General Information

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Originating in historic downtown Bay City, we feel the event offers something for everyone, whether it is the Leprechaun Run for the youngsters, or the Challenge of a 5K run, 8K run (or Both) or 5K walk. The St. Patrick's Day Race has become a staple for Midwest runners and is a perfect way to celebrate the return of another beautiful Midwest spring.

The course is flat and fast and has over 5000 participants and continues to grow every year. A marathon quality medal to all finishers of the 5K & 8K Run and 5K Walk.

Race starts and finishes in downtown Bay City at the corner of Center Avenue and Madison.

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
8K Run begins at 9:30 a.m. 5K Run begins at 11:30 a.m. and the 5K Walk begins at 11:35 a.m.



Online Registration

Mail-in Form:
Make your check payable to & mail to:  Bay Area Runners Club (BARC), PO Box 634, Bay City, MI 48707.

Late Registration/Packet Pick Up: Saturday, March 14, 2015; from 10am - 3 pm, or Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City MI. Shirts are not guaranteed after Feb 28, 2015. Credit/debit cards will not be accepted.

5K Course Map: Click Here
8K Course Map: Click Here

Leprechaun Runs:  Sat March 14, 2:00 PM. Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City MI. Online registration is available now - through March 12th @ 9pm or on site (Saturday) from 10:00 am to 1:45 pm. All kids get a T-shirt (not guaranteed after Feb 28, 2015.)There is a 1/8 mile, 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile race, & NEW 1 mile. All finishers will receive a medal. Parents may run with the children at no cost. Children may run more than one race at no extra charge, but will only receive one medal.

RRCA-Member-LogoBARC Fitness Expo: 10th Annual BARC Fitness Expo is Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. This is also packet pick up and late registration. Come early, first 750 participants will receive a giveaway when they pick-up their registration packet. If you would like to be and exhibitor at the Expo, please read and complete the BARC Fitness Expo Contract. Come shop, explore, and enjoy some local merchants and entertainment.

Awards: Awards are for Overall 1st. - 3rd., Masters 1st. - 3rd. and Top 3 in each age group for all races, they will be MAILED 6-8 weeks after race.

Results: Results can be checked online on this site, or at or

Volunteers: This race would not be successful without all the people that volunteer their time and energy. Want to help? You can sign up to volunteer by e-mail and we will set you up to help on Saturday, Sunday or both. Whatever time you can give will be greatly appreciated.

View/Download Documents
Download this file (dow_gives_app.pdf)Dow Community Gives [Youth Volunteer Grant Program]


2015 Runner Hotel Packages & Rates

Traveling from out of town and need a place to stay?

Bay County

Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center
Rate includes continental breakfast, fitness center and pool.


Midland County

NADA Hotel & Conference Center ( Northwood University )

Springhill Suites by Marriott
Your momentum starts here at the Midland Springhill Suites by Marriott! The package is for you to put pep in your step! With this package at arrival you receive a gift bag which includes a nutrition bar, a banana, two bottles of water, a bottle of Gatorade, and a trail mix from Midland’s own Heather and Holly. The suite during your stay will include a single King bed and a whirlpool, which will be perfect touch to relax your muscles after a hard day of running. Taxes and gratuities are not included, rate based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. Rate does not apply to groups. Please call 989-837-2700 to make your reservation.

Best Western Valley Plaza Inn & Plaza Suites Hotel

Saginaw County

America Best Value Inn

Ramada Inn & Suites

Residence Inn

Springhill Suites

TownPlace Suites


Official Race Photographers:
Signatures Photography Studios


The Bay Area Runners Club St. Patrick's Day Races are part of the 2015 Element Race Series.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade
Click on the banner above to visit the official site of the Bay City St. Patrick's Day Parade.