No one could have imagined that the St. Patrick's Parade Corktown Races would become one of the largest 5km races in Michigan. Originally a 4 mile race that began in 1989, the race fluctuated between 700 and 1000 runners before Doug Kurtis and the Downtown Runners and Walkers took over operations in 2007. Since then the event has seen steady growth to over 8000 participants. In 2010 the run and walk was combined to the 5km which enabled the race to stay almost completely on the Parade route. Both the Fraternal Order of United Irishmen and the Motor City Striders have been a part of the organizing committee since its inception. In addition to attracting more people to the parade, the race is a vehicle for raising funds for the Saint Patrick's Senior Center.



The shirt for our 33rd annual race is made out of a technical mesh with dual tone panels. We have a variety of sizes but if you don't act now you may not get the sizes you'd like. Register by 3/1/15 to guarantee your size before the race.




All finishers will receive a medal. These die cast antique pewter keepsakes are purchased through Maxwell Medals, one of the largest distributors of awards in America. They are based in Traverse City, MI.

Corktown Races 5km has been chosen as the RRCA Regional Championship. Medals will be presented to top overall, master, grandmaster, and senior grandmaster male and female winners.




In 2012 the Corktown Race celebrated its 30th anniversary with the largest field of registered runners.  Two new 5km records were also set.  Mike Anderson of Milford zipped through the course in 15:03 while Angela kept all the Iris ladies behind with a blistering 17:30.

The race offered commemorative medals to all finisher for the first time in its history. Runners also were part of the first new wave system.

In 2005, the Motor City Striders decided to pass along organization of the race to the Downtown Runners and Walkers. It was also the first year that all the runners were chipped timed.

After years of starting at Tiger Stadium and finishing at the Gaelic League the course was moved to the Michigan Central Train Depot for a common start/finish in 2009.

In 2010 the run and walk was combined to a 5km which enabled the race to stay almost completely on the Parade route.  It also marked the first year that the race offered technical shirts

Course records in the four miler were set by Sue French, 23, of Toronto in 1984.  She surprised the split timers with her fast early pace and finished in 21:53. French went on to run for Canada in the 1984 and ‘88 Olympics. Until 2004, she held the Canadian 10K record with a time of 31:50.51.  

Paul Aufdemberge holds the four miler course records with times of 19:01 in 1990. Aufdemberge, one of Michigan’s celebrated runners, has won Corktown on four separate occasions.  

Corktown Race made it debut in 1983. It was a rare day for area runners. For the first time in the 25-year history of the Motor City Striders, runners could choose between two different Strider races, in separate events, on the same day.
The first was the Ernest Smith Memorial 5-Mile Run at 10 a.m. on Belle Isle. The second event, the inaugural St. Patrick’s 4-Mile Run, started at 12:30 p.m. three miles away in front of Cobo Hall and finished on Woodward Avenue. 



Packet pickup is a convenient feature where you can go grab your tshirt and bib number before race day.




















These are the fine folk who make the Cork Town Races Possible







Fabulous prizes from the Twisted Shamrock awaits those who participate in this year’s costume contest.

Stop by the Costume Contest Awards Tent and Feather Flag. Enter you name before the race. Look for the results afterward.

Be part of the fun and show your stuff!



What’s new this year?

This year we have a new presenting sponsor – Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3). There is a new design on both shirts and medals.  More course entertainment is planned.

 Age Group Awards

Corktown Races do not have age group awards.  We discontinued this because many of the award winners left the race site to party and watch the Parade.  Results will be posted in five-year age groupings beginning at 5 years of age. See www.everalracemgt.com after 2:00 pm on race day.

Age to Enter

There are no age requirements for any of the races.

Arrival Time on Race Day

The earlier you get downtown, the better, especially if you still have to pick up your race packet - definitely before 8:30 AM.  Between the race and the parade, it gets extremely congested on downtown streets and freeways.


The top 3 male and females receive unique gifts from the Twisted Shamrock in Ferndale. The top male & female masters, grandmasters and senior runners will receive gifts from New Balance.

