Originating in historic downtown Bay City, the St. Patrick's Day weekend of races offers something for everyone!   

Saturday's Fitness Expo will provide runners picking up packets with access to local vendors providing awesome opportunities at cool products and services.  The first 2,000 race participants picking up packets will receive a cool swag item for coming out early!  Hang out for the first race of the weekend - the Leprechaun Run for the youngsters.  Bring out the little ones for race distances of 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and 1 mile or stop out near the start/finish line behind the Dow Bay Area YMCA to cheer the kids on!

Sunday kicks off with the 8k run at 9:30AM.  The 5k Run begins at 11:30AM with the 5k Walk following 5 minutes later at 11:35AM.  Both the 8k and 5k Races start and finish in Historic Downtown Bay City at the corner of Center Avenue and Washington. Additional bleachers will be present near the finish line this year for those bringing family and friends to cheer them on!

Heard about the Irish Double?  It's a challenge for runners wanting to compete in both the 8k and 5k races that offers special pricing and an additional Irish Double finisher medal!  Last year's Irish Double filled up all 850 available spots weeks before race day.  We've added 50 more spots for 2019, but be sure to register early to secure your Irish Double race entry!

The course is flat and fast with over 6,000 participants and continues to grow every year. The races are professionally timed with 8k splits and runners being provided  same day online results.  Cool t-shirts, awesome finisher medals, overall and age group awards, professional timing, and a great race expo are all part of the package when one registers for this race.

Saturday, March 16

B.A.R.C. Fitness Expo - Late Registration and Packet Pickup

  • 10AM-3PM

  • Dow Bay Area Family YMCA - located at 225 Washington, Bay City, MI 48708


Leprechaun Races

  • Begin at 2PM

  • Behind Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, at 2:00 PM, located at 225 Washington, Bay City, MI 48708

  • Race distances of ¼ mile, ½ mile, and 1 mile

Sunday, March 17

46th Annual St. Patrick's Day Races

  • Race Day Registration at Dow Bay Area Family YMCA - located at 225 Washington, Bay City, MI 48708

  • All races begin in Downtown Bay City at intersection of Center and Washington Avenues (GPS: 301 Center, Bay City, MI 48708)

    • My Team Triumph 8k Race Start at 9:20AM

    • 8k Race Start at 9:30AM

    • 5k Run Race Start at 11:30AM

    • 5k Walk Race Start at 11:35AM


2018 Irish Double Shirt


2018 8k & 5k Participant Shirt




New Medals for 2019!