IrishFest ‘Half’ 5k Finishers

Congratulations to all this year’s runners, we had wonderful weather accompany us as we tried out a new race distance. This year’s event was won by Nicholas Prater, with a time of 9:45 for the 2.5k distance. Megan Tetuan set the pace for the women with a time of 13:39. Congratulations to all of our medal winners. Our youngest participant this was 7 yr old Riley Drury who finished first in her age group with a time of 15:00.

Thank you again to all of our registrants and participants who make this event what it is year in and year out.

IrishFest ‘Half’ 5k and Festivities

Race day will begin with Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration from 8 – 9:30am. Kids can join in on the fun by chasing a leprechaun during the Leprechaun Leap starting prior to the race. The race will begin at 9th and Jackson St. at 10am, followed by the Medals Ceremony at 10:30am. The Top 3 Male and Females will receive a medal for the ‘Half’ 5k.

Stick around and join us after the run for a day full of fun at the Irish Festival. We will have plenty of Irish Food, Irish Music, street vendors, and kids activities to go along with the Run and Parade. See full list below.

Food – Patty’s Pockets, Banger and Mash, Brats, and Burgers

Live Music / Entertainment – Flannigan’s Right Hook and Driscoll School of Dance

Whiskey Tasting

Street Vendors – Amber’s Country Creations, Hauge Water, Jack’s Kettle Corn, Live Wire Bling, Native Whisper Arts, Pops Candy Art, and Stumpy’s Smoked Cheeses

Kids – Bounce House, Yard Games

Halfway To St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

It’s never too early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Join us on Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Topeka IrishFest at 8th and Jackson in Downtown Topeka. We’ll start off with our popular fun run – 2.5 K – at 10 a.m. and hope you’ll join us for Irish Food (including our popular Patty’s Pockets), a beer garden, whiskey tasting, adult and children’s games, live bands and Irish dancing. The Topeka St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at noon in the downtown area, so there will be something for everyone.

10 a.m. – Laces better be tied, it’s go time for the 2.5K!

10 a.m. – Hydration is key, BEER GARDEN is open!

10 a.m. – Delicious Irish FOOD is served!

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Live Irish Bands and Dancing

Noon – Topeka St. Patrick’s Day Parade

12:30 p.m. – Whiskey Tasting – Jameson Family ($30)

  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Jameson Caskmates – IPA Edition
  • Jameson Caskmates – Stout Edition
  • Jameson – Black Barrel

1:30 p.m. – Whiskey Tasting – Taste of Ireland ($20)

  • Paddy Old Irish Whiskey
  • Powers Gold Label
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Redbreast

2:30 p.m. – Whiskey Tasting – Evolution of Bourbon Tour ($20)

  • Mellow Corn
  • Elijah Craig
  • Evan William’s
  • Rittenhouse

3:30 p.m. – Whiskey Tasting – Bourbon Tour ($30)

  • Woodford Reserve
  • Wild Turkey Longbranch
  • Maker’s 46
  • Old Grand-Dad 114 Degrees

Each whiskey tasting is open to 15 people, tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the token booth!

6:00 p.m. – IrishFest Closes and we beginning planning to celebrate with you again in March!

Bounce house and kids games open throughout the day! So come early and stay late, we can’t wait to celebrate with you Topeka!

IrishFest 2.5K – Sign Up Today

As the city is preparing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day six months late, we wanted to get in on the action. After all, is it ever to late or early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

So to stick with the theme of Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day and Halfway to IrishFest we will be running a ‘Half’ 5k. But don’t worry the shorter race will not be short on fun and excitement.

Click here to register today!

2021 Virtual Finishers

Congratulations to all this year’s runners, as they had to traverse a year of pandemic and a month of sub freezing weather just weeks before the race. This year’s event was won by Mimi Gardner and Kirk Johnson, with a time of 30:12 and 22:36 respectively.

Our youngest participant this year was Trace Brungardt who a 3rd overall time of 27:14, while the grandest participant Lon Stanton finished with a time of 40:57.

Thank you again to all of our registrant and participants who made this event what it is year in and year out.