There are also awards for best individual, pair and group costumes.


Corktown Races 5km has been chosen as the RRCA Regional Championship. Special RRCA Medals will be presented to top overall, master, grandmaster, and senior grandmaster male and female winners.


There just might be handcrafted ales from Motor City Brewing Works and Wolverine. It might be in the parking lot behind the Mercury Bar, across from the finish line (on the left).  But, you didn't hear that from us.

Bib Colors

The color of the number bib indicates your race.  For the 5K, the bib color indicates your starting wave (see “Wave Start”).

 Grey = Kid’s quater mile / Orange = Dublin Dash Mile / Yellow = 5K Wave #1 / Blue = 5K, Wave #2 / Green = 5K, Wave #3 / White = 5K. / Wave #4 - Walkers

Canned Goods

You are encouraged to bring a canned good to donate to the St. Patrick’s Senior Center.  There will be a table and banner inside the Vendor Tent for that purpose.

Cannot Participate

If you are ill or injured and cannot participate, you may still pick up your packet before the race; or have a friend pick it up for you. There are no refunds, however, and we do not mail out packets.

Contact Us

For questions, comments and suggestions about the race, please email corktownrace@gmail.com .   


Wearing costumes for the Corktown Race is an honored tradition and highly encouraged! Prizes are given for originality and execution. Team themes are especially welcome. The costume judging will take place between 8:30 and 10:00 AM at the big stage on Vernor Hwy. adjacent to Roosevelt Park - look for the tall flutter flag.

Course Closes

The Start Line closes at 10:25, or whenever the last wave crosses. Teardown begins immediately. Because of the St. Patrick's Parade, the entire course must be cleared by 12:00 PM.

Date of Race

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - it's the 33rd Anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Parade Corktown Races. Our events are always the Sunday before St. Patrick’s day.

Deadlines for Registration

Mail-in, online and satellite registration closes at 6:00 PM on Friday, March 13th, or when registration reaches 10,000.  If spaces are still available, there will be registration before the race on Sunday, March 15th beginning at 8:00 AM in Roosevelt Park at Michigan Avenue & Vernor Hwy. Pre-registered packets may also be picked up at this time. Cash or check only - NO charge cards. Checks should be made out to "F.O.U.I." There is NO registration on Saturday, March 14th.


You may run with your leashed pet, but we ask you to start at the back of the pack and please be mindful of interfering with other runners. Make sure to clean up any “messes.”


When registering, you may include a donation to the St. Patrick's Senior Center and/or the Detroit Mounted Police.  You are also encouraged to donate canned goods to St. Patrick's Senior Center.  There will be a table and banner inside the Vendor Tent for that purpose.

Dublin Dash

The Dublin Dash is a 1 Mile distance clock-timed race. (No timing chips on bib)

Entry Fees

March 1st – 13th:  5K = $35, Dublin Dash = $25, Kids Run = $20. Race Day, March 15th: 5K = $40, Dublin Dash = $25, Kids Run = $20. (Race Day registration by cash or check only.  No charge cards.) There is NO Registration on Saturday, March 15th.                                                


The Cork Town Race group page on Facebook is the best place to find last minute changes, updates and information about the race - both before and after. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/264617490907/

Finish Line

The Finish is located on northbound Vernor Hwy., on the east side of Roosevelt Park. You will receive your medal as you exit the finish chutes.  Please continue moving through the chutes to the end.  Do not wait for friends and/or family in the chutes; please do that in the park or nearby. (See "Meeting Friends & Family")


Runner refreshments (food & Absopure® water) will be available in the tents directly after you exit the finish chutes.  Look for the yummy shamrock sugar cookies and LÄRABARS®. There might be an adult beverage for finishers in the parking lot behind the Mercury Bar (to the east of the Finish Line.) Vendors will be set up on southbound Vernor Hwy. for spectators and runners alike. Local bars and restaurants will also be open.


