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Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5k

Sat March 2, 2024 Manhattan, IL 60442 US Directions



11:00AM CST


15601 Sweedler Road
Manhattan, IL US 60442


Welcome to Irish Fest: In cooperation with the Irish American Society of County Will, the Prairie State Road Runners proudly presents the annual Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5k. This unique race starts a parade, runs along the parade route, and is included with festival activities. After competing on a fast and flat road race course, runners get admission to the main tent for awards, food and beverages.

Parking: Because of the parade, parking in town is very limited. We strongly advise all race participants to park at the Metra station at 15601 W. Sweedler, and take the buses that will be provided. Bus service begins from the Metra Station at 9:00am. The last bus leaving the Metra Station for the start line is 10:30am. The race forms at the intersection of North and Thelma streets, near St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Christ.

Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup: The Metra station is also the designated area for race day registration and packet pickup starting at 8:30am.  Registration will close at 10:30am, with bus service from there to the starting line. (See below for early packet pickup).

Early Packet Pickup: Race packets my be picked up on Friday, March 1 at Fitness Premier in Manhattan. When registering for the race, you will have the option to purchase additional festival buttons at the special presale price of $10 each. Though we strive for accuracy, please make sure you receive the correct amount of festival buttons before leaving the fitness center. The buttons are good for admission to the festival that same evening, so you may want to plan to get your packet early.   

Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus service begins at 9:00am. The last bus is scheduled to leave Metra Station at 10:30.  If you miss the bus, you will have but a one-mile warm-up run from the lot to the starting line. There will be no gear check, so please leave your extra things in your car. After the race, a bus at Anna McDonald school take you back to the Metra parking lot.  The last bus from the finish area will be leaving for the Metra Station at 12:30pm.

The Race: The course is certified (USATF #IL15029). 

Post-race Party: Snacks and water will be available at the finish line, however participants will want to make their way to the main festival tent, where they will find hot sandwiches, beer, and other beverages for purchase. The post-race party is the on-stage entertainment in the main tent: live music, Irish dancing, and bagpipe bands!  All race participants will receive coupons in their race packets, to redeem for a free beer or non-alcoholic beverage. 

Awards: Overall male and female winners will receive trophies. Overall Master Male and Female (40 and over) will receive trophies.  All other age groups will receive medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Age groups are: 14 and Under; and 5-year age groups beginning with 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. to 80 and over. All participants that are 14 and under will receive a participation award at the finish line.

Volunteers needed: Register as a volunteer and receive Irish Fest Admission Button and coupons. You don't even have to break a sweat!

 Last day to register for guaranteed shirt in your desired size, is February 16th!

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