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

Sunday, March 17, 2019
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.

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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 6 years of this event Race178 has made a large donation to the Discovery Museum: $5,000 each year. If another huge field of 1,500 runners and walkers shows up, we will make this type of donation again in 2019.

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What Everyone Gets

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  • Personalized race bib if you register by February 27th;
  • 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, Lenny the Leprechaun tattoo and other goodies;
  • 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;
  • The chance to race a real life Leprechaun. And for those who beat the leprechaun, you will receive a distinctive can glass in celebration of your big win;
  • A complimentary beer from The 395;
  • Foam Rolling and Stretching Zone presented by Kaia FIT;
  • 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;
  • Race specials with local businesses listed in the following section.

Race Specials

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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. Shirts are available for purchase when you register online. Limited shirts will be available at packet pick-up. Lenny is on the race shirts which are a soft heather poly short-sleeve for $15.


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.

Leprechaun Race Age Group Winner Bottles


The top 3 female and male in each age group will receive a Leprechaun Race water bottle. First place in each age group will also win a free entry into the 2019 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

Packet pick-up will be at Eclipse Running located at 3438 Lakeside Dr, Reno on:

  • Friday, March 15 from 4-7pm
  • Saturday, March 16 from 11am-2pm

Green tutu workshop presented by Kaia FIT at Swill Coffee and Wine (in their big lounge area) at 3366 Lakeside Court, Reno, just a few steps from Eclipse Running:

  • Saturday, March 16 from 12:30-1:30pm
    (Limited to the first 30 race participants - first come first served)

Thanks to our sponsors!

Hometown Health Eclipse Running Reno Nutrient Foods Sprouts Farmers Market The 395 Craft Beer and Spirits Bibo Coffee Company Fox 11 News 4 PK Electrical The Discovery MidTown District Reno Wells Avenue Merchants West of Wells RSCVA