O’Gara’s Irish Run

Start of the O'Gara's Irish Run! Can you find yourself?

Posted by O'Gara's Irish Run on Thursday, March 30, 2017

2020 Race Cancelled

After consultation with city and state officials and considering that the estimated number of participants, spectators, and volunteers would make this a large event, we will be cancelling the 2020 O’Gara’s Irish run. 

We highly value the health and safety of our community and cancellation of this event is the correct public health action to take. 

We understand the importance of this event to our participants, and ask for your understanding with the extraordinary circumstances that led to the cancellation. 

With the COVID-19 situation still developing, we are still determining impacts to our other events. Please follow us on Facebook or at runningventures.com for updates. We look forward to seeing you at another Running Ventures event in the future.

The Event

The premier 8K in Minnesota. This is the 8K that continues the decade’s long legacy of a 8K race in the Lexington / Hamline neighborhood in St. Paul with an Irish theme and a broad field spanning from elite runners to beginning runners. This is a can’t miss race for many running clubs, race teams, and casual runners.

This is the USATF Minnesota 8K championship, and is also on the USA Track & Field Minnesota Association Team Circuit.

Great elite course, but also wonderful for those who like to do an 8K on the same course as elites. Many paces and experience levels will be on the course.

If you prefer a 5K, this is a wonderful route run on a shortened version of the same course.

Course is completely closed to traffic.

Many do this race as a mandatory part of their marathon and half marathon training programs. 8K and 5K racers may use this as their peak competitive event of the year.

Kids half mile happens just 15 minutes before the 5K and 8K.

Course is USATF certified and record eligible

2020 USATF Minnesota 8K championship

Race Day

8:30 AM – Packet Pick up and Race Day registration opens – 140 Snelling Ave N
9:45 AM – Kids Half Mile
10:00 AM – 8K and 5K

A-Line Bus Rapid Transit stops near packet pickup and the race course. This line conveniently connects to green and blue line light rail. On street parking is also available. Areas east and slightly south of the packet pickup tend to have plenty of on street parking.


All events start and finish on Selby just east of Snelling.
8K map 5K map
8K and 5K are chip timed by Mtec. Kids Half mile has clock at the finish line.
Race has a 63 minute time limit (12.5 minutes / mile for 8K and 20.25 minutes / mile for 5K). 8K runners who are not at 5K turnaround by 10:22 will be instructed to turn and complete the 5K.
Strollers and pets are not permitted on the course.
Headphones are permitted as long as participants are able to hear instructions from race officials.

Race day headquarters is the parking lot of Park Liquors – 140 Snelling Ave N
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