaun's pot of gold!

    1. $30.00
      Jan 12 – Jan 31
    2. $35.00
      Feb 1 – Mar 14
    3. $40.00
      Mar 15 – Mar 16

Kids Rainbow Dash Closed

Kids' Dash Distances (by age): 100 Meters (3-4 years old) 200 Meters (5-6 years old) 400 Meters (7-9 Years old) 800 Meters (10-12 Years Old)

  1. $20.00
    Jan 12 - Mar 16

Festival Entry - Food and Drink Closed

Don't want to race, but still want to attend the family friendly festival? Purchase entry to the festival and cheer on the runners plus receive food and drink tickets and join in on the celebration!

  1. $10.00
    Jan 12 - Mar 16

5K Untimed Walk Closed

Registration closed
  • Walk the 5K Course at a leisurely pace and join the finish line festival after your stroll. Walk participants still receive a race shirt and finisher's medal, but will not be included in timed results.

    1. $25.00
      Jan 12 – Mar 14
    2. $30.00
      Mar 15 – Mar 16

Virtual 5K Closed

Can't make it out on race day? Participate virtually and receive the official finisher's medal and race shirt. Virtual participants are not eligible for top finisher awards, but are eligible for inclusion in the Holiday Race Challenge.

  1. $40.00
    Jan 12 - Mar 16

Race Shirt

Official Race Shirt is a poly-blend tee from Leslie Jordan, available in Women's and Unisex sizing.  Tees run true to size. Youth shirts will be cotton tees.


Packet Pick Up Schedule

Fit2Run Downtown Sarasota
Sunday 3.10.19, 12pm-4pm
Monday 3.11.19, 12pm-7pm

Fit2Run University Town Center
Tuesday 3.12.19, 12pm-7pm
Wednesday 3.13.19, 12pm-7pm
Thursday 3.14.19, 12pm-7pm
Friday 3.15.19, 12pm-7pm

Nathan Benderson Park
Race Day 3.16.19 4pm-5:30pm

Holiday Race Challenge


Lucky Leprechaun 5K is the first of 3 races in the Holiday Race Challenge. Participate in all 3 races at Nathan Benderson Park and be awarded a special medal at the finish line of the final race. Register for the challenge prior to 3/16 and get an exclusive tri-blend long sleeve shirt celebrating the Holiday Challenge. 

Learn more and sign up for the Challenge here!

5K Course


Finish Line Festival


Festive beverages and Irish style food will be waiting for you at the finish line!  All participants receive 1 food and 1 beverage ticket for Irish themed food and drink as you enjoy the entertainment and games after the race. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Race Day Schedule

March 16 4PM - Race Day Registration Opens

March 16 5PM - Kids' Rainbow Dash

March 16 5PM - Food and Beverage Tents Open

March 16 6PM - 5K Starts

March 16 6:30PM - Official After Party Start

March 16 8PM - Festival Ends

Want to know more?

Be sure to RSVP to the event on Facebook for more details as they are announced! 

Contact Information

Event Location

Nathan Benderson Park, Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL, USA

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