Leprechaun Race - 5K, run, walk, stroller, race, Reno, Nevada

Sunday, March 12, 2017
8:30 AM

Join us for the Leprechaun Race, a 5K run and walk in Reno, Nevada through the Midtown and Wells Avenue districts. It is family friendly. This is a great first 5K for new runners. Costumes are encouraged. Also, this is the first race toward earning your 4-Race Medal and if you are speedy, to score points for the 2017 Point Series.

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Yes, there will be a speedy leprechaun in the race. The leprechaun will start after everyone else has begun, giving everyone a generous head start. If you beat the leprechaun across the finish line, you will win a special prize.

Don't despair if the leprechaun beats you to the finish. For every runner and walker who the leprechaun passes, the leprechaun's pot of gold will grow in size. Who will benefit from the increased pot of gold? The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), who is Race178's non profit partner in the event.

The first 4 years of this event Race178 has made a large donation to the Discovery Museum: $5,000 each year. If we get the same type of turn out that we have seen the first 4 years, we will be able to make this type of donation again this year.

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What Everyone Gets

  • Personalized race bib if you register by February 26th;
  • Complimentary access to professional training plans from Lauren Evans at Fizio to get you ready - see upper right hand corner of the webpage;
  • A scenic and mostly flat course through the Midtown and Wells Avenue Districts closed to traffic and monitored closely by a lot of RPD officers and volunteers;
  • Leprechaun Race cup (new and improved from the stadium cups of yesteryear), Lenny the Leprechaun tattoo, treat from Nature's Bakery and more;
  • Free entry into the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum on race day by showing your race number;
  • Musical entertainment by Johnno "The Rhino" Lazetich and a bagpiper too;
  • A finish line party with refreshments and a variety of vendors;
  • Foam rolling / stretching zone presented by Kaia Fit;
  • The chance to race a real life Leprechaun. And for those who beat him, you will receive a distinctive pilsner glass in celebration of your big win;
  • Chip timing;
  • An awards ceremony with cool green age group prizes;
  • We post hundreds of photos on the Race178 Facebook page that you can view and download free of charge;
  • Ceol Irish Pub is just a short walk away and will open just for Leprechaun Race participants after the race. They will be offering drinks at special prices and make a donation to The Discovery;
  • A complimentary beer at Fizio during packet pick-up;
  • Race specials with local businesses, to be announced soon;
  • First race toward the 2017 Race178 4-Race Medal; and
  • First chance to score points for the 2017 Race178 Point Series.

Race Specials

We have compiled a lot of special offers for you. The details for the offers can be found here plus we'll list them on the back of your race bib. You should come out way ahead here! Below is a list of participating businesses.

  • BFF Café
  • Bibo Coffee Company
  • Eclipse Pizza
  • Eclipse Running
  • Fizio
  • Great Full Gardens
  • Kaia FIT
  • Reno Running Company
  • Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • SixFour Growlers
  • Walden's Coffee

Thanks to these local businesses for their generosity!

Course Details

View a map of our course

The course showcases two of Reno's most vibrant neighborhoods: Midtown and Wells Avenue. The course should be fast, mostly flat with lots of long straightaways and no dramatic climbs. The course will use the following streets: Stewart, Wells, Pueblo, Holcomb and Center.

The start and finish will be located adjacent to The Discovery located at 490 South Center Street. There is an out and back section on Holcomb. View a map of our course, as well as the location for event parking Sunday. The course will be closed to all vehicular traffic.

Event Parking

Please park in the county parking lot across from the Washoe County Courthouse. You can enter the parking lot off of Sierra, Court and South Virginia streets. From there it is a short walk to The Discovery.


In an effort to keep entry fees low, a shirt is not included in your registration. The Lenny the Leprechaun shirt is a cotton, short-sleeve unisex t-shirt for only $7.


Strollers are allowed for this event. Given the narrow start line area, strollers shall start toward the back with the walkers. Look for the Strollers sign. No need to register your child being pushed in the stroller.


The top 3 female and male in each age group will receive a Race178 water bottle. First place in each age group will also win a free entry into the Journal Jog. The age groups will be 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Packet Pick-Up

Fizio | Train. Recover. Repeat.Packet pick-up will be held at Fizio located at 400 Mill St, just down Holcomb from the Race178 office on:

  • Friday, March 10 from 4-7pm
  • Saturday, March 11 from 11-2pm

Thanks to our sponsors!

The Discovery Hometown Health Nature's Bakery Great Basin Orthopaedics Whole Foods Market Fox 11 News 4 My 21 TV Fizio | Train. Recover. Repeat. Bibo Coffee Company Ceol Irish Pub Scheels MidTown District Reno Wells Avenue Merchants West of Wells