2017 St. Pat's Race FAQ

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. There are ¼, ½, and 1 mile races.

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 DOUBLEThere is a special shirt and a special medal for this event.  All Irish Double participants will receive 2 medals, 1 Shamrock Medal and 1 Irish Double medal.

Can you run both the 8K and 5k?  Yes, register for 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 8:30 AM to 10:45 AM.

Where can I find a map of the course?  CLICK HERE to view the 5K Race Course and CLICK HERE to view the 8K Race Course.

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-10:45 am at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City, MI 48708.

Where can I park on Sunday? 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 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?

Can you mail your registration form?  Yes, but best pricing is online. CLICK HERE for printable mail-in registration form.

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 available at the Sweet Boutique at 816 Washington in Downtown Bay City, 3-4 weeks after race for all tri-city area participants, and will be there until 5/31/17.  All out of state and out of town awards will be mailed.  When the awards will be available will be posted on, and the Bay Area Runners Club Facebook Group, and St. Pat’s Facebook Page. See General Information page for more detailed awards breakdown.

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 Shamrock 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. CLICK HERE to view the Guidelines for Walkers.

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, large objects 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 or on

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.

Are there sponsorships available?  Yes, there are numerous sponsorships available. Please contact and put Sponsor in subject line and Andy or John will get back to you.

No refunds and no transfers between participants is allowed.