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ADDENDUM! Please read for updates made to the race due to Coronavirus concerns.


Event will become a virtual run, which may be run on the course laid out at Nathan Benderson Park, or where ever else you choose to run (treadmill, park, etc)

Packet pickup will now include shirts, bibs and medals

Festival registrants will be compensated with a race shirt, available at packet pickup and at the Fit2Run store in The Mall at University Town Center

All participants who have already picked up a bib & shirt are welcome to pick up their medal at the UTC mall Friday between 4pm-8pm or Saturday, on the day of the original event, between 12-6:30pm.

The Lucky Leprechaun 5K’s partners, Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) and Fit2Run, The Runners Superstore, announce the March 14 run/walk and festival has become a virtual run that may be completed on the park’s 5K course anytime during the week ending March 22.

Because Sarasota County is not allowing large events in its facilities for a 30-day period beginning Friday, March 13, the Lucky Leprechaun 5K will no longer be a public event. The county’s order is in response to the developing COVID-19 coronavirus concern, and Fit2Run and Nathan Benderson Park want to ensure the safety of everyone who participates in this event.

All registrants for the run are transferred to the Lucky Leprechaun O’Virtual 5K Run, and festival registrants will be compensated with a “Here To Paddy” T-shirt, which will be available at packet pickup at the Fit2Run store in The Mall at University Town Center. Packet pickup will continue at the store 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, and noon-6 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Registered participants may pick up their race packets, including shirts, bibs and medals, and will participate virtually.

Race organizers suggest these ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day virtually:

  1. Wear your race-day outfit and shoes, and run on the Lucky Leprechaun race course at NBP, or anywhere you can get in 3.1 miles. The park remains open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
  2. Put on your medal and celebrate! Send a virtual high-five with a picture, and tag @Fit2Run and @myNBP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  3. Submit your time online at to be included in the online race results, and be entered to win some fun raffle prizes. Directions to submit times will be emailed to all registered runners and posted on social media Saturday, March 14.
  4. Want to participate in the costume contest? Use the hashtag #LuckyLeprechaun5KCostume in your post. Race organizers will select their favorite costumes and send the winners prizes.

Many runners will be completing their virtual run together on the course Saturday when picking up their medal; however, the physical race is no longer supported as a public event.

All participants who registered for the event and submit their times on the virtual form will still qualify for the Holiday Challenge as well.

Race organizers strongly recommend that participants and the public continue monitoring the coronavirus response at As a reminder, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please observe the following preventative measures:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using a restroom, before eating, and after blowing noses, coughing or sneezing
  2. Use hand sanitizer if water and soap is not available
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, noses and mouths with unwashed hands
  4. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue, and use your upper sleeves if tissues are unavailable
  5. Avoid close contact with others (remain 6 feet apart when possible)
  6. If you experience flu-like symptoms, take necessary precautions including self-quarantine for 14 days. If medical attention is required, call an urgent care or hospital facility before going to the facility to seek care. Upon arrival, immediately put on a mask.

Thank you for your understanding in these unique times, and we hope to see you racing again soon.




Where do I pick up my race bib and shirt?

Fit2Run University Town Center

Thursday 3.12.20, 4pm-8pm

Friday 3.13.20, 4pm-8pm

North East End of Nathan Benderson Park (next to Sarasota Circus)

Race Day 3.14.20 4pm-6:30pm


Can I register on race day?

On-site registration will be available 4pm-6:45pm. Registration cost on race days is $40 for the timed 5K, $35 for the 5K walk, $20 Kids’ Dash and $15-$25 for Festival Tickets. Cash and credit card will be accepted. Please come to the Fit2Run Registration tent. Register online prior to 3.13 to save on price of admission!


What time do the festivities start and when should I arrive? Race Day Schedule: :

4:00 pm: Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up Open

5:30 pm: Festival Opens

6:00 pm: Kettle of Fish takes the stage

6:15 pm: Kids Rainbow Dash

6:45 pm: 5K Warm Up

7:00 pm: 5K Starts

8:15 pm: Costume Contest

8:30 pm: The Adam Duss Experience takes the stage

9:45 pm:  Last call for food and drinks

10:00 pm:  Event concludes


Where do I park?

