B.A.R.C. St Patrick's Day Races 2017 Overview

TriToFinish is excited to be managing the 44th Annual Bay Area Runners Club St Patrick's Day Races - presented by Catholic Federal Credit Union in 2017! 



Originating in historic downtown Bay City, this event offers something for everyone, whether it is the Leprechaun Run for the youngsters, or the Challenge of a 5K run, 8K run, Irish Double, or 5K walk. The St. Patrick's Day Race has become an annual staple for 5,000+ Midwest runners and is a perfect way to celebrate the return of another beautiful Michigan spring.

The Bay City St Patrick’s Day Irish Double spots have all been filled! 
We are thrilled at the excitement around the Irish Double offering and we fully understand the disappointment of those who weren’t able to register in time to get a spot. It is very important to us to bring you a fun, well organized and safe race.  We have to plan well ahead to be able to accomplish such a task and limiting the Irish Double is just one way to achieve that by ordering medals and shirts well ahead of time.  Even though the Irish Double is full you are still able to register for both the 5k and 8k events!  
Going forward, we will carefully evaluate the possibility of opening up the Irish Double to allow more participation for next year.   Thank you for you understanding and we look forward to celebrating this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Races with you and the city of Bay City.


March 19, 2017

Start Time:

9:30 AM


Intersection of Washington and Center Avenues

Course Description:

This road course is flat and fast!  Both the 5K and 8K races start and finish at the intersection between Center and Washington Avenues in downtown Bay City.  The routes head East along Center before turning North on Park Ave...

5K Course

From Park Ave, the course turns back West at 2nd Street and then South on N Trumball Street before returning to Center Avenue where runners and walkers will turn Westward and make the long straightaway to the finish line.

8K Course

From Park Ave, runners will turn and head East onto Nebobish until reaching a turnaround point and heading back to Park Ave where they will turn Southward.   Runners will turn right at 2nd Street and head Westward before turning left (Southward) on N Trumball.  The route then goes to Center Avenue where participants will turn Westward and begin the long straightaway to the finish line.

Packet Pickup and Registration:

 Late Registration and Packet Pickup take place at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City MI on:

  • Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10am - 3 pm
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 8:30 am to 10:45 am

Credit/debit cards will not be accepted.

Shirts are not guaranteed for those who register after Feb 28, 2017!

For Information on Pricing please visit the B.A.R.C. website

Leprechaun Runs:  Sat March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City MI. Online registration is available now - through March 16th @ 9pm or on site (Saturday) from 10:00 am to 1:45 pm. All kids get a T-shirt (not guaranteed after Feb 28, 2017) There is a 1/8 mile, 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, and 1 mile races. 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.

BARC Fitness Expo: 12th Annual BARC Fitness Expo is Saturday, March 18, 2017 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 an exhibitor at the Expo, please read and complete the BARC Fitness Expo Contract. Come shop, explore, and enjoy some local merchants and entertainment.


Overall Awards

  • 1st-3rd Male and Female 8K Run
  • 1st-3rd Male and Female 8K Run Masters
  • 1st-3rd Male and Female 5K Run
  • 1st-3rd Male and Female 5K Run Masters
  • 1st-3rd Male and Female 5K Walk
  • 1st-3rd Male and Female 5K Walk Masters

Age Groups for 8K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk Events

Note: Masters Categories begin at age 40

  • 1-9
  • 10-14
  • 15-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-56
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-98

Awards will be available 3-4 weeks after race at The Sweet Boutique, 816 Washington in Downtown Bay City, Michigan until May 31, 2017.


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 at info@tritofinish.com and we will set you up to help on Saturday, Sunday or both. Whatever time you can give will be greatly appreciated.






Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the start line?   Downtown Bay City - Center and Washington! Clearly Marked!  GPS users the address is 301 Center, Bay City, MI  48708.

What time do the races begin? 8K Run starts at 9:30 AM, 5K Run starts at 11:30 AM – 5K Walk will start at 11:35 AM.

