FAQ

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Q: What does the race benefit?
The Leprechaun Run benefits Special Olympics Philadelphia. To learn more about how you're making a difference for these talented athletes, click here.

Q: What if I want to raise additional funds for Special Olympics?
We'd love it! In fact, you can even earn extra incentives! Did you know, on average, it costs about $227 for ONE athlete to participate in Special Olympics programming for an entire year? Just a little fundraising can really make a big impact. You can find out more about fundraising for Special Olympics by clicking here

Q: Are there incentives if I decide to fundraise?
Yes! Beyond the fact that you're making an impact on local Special Olympics athletes, we'll also throw in awesome prizes. If you raise $100 you'll receive an awesome Leprechaun Run tumbler. Raise $150 and receive a portable power bank (charging stick). Raise $250 and earn a Leprechaun Run event hoodie!!! And what if you want to raise $100 for each mile and hit $500? You will be given a $50 gift card to a local retailer (store TBD)!

Q: Do I have to use "online" registration?
No - paper registration forms are available. Please email bkleine@specialolympicspa.org to receive this file for printing. You can mail these in, or bring them to walk up registration (remember, walk up registration costs more than mailing in your form or registering online). All checks should be made out to Special Olympics Pennsylvania. 

Q: Where does the race start?
On MLK drive near the Art Museum. Race maps will be made available in early 2015.

Q: Where can I pickup my race packet?
We will host a bib pickup on Friday, March 13th. Location TBD. You will also be able to check in and receive your bib and event shirt on the morning of the race.

Q: Is there a bag check area?
No, we do not have a secure bag check area. 

Q: Can I walk this event?
Walkers are invited to participate in the 2 mile "fun run" starting immediately after the 5 miler. Participants may walk the 5 mile course as well.


Q: What time do the races start?

9:00am. 

Q: Is there a cut off time?
No, we will not have a cut off time.

Q: Can my children participate?
Children under 8 can participate for free (but will not receive a shirt) - no online registration necessary. ALL participants must complete a waiver on race day regardless of age. Children must run or walk - strollers, wagons and bikes are NOT permitted. 


Q: Can I register the morning of the race?
Yes! However, please note that prices go up slightly on race morning, and we cannot guarantee an event shirt or size for you. You can register online through Wednesday evening (11:55PM), March 11th, 2015. 

Q: Are there any course restrictions?
Strollers, wagons, skates, bikes and animals (pets) are NOT allowed on the course for either race. 
Q: Will there be food after the race?
Yes! We'll have water and some goodies to keep you fueled!
Q: Will there be starting corrals?
No, not officially. The 5 Mile race will be chip-timed however, we highly encourage faster folks to line up in the front, while slower runners should stick to the middle and back. If you're walking, PLEASE start at the back. 

Q: What happens if it rains?

We will still run in the rain. If there is lightning we will delay the start. If the course isn't safe, we'll have to cancel the race. If we do not foresee a large enough time window to execute the race, the race will be canceled. 
Q: Will the event be timed?
Yes. The 5 mile run will be a timed event.
Q: Will the event be photographed?
Yes. We a photographer onsite. Pictures will be available shortly after the race! Links to the photos will be posted on the main page after the event.

Q: Will there be awards?
Yes. We will have awards for the first-third overall Male and Female, and first place awards for age groups. Runners can only win one award. There will also be a special Law Enforcement award for the top male and female law enforcement participants.

Q: How can I volunteer?
This race depends on volunteer support, so we're glad you asked! Volunteers perform a variety of tasks, from helping out with registration, sorting through participant goody bags, helping prep the course, assisting the race timing company and handing out water. Visit our Volunteer tab for more information!


The Rules:

1) All race entries are final. No refunds will be provided should you have to cancel. 

2) Race Director, the Race Committee, and the venue staff reserve the right to reject an application or remove any participant from the course at our discretion.

3) Runners should stay on the right side of the road whenever possible. This is especially important because the course is an "out and back" design. 

4) We do not allow dogs, skates, bikes or baby joggers on the race course.


5) Transfer of race numbers is strictly prohibited. Anytime a runner uses another person's number, it causes concern for a race director. For your safety, we need to know who is in the race, and who should be contacted in the event of an emergency. In addition race results are adversely affected from this, which can cause awards errors in a small race. Please help us enforce this rule by not giving your number away.

6) There are no pacers or bandits allowed in the race. Any runner found on the course without a number will be removed. Any extra runners entering the race takes away from those that paid to run.


7) Once you cross the finish line, please keep moving forward. This is important as we need to have a clear area for all runners to finish. Please respect this rule. Even if your friend is just a few minutes behind you, please head towards the post race area and meet them there.


8) Share the road. The road is wide for most of the course, and frequently allows for 3-4 runners wide, but we still request runners to not block the roads by running three runners across. Show courtesy to runners when passing. When getting passed, move to the right side of the road to allow the faster runner by. This will help ensure a safe race for everyone.