Parking is available onsite behind the SCAT station, near the Sarasota Circus, adjacent to the start/finish line and the festival. Please note this year’s Lucky Leprechaun 5K and Festival is not on Regatta Island and participants should not park near the finish tower at the park.


Is the 5K chip-timed?

Yes! This event has a chip-timed start and finish. Each bib will have two timing chips affixed on the back - please do NOT tamper with or remove these chips! In order to ensure accurate results, please make sure you are wearing your bib front and center and uncovered by clothing or other items. Participants must cross the starting line by 7:05pm to be eligible for chip timing results.

Results will be posted at after the race.


What could I win?

The top 100 male and top 100 female finishers will receive a commemorative Silli Pint cup. After the costume contest winners are announced (at 8:30pm) the Fit2Run Registration Tent will have results posted and the top finishers may pick up their prize. Prizes not claimed by 10pm can be picked up starting Monday 3/18 at Fit2Run UTC.

There’s also a costume contest! The top 3 most festive costumes (voted on by the crowd) will be awarded Fit2Run gift cards and some Green or Gold garb to compliment their outfits!


What about the race course?

New year new course! The race will start and finish in the lot on the north east end of Nathan Benderson Park (behind UTC mall and near Sarasota Circus). The course is an out and back that crosses under Cattleman Road, goes past the playground on the west side of the lake and comes back to the festival at the finish line.

Please note this year’s event is NOT on Regatta Island.


Course Map


Is there anything planned for after the race?

Before the race even begins the festival will be underway! Taking the main stage at 6:00pm will be local favorites, Kettle of Fish who will add a special St. Patrick’s Day twist to their “festiblues” traditional line-up.

Other festival activities include the Motorworks Beer Tasting and Game Tent, Food Trucks, Beer Garden, Irish Bar, Who Knew Pop Up Market, Costume Contest and a jam packed Kid Zone featuring the Let’s Jump Events Inflatable area! The Kid Zone will also include magicians, face painting and more! All activities are included with admission. Each registrant will also have tickets for 1 food item from a selection of food trucks as well as a beverage (beer available for those over 21, please visit ID check booth for wristband)

At 8:30, Orlando native, the Adam Duss Experience will entertain the crowd with his twist on today’s top county and rock favorites!


Tell me more about this festival!

Runners and walkers earn entry to the festival with their race bibs, and spectators can purchase festival admission online in advance or on site. Festival entry purchased with a race registration is discounted, so be sure to grab festival passes for your friends and family. Kids 3 and under are admitted at no charge.

Food tickets will be included with race and festival entry and can be redeemed at Bowl’d Life, El Indio Tacos y Snacks, Oak and Stone or Spice Boys

The festival is sure to be one of the best family-friendly St. Patty’s day celebrations in the Sarasota area with entertainment, food, drinks, games and music. Feel free to bring chairs to set up to enjoy the bands and make this event part of your St. Patty’s day tradition!


What if it rains?

The event is taking place rain or shine. In the event of lightning or hazardous conditions the start time may be delayed or cancelled. Should the event be cancelled we will consider your registration fee a donation to SANCA. If there are poor weather conditions, please check the event Facebook page for updates. 


Are strollers and pets allowed in the race?

Yes! Strollers and dogs on 6’ non-retractable leashes are welcome.


Where can I use the restrooms?

Port-a-lets will be on site at the festival.


Is there a bag drop?

There is not a bag drop. Parking is close to the start line, so storing your belongings in your vehicle is recommended. Fit2Run and Nathan Benderson Park are not responsible for missing or items left.


Are there water stops along the 5K course?

1 water stop will be along the course, and water will be available at the finish line. Water sponsored by our partner LA Fitness


Who is the race benefitting?

Proceeds from the race benefit The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA), a non-profit 501c3 business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, a community/public asset and world class, multi-use sports venue. SANCA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for our region.

Any additional questions please contact us at [email protected]


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