ABOUT THE CORKTOWN RACES
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.
CORK TOWN RACE
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.
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Packet pickup is a convenient feature where you can go grab your tshirt and bib number before race day.
AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 7TH TO MARCH 13TH
FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU
TROY, FARMINGTON HILLS & UTICA
THE RACE MAP
These are the fine folk who make the Cork Town Races Possible
CHARITIES AND NONPROFITS
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!
PRE-RACE PACKET PICK UP
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.
REGISTRATION / SHIRTS
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.
START LINE OPERATIONS
Help organize the start area, distribute signage, assist in crowd direction and control, and clean-up.
FINISH LINE OPERATIONS
Assist with set-up and tear-down of finish area, help with crowd direction, control and clean-up.
RUNNER FOOD & WATER DISTRIBUTION
Assist with set-up, tear-down and distribution of water and food to participants – both on the course and at the Finish Line area.
LEPRECHAUN BIG HEADS
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.
ST. PATRICK SENIOR CENTER
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.