The Fraternal Order of United Irishmen are the organizers and one of the main sponsors of the Corktown Races.

Friends Picking up Packets and Vice-Versa

You may pick up a friend's packet (or vice versa). You will need the name and ZIPCODE of that person. (That zipcode is important.)

Gear Check

We do not offer Gear Check.  Parking is generally close enough to leave your gear and valuables locked in your vehicle.

Help Desk

Workers at the Help Desk will assist you with registration-related problems - name not on list, double charges, incorrect data, lost bibs, etc. The Help Desk in the big tent on Roosevelt Park, near Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup. There will also be roving “Park Rangers," to answer your race-related questions.

How many people?

We are expecting close to 9,500 participants in the three races combined. Registration will cut off if we reach 10,000 before race day.


There will be a Corktown Race "Information" table under the big tent in Roosevelt Park, near Race Day Registration. We can answer most of your questions about the event. Information also serves as "Lost & Found."This year, there will also be several roving “Park Rangers” available to answer questions. These rangers will be dressed in brightly colored, easily-recognized uniforms. Look for the big hats with question marks on them.

Kids Run

It's about a quarter of a mile course and strictly for kids, although we encourage adults to walk alongside the toddlers.

Late Registration (Race Day Registration)

Late registration will take place at the big tent on Roosevelt Park on Sunday morning, beginning approximately at 8:00 AM.  Look for the "Race Day Registration" signs.  First, fill out a form at the "Registration Form" table before turning it in along with CASH OR CHECK (made out to F.O.U.I.). NO CHARGE CARDS ACCEPTED. We cannot guarantee shirts to race day registrants.

Lost & Found

"Lost & Found" is located at the Information table in Roosevelt Park. Any found items such as keys, phones or radios should be turned in here. While the Corktown Race is not responsible for lost or stolen items, we will make every effort to return any items brought to us. Check with us for any items missing after your race. Since parking is available close by, we suggest leaving valuables locked in your vehicle's trunk.

Lost Persons

No matter how well you may plan, people get lost.  Children can't find parents, and vice versa.  There will be a "Found Persons" table on Vernor Hwy. near the vendors, staffed by Emergency Communications personnel. Do not ask the race announcer to make inquiries.


There will be medals for the first 10,000 finishers. We had many medals left over last year and don’t anticipate problems this year.



Medical Support

Hart Medical services the Corktown event. There will be a First Aid table in the vendor area (look for the red flutter flag). Emergency communications Volunteers (with bright green hats) are located around the course. If you need to stop during the race, please alert the closest emergency volunteer if you cannot make it back to Roosevelt Park.  The Information table also keeps a small first aid kit, with bandages, aspirin, etc.

Meeting Friends & Family

You should agree on a post-race meeting location before beginning your race - east side of the beer tent, at the “Found Persons” flag, your vehicle, the Information table, etc.  You may also use your cell phone, carry a sign or distinctive balloon, or make a unique sound - bagpipes might work. "At the finish line" will definitely NOT work.  Not with 9,500 participants expected - most of them wearing green.  Plan ahead. We do not make announcements for individuals you cannot find.

Packet Pick-up

There is advance packet pickup at seven satellite locations from Saturday, March 7th through 6:00 PM Friday evening, March 13th. Refer to the chart on the next page for locations and hours.  If you have pre-registered, bibs & T-shirts may be picked up on Sunday, March 15th before the race, beginning at approximately 8:00 AM. Before going to the "Pre-Registration" tables, please look up your race number on the nearby posting boards.


For those new to racing, a "packet" consists of your bib number and t-shirt. Bib numbers are worn on your front (jacket, shirt, shorts, etc.).  The timing tag is on the back of the bib. Safety pins are available to secure the bibs.

“Park Rangers”

This year, we will have several Park Rangers – these will be easily-identified Information volunteers prepared to answer questions concerning the race from participants, spectators, vendors and other volunteers.  Look for their bright green tops and tall hats.  After the race, these Park Rangers will be able to scan the QR code on your race bib to find out your results.

