March 17/18

Bay City, MI

45th Annual B.A.R.C. Bay City St. Patrick's Day Races 2018 Overview

Join us for the 45th running of the Bay Area Runners Club St. Patrick's Day Races presented by Catholic Federal Credit Union!  With over 5,000 runners and walkers participating, this is the largest running event in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Fitness Expo and Leprechaun Youth Races on Saturday kick off the festivities.  Participants can choose from 8k run, 5k run, and 5k walk events taking place Sunday morning ahead of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Those wanting "a wee bit more" can sign up for one of the 850 the Irish Double spots - a combination of both the 8k and 5k run events at a price lower than signing up for each individually.  Irish Double participants receive a special shirt and an additional finisher medal signifying their accomplishment!

Originating in historic downtown Bay City, the St. Patrick's Day weekend of races offers something for everyone!   

Saturday's Fitness Expo will provide runners picking up packets with access to local vendors providing awesome opportunities at cool products and services.  The first 1,000 runners picking up packets will receive a cool swag item for coming out early!  Hang out for the first race of the weekend - the Leprechaun Run for the youngsters.  Bring out the little ones for race distances of 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and 1 mile or stop out near the start/finish line behind the Dow Bay Area YMCA to cheer the kids on!

Sunday kicks off with the 8k run at 9:30AM.  The 5k Run begins at 11:30AM with the 5k Walk following 5 minutes later at 11:35AM.  Both the 8k and 5k Races start and finish in Historic Downtown Bay City at the corner of Center Avenue and Washington. Additional bleachers will be present near the finish line this year for those bringing family and friends to cheer them on!

The course is flat and fast with over 5,000 participants and continues to grow every year. The races are professionally timed with 8k splits and runners being provided  same day online results.  Cool t-shirts, awesome finisher medals, overall and age group awards, professional timing, and a great race expo are all part of the package when one registers for this race.

Click on the Bay City St. Pat's Race Website button above for more information and to register!