National Cherry Festival

July 5th – 12th, 2014

Traverse City, MI

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Fifth Third Bank Leapin' Leprechaun 5k

Saturday, March 15, 2014

9:00 am 
Warehouse District

Guinness Post-Race Party Behind Fifth Third Bank on Garland Street

2014 RESULTSCourse MapFifth Third Bank Photo Booth Pictures


Online registration is now closed but you can still sign up in person!

Friday at Espresso Bay (downtown Traverse City) from 3:00pm - 7:00pm or

Saturday morning from 7:30am - 8:30am at the Guinness Post Race Party Tent in the Warehouse District.

Prior to March 1, 2014 - Adult $28; Kids (12 & Under) - $20

March 1 - March 13, 2014 - Adult $33; Kids (12 & Under) - $25

March 14 & 15 - Adult $38; Kids (12 & under) - $25

Join the crowds this year for a fun morning run thoughout downtown Traverse City!

New this year! "Canine Costume Contest!"

No dogs left at home! Don't forget to dress your dog in their Irish best and bring them with you on your run. Stick around and enter them in the first ever "Canine Costume Contest". We will award the the top dog (and their human) a prize!  




Post Race Party

9am - 12pm

Open to the Public

Live Music by Billy Strings & Don Julin

Awards Presentation (Top Finishers, Best Costume, Best Canine Costume)

Packet Pick Up/Late Registration Information

Warm up with a latte from Espresso Bay while you pick up your registration materials! Packet pick up will be from 3:00 - 7:00pm on March 14th* at Espresso Bay (located at the corner of Cass and Front Street, 202 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684).

*Late Packet Pick-Up will be held on Saturday March 15th from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at the event registration (close to the start line) in the Warehouse district.

Race Participants Will Receive                                                                                                  Additional Merchandise

Pint Glass: $5             Long Sleeve Wicking T-Shirt: $10

  • Commemorative t-shirt
  • Official Timing
  • Complimentary Beverage (Beer 21+)
  • Post Race Party/Snacks
  • Medals and Prizes for top finishers



Running with Royalty!

Running with Royalty is for all the youngsters out there that like to run! Kids twelve and under are welcome to join the National Cherry Queen, Sonya Sayler, while running the Leapin' Leprechaun 5K race as well as after for a kids party. The kids not only get to run the race with the queen but also recieve a special race shirt and special registration price.

Costume Contest - Prizes will be awarded to the following:

Best Overall Costume & Best Canine Costume (The canine and their human will receive a prize)


5K Run

Awards ceremony will be held for Overall and Masters Male/Female in the 5K Run and top three age divisions. The 5K Walk is participatory, no awards will be presented. Medals will be available at the finish line until 11:00 a.m. and thereafter at the National Cherry Festival Office at 250 Front Street, Ste 301, Traverse City, MI 49684. No medals will be mailed.


9 & under 20-24 35-39 50-54 65-69
10-14 25-29 40-44 55-59



15-19 30-34 45-49 60-64 75+

Online Entry Fee Table 

Online registration is closed

Prior to March 1, 2014 - Adult $28; Kids (12 & Under) - $20
March 1 - March 13, 2014 - Adult $33; Kids (12 & Under) - $25

March 14 & 15 - Adult $38; Kids (12 & under) - $25

Paper Application Fee  Download Paper Registration

Paper Applications send through the mail or dropped in person to the National Cherry Festival office paid via check, money order or credit card with the following schedule:

Prior to March 1, 2014 - Adult $33; Kids (12 & Under) - $25
March 1 - March 13 - Adult $38; Kids (12 & Under) - $30

  • Confirmations will be e-mailed to those registering online by March 13, 2014
  • Those who participate in events they have not registered will not be timed or scored.
  • Race Day registration begins in the Warehouse District at the starting line at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will start aftert the race at 1:30pm at North Peak! For more information click here.

Please Note

  • Registrations are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Limited traffic access from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on race day.
  • Weather conditions are unpredictable so dress appropriately.
  • Walking the course is allowed.
  • Strollers are permitted starting at the back of the race group.
  • For the safety of all runners no rollerblades, wagons or wheeled objects allowed on the race course.
  • Organizers reserve the right to cancel the race in the event of inclement weather. No refunds will be made.
  • If you bring your dog please keep them on a non-retractable leash and bring a doggie bag!
  • Dogs (and their owners) will need to line up in the back of the starting line.

Portion of proceeds to benefit the good works of the Cherry Festival Foundation and the Father Fred Foundation.


2013 Leapin Leprechaun 5k Race Results

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