Parking on Race Day

The Ambassador Bridge has donated a parking lot off 17th Street with 200 spots available.  We kindly request a donation to the Saint Patrick's Senior Center.  There is a guard on duty in the lot. Please plan to leave the parking lot by 2:00 PM.                      Otherwise, there is some street parking surrounding the area, and other paid lots.   The earlier you arrive, the easier it is to find parking. Be aware that several streets in the Corktown area are shut-down due to the events.    The lingering snow may also limit some areas.


There will be 50 porta-potties in the start area at Roosevelt Park, and two near the water station at the 1 & 2 mile marks.  There will be a few others along the St. Patrick's Parade route.


We do not offer prize money.  Refer to “Awards” on the first page.

QR Code

Each bib includes a QR code (a computerized identification symbol).  If you have a code reader app on your smart phone, you may scan your bib and receive your results within an hour of finishing.  Or, you can ask one of our information volunteers to scan it for you. Free QR code reader apps are available for your smart phone.

Race Results

Results will be posted online later Sunday at www.everalracemgt.com. After finishing, the QR code on your bib may be scanned for results – or ask one of our “Park Rangers” to scan it for you.


As with other races, we have a no refund, transfer or deferment policy for all race entries.  If you cannot participate, you may still pick up your shirt prior to the race.

Registration at Satellite Locations

CLOSES at 6:00 PM Friday; March 13th. There is no registration on Saturday, March 14th.  Six packet pickup locations offer registration with cash or check only.  No charge cards are accepted for registration at satellite locations.  There is no onsite registration at McShane’s Pub. 

Roosevelt Park

Located on the south side of Michigan Avenue at Vernor, in front of the Michigan Central Depot (old train station), Roosevelt Park is "Race Central."  You will find the Start/Finish areas, Registration & Pick-up Tent, porta-potties, food, etc. Race activities also take place on Michigan Avenue (the Start) and Vernor Highway (Finish, vendors, stage, etc.) A big white tent will be used for registration, pickup, etc. It will be obvious as you near the park. A second white tent will contain vendors, volunteer check-in and other activities.

Skateboards, Rollerblades, Bikes, etc.

These modes of covering the course are a safety issue and not permitted.  Please keep them off the course.

Starting Times                            

As begun last year in 2014, both the races and the Parade have been moved forward, at the request of City officials.


The Kids Race begins at 9:30 AM. The Dublin Dash Mile starts at 9:40 AM. The 5K begins at 10:00 AM.  Registration and packet pick-up begins at 8:00 AM. The St. Patrick’s Parade will kick off at Noon.


Security measures will be in effect at the start line, especially for the 5K.  Access to the starting corrals will be enforced.  Once a 5K wave starts moving, late-comers will need to start with the later wave.  Plan to be in your starting corral early. 

Please take note of the following times:

·       9:30 AM – Kid’s ¼ Mile Start

·       9:35 AM – Kid’s ¼ Mile Cutoff

·       9:40 AM – Dublin Dash 1 Mile Start

·       9:45 AM – Dublin Dash Cutoff

·       10:00 AM – 5K Yellow Wave Start

·       10:05 AM – 5K Blue Wave Start

·       10:10 AM – 5K Green Wave Start

·       10:15 AM – 5K White Wave Start

·       10:25 AM – 5K Starting Line is CLOSED

·       The St. Patrick’s Parade begins at Noon

Start Line

The Start is now located on eastbound Michigan Avenue at Vernor Hwy.  To ease congestion we will utilize a "four wave start." (See times above and description of “wave start” below.)

St. Patrick’s Parade

This year marks the 57th Annual Detroit Corktown St. Patrick’s Parade.  It begins at Noon on Michigan Ave. just west of the Lodge Fwy. and marches west past old Tiger Stadium to 14th St.  More information on the Parade can be found at: http://www.detroitstpatricksparade.com/index.html


We do allow people to run with baby joggers or strollers, but ask that you start in the back of the pack for your safety and the safety of others.