When is the Leprechaun Run?  The Leprechaun Races are on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, at 2:00 PM, located at 225 Washington, Bay City, MI. 48708.

What is the Irish Double? - It is the name of the event for runners that run both the 8K and 5K Run and there is a 750 person cap. You must PRE-REGISTER for this event by 2/28/17 Midnight or until 750 cap is reached. NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE IRISH DOUBLE. There is a special shirt and a special medal for this event. All Irish Double participants will receive 2 medals, 1 regular and 1 special.

Can you run both the 8K and 5k?  Yes, it is call the Irish Double.  YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.

When and where can I pick up race packet?  You can pick up your packet on Saturday, March 18, 2017; from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City MI, or Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, from 8:30AM to10:30 AM.

Can you sign up for the race at the Expo?  Yes, on site registration is available from 10 AM to 3 PM; please note shirts are not guaranteed at late registration.  If you want to run the Irish Double, you must register before February 28, 2017 by midnight or until the 750 cap is reached. Parking for the Expo is at the Uptown parking lots and street parking. Do not park at the Y, parking is for members.

How can I become an exhibitor at the BARC Fitness Expo? Please read the BARC Fitness Expo Rules and Regulations and complete the BARC Fitness Expo Contract.

Can I register the day of the race?  Yes - from 8:30 am-10:30 am at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City, MI 48708.

Where can I park? Street parking in Downtown Bay City or any of the parking lots - they are all open on Sundays!

Is there a giveaway at the expo?  Yes the first 750 participants that pick up their packets will receive a special gift from the Bay Area Runners Club.  Doors open at 10:00 AM.

Where can I sign up? https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/BayCity/StPatricksDayRacesinBayCityMichigan

Can you mail your registration form?  Yes, but best pricing is online.

When is the deadline for getting a guaranteed shirt?  February 28, 2017.  After that date shirts are not guaranteed.

Can someone pick up my packet for me?  Yes they can!

Are there hills on the course?  No - very flat in Bay City no hills- Out and back course on city streets -very fast!

Are there bathrooms available?  Yes- port-a-johns will be near the start/finish line area.

Are there finisher medals?  Yes- marathon quality medals for every finisher.

Are there awards?  Yes - Awards are for overall 1st - 3rd and masters 1st through 3rd, and top 3 in each age group for 5K and 8K races, they will be MAILED 6-8 weeks after race...please be patient!!!!!

Is there a special medal for the Irish Double?  Yes, if you complete both races (8K & 5K run) you will receive a special medal for the Irish Double along with one regular finisher medal for a total of 2 medals.

Can I run and walk?  Yes, but you must sign up for the run.  No running is allowed if you are registered for the walk.

Is there a shower available?  Yes -- keep your bib with you and the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave will allow you to shower at their facility - bring your own towel - Please!

Can I use or bring: my dog, a stroller, in-line skates, or bicycles?  No, due to our liability insurance we cannot allow these things on the course. The course will be crowded so please do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.

Will you have refreshments at the finish line area?  YES -- plenty of refreshments!

If my family takes some really good pictures at the race and I want to share them -can I send them somewhere? YES -- we are always looking for good pictures! Please contact Tritofinish. You can also post them on the Bay Area Runners Club Facebook page.

Where and when can I find results?  Results are posted the afternoon of the race - at gaultracemanagement.com or on runmichigan.com.

I am walking with a group of friends; can we all walk side by side? Whether walking or running, please limit the across width to be no more than three across -- at max --Two is preferred! Some of the streets are narrow and you MUST allow room for others to pass! Be courteous out there - we are all friends!

Are there any aid stations on the course?   Yes- you will find one aid station for the 5K on the corner of 2nd Street and Park.  Water only. There also will be one on the 8K course at Nebobish and Marshall. Water only.


Refund Policy

We completely understand that plans change and athletes will sometimes be unable to compete in an event they've signed up for.  Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided for this event.

Transferring registrations to other runners for this event is NOT allowed.

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