Why 17K? In honor of St. Patricks Day – always March 17th.
The start and finish will be at Westgate Entertainment District, in the party plaza. There’s lots of free parking on site and plenty of restrooms.
- 5 -7:30 am Packet Pickup
- 5:30 am Exhibitor Booths open
- 7:17 am 8k Run/Walk start
- 7:27 am 17k Run start
- 7:37 am 4k “Four Leaf Clover” start
- 8:00 am Irish “k” start
- 8:00 am Pot O’Gold Prize table open
- 9:30 am Medal Presentations
Thursday March 12, 2015 – 1 pm to 7 pm, Roadrunner Sports, 7077 E. Mayo Blvd. #150, Phoenix 85054 (Scottsdale Road and the 101)
Saturday March 14, 2015 – 5 am to 7:30 am, at Westgate
LATE REGISTRATION: It’s never too late to register – you can sign up at packet pickup time or the day-of, and if you are in the first 2,500 to register, you will receive a commemorative Kiss Me I’m Irish™ technical shirt.
RACE COURSE: The timed race follows a fairly flat, fast course, south past the Arizona Cardinal’s stadium along 91st Avenue, past farmer’s fields to Camelback Road. You will then follow Camelback to 83rd Ave then go north to Bethany Home Road. There you will get on a paved multi-use path along the canal, heading southeast to Camelback and 75th Ave. The return route follows the multi-use path all the way to 95th Ave, where you will turn north and head back to Westgate, passing the Arizona Cardinal’s Stadium.
POST RACE: After the race, there will be music until 11 am and plenty of food and beverage, including “Bundtinis” compliments of Nothing Bundt Cakes. The party continues at Westgate with an after-party at McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon with a free green beer (or non-alcoholic beverage) for all.
PORTA POTTIES & WATER STOPS: There will be a water stop and porta pottie in front of Copper Canyon High School at ~3.5k. There is a water stop and porta pottie at the 17k turnaround point. On the return, the last water stop and porta pottie is on the multi-use path just before you pass under 93rd Ave at about the 13k mark.
At the start/finish, you will find a bank of porta potties in the parking lot behind McFadden’s Restaurant. There are also 3 permanent restrooms in Westgate and McFadden’s invites runners to come into the restaurant and use their facilities.
PRIZES: All participants receive a FINISHERS MEDAL (New this Year!) and a kiss as they cross the finish line (a chocolate kiss!) The top male and female receive free shoes from Road Runner Sports. The top three in each age category receive winners medals as well.
Be sure to wear your best St. Patty’s green! There are prizes for the best St. Patty’s-themed running outfit and Cutest Pet.
KEY DROP: If you don’t want to carry your keys, you can leave them securely with us and pick them up after the race. (Keys only – leave everything else in your car!) Key drop will be at the Information Booth.
PHOTOGRAPHS: We’ll be out there taking candid shots and posting them on Facebook. Please be sure to take lots of selfies and post them too. Note that your participation grants Kiss Me I’m Irish Run™ the right to use your photo for marketing purposes.
TRANSFER & REFUND POLICIES: All participant entries are non-transferable and there are no refunds. You may not transfer or sell your race number to another person. We do not offer a deferral to next year event or another event in the series. There are no exceptions to this policy unless approved by race organizer.