This year, there will be two large tents at Roosevelt Park – one will contain Registration, Pickup, Information and the Help Desk, like last year.  There will also be a second Vendor Tent (see below).


The Corktown Race uses "B" tags for timing the 5K.  They are attached to the back of your bib number (no more tags on shoes). Do not remove or fold the tag from the back of the bib. The Dublin Dash and Kids Run are clock timed only.

T-Shirt Exchange

Possibly.  Bring your unworn shirt to the race day registration table after the race.  IF your new size is still available, you'll be able to exchange.  There are NO shirt exchanges at the satellite locations.

Vendor Tent

This year, some vendors, volunteer check-in, merchandise sales and canned food donations will be located in a large tent at Roosevelt Park.  Look for the flutter flags and signage.  Food trucks will remain on Vernor Hwy. like last year.


We couldn't have the race without you, and we can always use more volunteers.  If you, or someone you know is interested, please email John Gee at johngialanella@gmail.com Or, just stop by the "Volunteer Check-in" tent in Roosevelt Park on Sunday morning. For identification, all volunteers will be wearing bright yellow/green vests.


Walkers are definitely encouraged to participate!  Just remember that because of the St. Patrick's Parade, the course must be cleared by 12:00 PM.


Water is available at the Finish, and along the course near the 1 & 2 mile marks.

Wave Start

To ease congestion, we have divided the 5K participants into 4 waves – yellow, blue, green and white. The yellow wave will line up first, with blue runners grouped behind them, then green followed by the white wave.  Once the yellow wave has cleared the start area, the blue group will be brought forward to start. Likewise for the green and white waves.  If you are not in your wave when it begins to move forward, you will have to enter a later wave.




We will be distributing race numbers and shirts at seven locations in the metro Detroit area from March 7 through March 13. Locations include: New Balance in Troy, Farmington Hills and Utica, Total Runner in Southgate, 

Running Lab in Brighton, RUNDetroit in Midtown and McShane’s Pub in downtown Detroit.


Help set-up the Roosevelt Park start and finish areas on Saturday afternoon, 

March 14th.  Unload trucks, organize tents, decorate and prepare finisher medals.


Your bright colored Corktown vest will identify you in helping to point runners in the correct direction. We have an exciting course that runs along the entire parade route as well as Michigan Ave. We'll need a few of you for the Kids Run and the Dublin Mile, too.


Be the first to greet runners at the Roosevelt Park tents in front of the Michigan Central Train Depot. Work with the Registration Captain to hand out race numbers and our technical shirts.


Celebrate and share the excitement of the finish line by awarding medals to the runners and walkers as the complete the course.


Help organize the start area, distribute signage, assist in crowd direction and control, and clean-up.


Assist with set-up and tear-down of finish area, help with crowd direction, control and clean-up.


Assist with set-up, tear-down and distribution of water and food to participants – both on the course and at the Finish Line area.


Really be a part of the parade atmosphere by wearing a costume and one of the Leprechaun Big Heads.  You’ll wander Roosevelt Park and cheer on the kids run.


Assist course operations and safety.  Familiarity with amateur radio required.


Help with merchandise sales and volunteer check in.


In 1973 Sister Mary Watson opened the doors of St. Patrick Senior Center to seven elderly residents of Detroit's Cass Corridor neighborhood and served a home-cooked, healthy meal. In 1983, St. Patrick Senior Center was incorporated as a non-denominational, non-profit organization for elders, aged 60 and over.

Today, the center is the only remaining community based health clinic for seniors in the City of Detroit.

Over 30 years of serving the of Detroit's elderly + Serving over 2,000 area residents + A non-denominational, non-profit organization + Nutritious meals 7 days a week + Detroit's only remaining community based health care clinic for seniors + Providing social activities including classes, trips, and special events + Offering transportation assistance to community seniors

Check out the St. Patrick Senior Center website for more information. Just click the link below.