General Information

barc logo smOriginating in historic downtown Bay City, we feel the event offers something for everyone, whether it is the Leprechaun Run for the youngsters, or the Challenge of a 5Krun, 8K run, Irish Double, or 5K walk. The St. Patrick's Day Race has become a staple for Midwest runners and is a perfect way to celebrate the return of another beautiful Midwest spring.

The course is flat and fast and has over 5000 participants and continues to grow every year. A marathon quality medal to all finishers of the 5K and 8K Run and 5K Walk. The Irish Double receives a special finisher’s medal too.

Race starts and finishes in downtown Bay City at the corner of Center Avenue and Washington.

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
8K Run begins at 9:30 a.m. 5K Run begins at 11:30 a.m. and the 5K Walk begins at 11:35 a.m.




Online Registration

Mail-in Form:
Make your check payable to & mail to:  Bay Area Runners Club (BARC), PO Box 634, Bay City, MI 48707.

Late Registration/Packet Pick Up: Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10am - 3 pm, or Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 8:30 am to 10:45 am at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, 225 Washington Ave, Bay City MI. Shirts are not guaranteed after Feb 28, 2017. Credit/debit cards will not be accepted at Late Registration.

5K Course Map: Click Here
8K Course Map: Click Here

Parking Map: Click Here

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 1/4 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. Click Here for Leprechaun Run Course Maps.RRCA-Member-Logo

BARC Fitness Expo: 11th 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 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.

Awards: Awards are for Overall 1st. - 3rd, Masters 1st. - 3rd. and Top 3 in each age group for 8K, 5K run and 5K walk races, they will be available 3-4 weeks after race at The Sweet Boutique, 816 Washington in Downtown Bay City, Michigan until May 31, 2017.  When the Awards are available, we will post on and on the Bay Area Runners Club Facebook Group and the St. Pat’s Facebook Page.

Results: Results can be checked online on this site, or at or

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