The Basics

This year’s race is on MARCH 10th, 2019.  It’s always the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day.  That gives area businesses a bigger chance for extra business – the Race, the Parade and St. Paddy’s Day.

 You’ll love the new design on both shirts and medals, featuring a Celtic Lady to accompany our Bagpiper

 Registration is NOW OPEN online and mail-in.

New Start Times and New Course:  For more information, go to our website: www.corktownrace.com


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

There are also prizes for best costumes: top three male and female individual, kids and first over team/group costumes.

Canned Goods

You are encouraged to bring a canned good to donate to the St. Patrick’s Senior Center.  There will be a booth and banner next to the sound stage.


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 9:30 and 10:30 AM at the sound stage on Vernor Hwy. adjacent to Roosevelt Park - look for the tall flutter flag.

Date of Race

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - it's the 36th Anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Parade Corktown Races. Our events are always the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day (even when St. Patrick’s Day is a Sunday, like this year.)


Do to safety reason and previous problems on the course we will no longer be able to let dogs in the race.  You welcome to bring them to the park on a leash just not on the course. 

Dublin Double

The Double is a combination race – you compete in both the Emerald Mile and the Huntington Bank Corktown 5K. You receive a unique timing bib and finishers medal.


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")

Entertainment and photo Ops

For the second year, Irish Step Dancers will be performing on the finish line stage. At several locations the park look for giant inflatable leprechauns and photo back drops. Selfies are free!

Food and Beverages

Runner refreshments (food & Absopure® water) will be available in the tents directly after you exit the finish chutes.  Look for the fruit, snacks and yummy shamrock sugar cookies. There might be an adult beverage for finishers (21 & older) 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.

Gear Check

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

How many people?

We are expecting close to 6,000 participants in the three races combined. The Dublin Double will be limited to 750 runners/walkers.

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 9:00 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.


There will be medals for the first 6,000 finishers. We had many medals left over last year and don’t anticipate problems this year.  Dublin Doublers will receive a unique medal for completing the Emerald Mile and the Corktown 5K.

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 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.  With 6,000 participants expected - most of them wearing green.  Plan ahead. We do not make announcements for individuals you cannot find.


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.

Parking on Race Day

A parking lot off 17th Street has 200 spots available.  There is an additional secured lot off 15th Street, just east of the Michigan Central Station. We kindly request a donation to the Saint Patrick's Senior Center at these locations.  There will be a guard on duty. Please plan to leave the parking lot by 3:00 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, before and during the races and parade.


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

Race Results

Results will be posted online later Sunday at https://hub.enmotive.com/results-and-photos . After finishing, the QR code on your bib may be scanned for results. Results will also be available at kiosks in the vendor tent.

Registration at Satellite Locations

In person registration is available at six of satellite locations during Advance Packet Pickup. (There is no onsite registration at McShane’s Pub)  It closes at 6:00 PM Friday; March 8th. (Registration/pickup shuts down, even if the store remains open.)  There is no registration on Saturday, March 9th.  Six packet pickup locations offer registration with cash or check only.  No charge cards accepted for registration at satellite locations.

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                            

        9:00 AM – Registration & Packet Pickup Opens

         10:30 AM – Kid’s ¼ Mile Start

         10:40 AM – Emerald Mile Start

         11:00 AM – Huntington Bank Corktown Race 5K Start

         11:30 AM – Approximate Start of Awards Ceremony

The St. Patrick’s Parade begins at 1 PM.


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

T-Shirt Exchange

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


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.

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.



There just might be handcrafted ales from Motor City Brewing Works. It might be in the parking lot behind the Mercury Bar, east of the finish line.  But, you didn't hear that from us.

Contact Us

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

Course Closes

The Start Line closes at 11:25, or whenever the last wave crosses. Teardown begins immediately. Because of the St. Patrick's Parade, the entire course must be cleared by 12:30 PM.

Deadlines for Registration

Mail-in, online and satellite registration closes at 6:00 PM on Friday, March 8th. There will be registration before the race on Sunday, March 10th beginning at 9:00 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 9th.


When registering, you may include a donation to the St. Patrick's Senior Center. You are also encouraged to donate canned goods to St. Patrick's Senior Center. There will be booths and photo backdrops next to the Sound Stage. 

Entry Fees

Before March 1st

5K: $35 

1 Mile: $20

Dublin Double (1 Mile & 5K): $45

Kids Run: $15

March 1 - 8

5K: $40

1 Mile: $25

Dublin Double (1 Mile & 5K): $50

Kids Run: $20

Race Day

5K: $45

1 Mile: $25

Dublin Double (1 Mile & 5K): $55

Kids Run: $20

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 zip code is important.)

Help Desk

Volunteers 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 is in the big tent on Roosevelt Park, near Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup. There will also be roving Information Volunteers to answer your race-related questions.


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 Info Volunteers 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.

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.

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 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.

Packet Pick-up

If you pre-registered, there is advance packet pickup at seven satellite locations from Saturday, March 2nd through 6:00 PM Friday evening, March 8th. Refer to the Packet Pickup page on the website for locations and hours. Race numbers are not assigned until you arrive at an advance location, therefore you may go to whichever store is most convenient. 

If you have pre-registered, bibs & T-shirts may also be picked up on Sunday, March 10th before the race, beginning at approximately 9:00 AM. Before going to the "Pre-Registration" tables, please look up your race number on the nearby posting boards.


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.

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.


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

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.

Start Line

The Start is located on eastbound Michigan Avenue at Vernor Hwy.  To ease congestion we will utilize a "four wave start" for the Corktown 5K.  (See times above and description of “wave start” below.)

St. Patrick’s Parade

This year marks the 61st Annual Detroit Corktown St. Patrick’s Parade.  It begins at 1pm 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


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. Registration is not required for these “little people.”


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 Emerald Mile and Kids Run are clock-timed only. Both the mile and 5km are timed for the Dublin Double.

Vendor Tent

This year, some vendors, volunteer check-in, merchandise and race results 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.


Walkers are definitely encouraged to participate!  Just remember that because of the St. Patrick's Parade, the course must be cleared by 12:30 PM.


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

Still have questions?  Email them to corktownrace@gmail.coM