Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5k

Sat March 7, 2020 Manhattan, IL 60442 US Directions


11:00AM CST
15601 Sweedler Road
Manhattan, IL US 60442

Welcome to Irish Fest: In cooperation with the Irish American Society of County Will, the Prairie State Road Runners proudly presents the 7th annual Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5k. This unique race starts a parade, runs along the parade route, and is included with festival activities. After competing on a fast and flat road race course, runners get admission to the main tent for awards, food and beverages. This is the 26th annual Manhattan Irish Fest, a two day celebration of Irish culture!

Pre-registration: The first 250 pre-registered runners are guaranteed to receive an official Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5K gender specific, dry-fit long sleeve shirt. All runners will receive a commemorative Irish Fest button, included with the price of registration. This button must be worn in order to gain entry to the main tent for the post-race party. Extra buttons can be purchased during pre-registration for $7. Buttons will be available at race day registration, but for $10. The buttons are good for the entire weekend.

Parking: Because of the parade, parking in town is very limited. We strongly advise all race participants to park at the Metra station at 15601 W. Sweedler, and take the buses provided. Bus service begins at 9:00am. The race forms at the intersection of North and Thelma streets, near St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Christ.

Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup: The Metra station is also the designated area for race day registration and packet pickup, with bus service from there to the starting line. (See below for early packet pickup).

Early Packet Pickup: Friday, March 6 at Fitness Premier (540 W. North St, Manhattan) from 4-8. Though we strive for accuracy, please make sure you receive the correct amount of festival buttons before leaving. The buttons are good for admission to the festival on Friday night, so you may want to pickup your packet on Friday. If you register after noon on Wednesday, March 5, we will not have your packets ready on Friday. In that case, you will need to pick up your packet on Saturday morning at the Metra station. 

Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus service begins at 9:00am. The last bus is scheduled to leave at 10:30.  If you miss the bus, you will have but a one-mile warm-up run from the lot to the starting line. There will be no gear check, so please leave your extra things in your car. After the race, a bus at Anna McDonald school take you back to the Metra parking lot.

The Race: The race is chip-timed. Overall winners will be judged on gun time. The course is certified (USATF #IL15029). 

Post-race Party: Snacks and water will be available at the finish line, however participants will want to make their way to the main festival tent, where they will find hot sandwiches, beer, and other beverages for purchase. The post-race party is the on-stage entertainment in the main tent: live music, Irish dancing, and bagpipe bands!  All race participants will receive coupons in their race packets, to redeem for a free beer or non-alcoholic beverage. 

Awards: Overall male and female winners will receive trophies. All other age groups will receive medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Age groups are:
14 and Under; and 5-year age groups beginning with 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. to 75 and over.

Volunteers needed: Register as a volunteer and receive all the goodies a runner would receive (Irish Fest Admission Button, Official race shirt, and coupons). You don't even have to break a sweat!

 Last day to register for guaranteed shirt in your desired size, is February 21st!



Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Major Race Sponsor
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.

Race Participant Survey

Please complete the following survey to help us better understand your race experience.

Did you participate in the race?

Would you recommend this race to a friend?

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read how we use cookies and how you can control them by visiting our Privacy Policy. If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies.