New for 2021!

We are excited to announce that this year we will be hosting a virtual race! With all of the unpredictable happening right now with the city and county, we wanted to ensure that everyone would remain safe as we await the opportunity to gather en masse once again.

2021-03-13T08:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

IrishFest 5k

From the blog

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am from out of town, will you send me my Race Packet?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer delivery for our race packets and SWAG due to the added expense that we would incur. We are a small event and with that we have to keep our expenses down so we can raise as much as we can, so all packets will have to be picked up in person.

Q: WHAT DO I GET FOR MY RACE FEES?

When you sign up for our race you will get to participate in one of the largest 5k races in Topeka.  On top of that you will be getting a race shirt (if you sign up before the deadline), entry into a great party (IrishFest), and miscellaneous SWAG.  In the past we have had sponsors provide cups, sunglasses, beverages (age appropriate), and much more.  Sign up today and see what you get on race day (oh the excitement !!!)

Q: I CAN’T ATTEND THE RACE OR THE WEATHER DOESN’T LOOK GOOD, CAN I GET A REFUND?

All race fees are final, as a not-for-profit fundraiser we try to avoid refunding money. The race will be held, even during bad weather, as long as other activities are going on.  If all of the activities are shutdown due to weather or other unseen event, we have the ability to refund a portion of your race fees.  But remember, processing fees, giveaways, activities, and permits cost money so we cannot guarantee a refund will be provided due to cancellation.

Q: CAN I RUN WITH MY DOG, KIDS, OR STROLLER?

The Irishfest 5k is all inclusive, we allow runners to run with whoever they wish to, including your pets.  Many parents will run with young children, including pushing them in strollers.  We do ask that anyone who runs with their pet or is pushing a stroller to begin at the back of the starting line as it can be very crowded and we want to allow everyone enough room to get going. We do require pets to be on a leash (6 ft maximum) and we reserve the right to pull a runner or their pet should they cause a disturbance.

Q: HOW IS THE RACE TIMED?

For those participants who indicated they would like to be chip timed, we provide a specific bib with a timing chip attached to the back.  We ask that the bib be placed on the front of the participant, visible to run staff/volunteers.  To keep our costs to a minimum we do not assign bib/chip numbers until you pick up your packet.  If you arrive after the designated times we cannot guarantee that you will be able to be chip timed. All times displayed and those used for medals/awards are based off of gun time, your time will start when the gun goes off and will stop when your bib crosses the finish line.

Q: WHY DIDN’T I GET A MEDAL?

We provide medals to the Top 3 male and Top 3 female runners.  In addition we provide medals to the 1st place participant in each of the following age groups for both males and females: U12, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60+.

Q: I SEE A BUNCH OF PHOTOGRAPHERS, WHERE ARE THE PICTURES?

All of the photographers on the course are volunteers and are taking pictures to help remember the day.  As such we cannot guarantee that a picture was taken of you, even if there is one, we may not receive that image from the photographer.  We try to post as many pictures as possible within a few weeks after the race.  If you would really like a picture while you run, we have a few recommendations: bring a family member or friend, ask a volunteer to take one with your phone, and a selfie stick goes a long way.

Q: WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE OUT ON THE COURSE?

Our race could not function without the help of our dedicated group volunteers, if you see them out on the course, thank them for taking time out of their day to make sure you have an enjoyable race.