Dear Rainbow Chasers-
After careful consideration of our local allowances and the continued effects of COVID-19 and group gatherings in our area, we have regrettably had to cancel our upcoming Running of the Leprchauns scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, 2021.
Those registered have received more specific detail regarding their registration.
We sure had hoped to kick off the season with the Luck O' the Irish and look forward to better times for racing as we know it.
Best in running,


We look forward to 2022 to race again live with all of you leprechauns!








Event Details:

Come join Outer Banks Sporting Events for the Running of the Leprechauns on Saturday, March 13, 2021. This fun and festive 5K and 10K have kicked off our annual line-up of events since 2017. Each finisher receives a finisher's medal and an event shirt. Awards are given for the top 3 Male and Female finishers in each of the two distances.

NEW STARTING PROCEDURE-Please note in registration that you will choose an arrival window of :30 minutes.  This is not your exact start time but rather a general time for your arrival at Satterfield Park.  There you will park your car and proceed to the start arch, where the timer will be running & record your start time.  This is different from our normal mass starting.  Please don't arrive too early.  Additionally, you may be asked to wait briefly at your car as we monitor the parking lot with arrivals.  This is in order to comply with state gathering limits outdoors.  We will keep the starters rolling!

This year's 5K and 10K courses are the same as in the past.  The start will look a bit different as we remain socially distant for everyone's safety. The 10K route includes portions of gravel trail (approximately 2 miles) and is a loop. The 5K is all on the road and is an out-and-back.

Even though St. Patrick's Day brings to mind celebrating with friends, this year we have to send your smaller celebration elsewhere. We are arranging for goodies to go, as our usual after party cannot take place this time. Awards will be announced Saturday evening on FB/ Insta./our website...to be picked up later or mailed.

We can still have a fun & festive race as costumes and the wearin' o the green are what makes this race special.  So find your luckiest leprechaun duds and come chase the rainbow with us on Saturday March 13th!

Running of the Leprechauns winds through the beautiful Nags Head Woods Preserve. The preserve is owned, maintained, and protected by The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina. As a participant in this race, you will be surrounded by the stunning scenery of this unique martitime forest known as Nags Head Woods. Take it all in and enjoy the simple beauty the Outer Banks has to offer.

  • Start time: 8 a.m.
  • ​​​Start & Finish: OBX Soccer Complex at Satterfield Landing & Lark Avenue in Nags Head 
  • 5K Out and Back Course
  • 10K Loop course
  • Awards for top three males and females in each race( not live this year). 

Bib pick-up details coming soon!


Running of the Leprechauns Event Sponsor
The Running of the Leprechauns was the unique idea of Mike Kelly and hosted at Kelly’s Restaurant & Tavern every St. Patrick’s Day weekend since 2008. Thank you, Kelly's Hospitality Group, for your continued support!