Spring is coming. Yep, really. And what that means to runners is that race season is going to be in full swing soon. The 2020 Dirty Leprechaun will be on March 14th this year and it will be one great way to celebrate the return of lighter days and warmer temps. Though we can’t promise this is a dry run, (and what fun is that?) what better way to greet St. Patrick’s Day than a with a sea of green runners? Or rather green and brown, because this will be a muddy magnificent mess!!
The 6th Annual Dirty Leprechaun, brought to you by Terrapin Events, is a 5k and a 10k obstacle course challenge that you can choose to walk or run. Did I also mention there will be mud? It IS called the “Dirty” Leprechaun, right? Be prepared to get a little filthy out there, all while challenging yourself to 20+ obstacles out at Lee Farms, a charming and fun family-owned business just off the beaten path in Tualatin.
There’s also a kid’s race which is a 1.1 mile untimed obstacle challenge that’s designed for ages 14 or younger. Any of the obstacles can be bypassed if a kiddo doesn’t feel comfortable with it. Kids will receive a finisher medal after completing their race, and parents are welcome to run with them at no extra charge.
Despite this being an obstacle challenge, all fitness levels are welcome! You don’t have to be an American Ninja Warrior to do this race, though there are two elite waves as an option if you want to challenge yourself to the fullest. Or, if you’re interested in training for an obstacle course, check out the Urban Warrior Gym, which offers bootcamps and “obstacle of the week” training.
The 10k is new this year, and it’s 2 laps around the course that the 5k participants will be tackling. After you take your lap or 2, grab your commemorative finisher medal and join the fun at the post-race party where you’ll find live music, food and drinks, games, and a bonfire. You’ll get a free beer or cider and you’ll even have access to warm, dry changing rooms. Hot showers are available for $5 and my guess is they are worth every penny. Local vendors will also be on hand, including free stretching and massage stations from chiropractors.
A packet pick up option will be available at Road Runner Sports on NW 23rd on March 13th from 11:00AM to 7:00PM if you’d like to avoid the stress of doing it race morning. Road Runner will also be offering special discounts for participants and there will be a drawing for a free pair of shoes, so it could be really worth your while to avoid the crowds on race day.
On race day, there will be race shuttles starting at 8:30AM and registration and packet pick up begins at 8:40AM. The kid’s race will take off at 9:00AM. Waves are every 10 minutes and limited to 75 people per wave, with no 10k participants allowed in waves after 11:00AM. The 1st elite wave begins at 9:20AM, followed by the 2nd elite wave 10 minutes later. The first open wave starts at 10:00AM and the last 10k wave departs at 11:00AM followed by the last 5k wave at 11:30. 1:00PM is when the final shuttle leaves from the farm, so don’t be late!!
When: March 14th, 2020. Kid’s Race begins at 9:00AM, & 5k/10k waves will begin at 9:20AM and be released every 10 minutes.
Where: Lee Farms, (21975 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062)
Cost: 5k is $55 until Feb 14th, $60 from Feb 14th-March 12th, and $70 on race weekend. 10k is $65 until Feb 14th, $79 from Feb 14th-March 12th, and $80 on race weekend. The Kids Race is $30 until Feb 14th, $35 from Feb 14th-March 12th, and $40 on race weekend. A parking pass is no longer included, and t-shirts can be purchased at registration or before Feb 28th at 11:59PM.
Packet Pick-Up: March 13th from 11:00AM to 7:00PM at Road Runner Sports (29 NW 23rd Place, Portland, OR 97210)