Desert Leprechaun 5K & 1Mile Run/Walk - CANCELED

200 S 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701

Running > 1 mile, 5k

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The Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board of Directors has been closely monitoring COVID-19 and has been in communication with health professionals, local and state government, and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The Board met on March 12 in a special conference to discuss the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the running and greater Southern Arizona community. 

It was decided in the special conference that SAR will cancel the Desert Leprechaun 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk scheduled for March 15, 2020. This decision was not an easy one, but the Board and the Race Director are taking this preventive measure to ensure the safety of the community that we care for so deeply. 

We understand the disappointment of those who were as excited as we were to attend this race. We are offering entrants the choice between one of two options:

1. Race virtually 

2. Defer your entry until next year’s event

The Race Director will send a separate email shortly that will detail the Virtual Race option. After receiving that email, please reply to the Race Director with any questions.

This cancellation is a preventive measure. We encourage everyone to exercise appropriate caution and refer you to the following websites for guidelines on minimizing your risk:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Pima County Health Department : 

Steve Outridge
RD, Desert Leprechaun 5K & 1M
Southern Arizona Roadrunners



As was announced in an earlier email, as an organization SAR has decided as a preventative measure to cancel the race for this year due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. The St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade is also cancelled for the same reason.

Here you will find details on what your options are now if you are someone who has already paid your entry fees for this race:

If you are a 5K registrant you can choose one of two options (not both).

Option 1. You can run a Virtual Race from Saturday, 3/14/20 - Tuesday, 3/17/20. With this option you will be able to pick up your race shirt and race finisher medal at the Running Shop.
    a. Run a 5K on any course that is convenient for you, anytime on Sat - 3/14/20, Sun - 3/15/20, Mon - 3/16/20, or Tue - 3/17/20.
    b. Fill out the following google form that includes your virtual 5k time: 2020 Desert Leprechaun 5k Virtual Run -
    c. Go to the Running Shop during their regular business hours between Saturday, 3/14/20 and Saturday, 3/21/20 to pick up your shirt and finisher medal. They are open 10-6 Monday-Friday and 10-5 on Saturday (closed Sundays).

Option 2. You can defer your race entry until next year's event

    a. If you do not do the virtual 5k, you will be automatically entered in the 2021 Desert Leprechaun 5K event. For the 2021 event, you will not need to pay any additional entry fees.

    b. If you elect this option you do not need to do anything, you will be entered into the 2021 event automatically.

Refunds are not an option per standard SAR policy due to the fact that the event has already incurred large expenses leading up to race day.

If you were a one mile fun run/walk registrant, you were not slated to receive a shirt or a finisher medal, so the virtual race option does not apply to you. 

If you have any questions regarding this email please reply and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Southern Arizona Roadrunners (SAR) is very pleased and proud to announce a new running and walking event coming to downtown Tucson in partnership with the iconic Tucson St. Patrick's Day Parade Festival. It's a St. Patrick's Day party like no other!

The innaugural event will take place the morning of the festival on Sunday, March 15, 2020 and will be centered around the Children's Museum and Armory Park. 
The "Desert Leprechaun 5k & 1Mile Run/Walk" is planned to begin at 8:30am in the morning in Downtown Tucson. The event will feature fast and flat courses along the Tucson St. Patrick's Day Parade route and will include a totally unique, custom finisher medal, a free beer at the festival with your race entry (only for those over 21 years old, of course!) and so much more. Bring your entire family out in the morning to get your run or walk on, and then stay for the amazing parade and festival. It will be an experience you won't soon forget!

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Children of Fallen Officers Scholarship Fund.

Of course, details are evolving and will be put into place over the next few months. Please check in at the SAR Facebook page and here on the SAR website for updates.

For more information on the myriad happenings with the parade and festival please visit

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