Pre-race for runners, family and friends

McCarthy’s will be open at 8:00AM for runners, friends and family to stay warm. A limited breakfast menu will be available.

  • McCarthy’s  1231 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

  • Downtown Cleveland’s Bar + Grill with Live Music

St. Malachi Church
2459 Washington Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

The 2 Mile Run / Walk starts at 9:15am.

The 5 Mile Run / Walk starts at 10:00am.

We’ve made it super easy for you to get your packet, with these location options throughout the week prior to the race:
– Tuesday (9/14/2021): Achilles Running Shop in Willoughby: 4pm – 7pm
– Wednesday (9/15/2021): Dick’s Sporting Goods in Westlake: 4pm – 7pm
– Thursday (9/16/2021): Dick’s Sporting Goods in Strongsville: 4pm – 7pm
– Friday (9/17/2021): McCarthy’s in Cleveland: 4pm – 7pm
– Saturday (9/18/2021): Race morning at St. Malachi
    2 Mile: 7:30am – 9:00am
    5 Mile: 7:30am – 9:30am

– Friday (9/17/2021):     6:30pm     Free Run Wild CLE Run and St. Malachi grounds clean up.
– Saturday (9/18/2021):     7:30am     Breakfast available at McCarthy’s.
   8:00am     Mass
   9:00am     American and Irish National Anthems and 2 Mile Opening Ceremonies with Kenny Crumpton
   9:15am     2 Mile Run Start
   9:30am     After Hooley at McCarthy’s
   9:45am     American and Irish National Anthems and 5 Mile Opening Ceremonies with Kenny Crumpton
   10:00am     5 Mile Run Start
   10:15am     2 Mile Run Awards Ceremony
   11:00am     5 Mile Run Awards Ceremony

Nautica Parking Lot:
2398 Sycamore St, Cleveland, OH 44113
Opens at 7​AM
– Parking at Nautica is $3
– ​Ent​er the lot from Center Street ​or Elm Street.

Massimo Parking Lot:
1400 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.
Enter off W 25th.
Space is limited.
Free.

Lutheran Hospital Parking Lot:
Providing a limited number of free parking spaces in the large lot north of Franklin, between W 25th and W 28th. Entrances are on Franklin and W 28th. There will not be security on the lot, parking is at the risk of the car owner/driver.

Additional Free Parking:
Available in the Flats near Mulberry’s. Space may be limited.

Group Run, Trail & Track Etiquette

– Show up on time for a scheduled group run and bring your best attitude with you. Positivity is contagious.

– Understand the purpose of the group run goals and distances so you can ensure it is the right fit for your training and social needs.

– Sign-in, if that is a requirement, for the group run or training program session. This helps group leaders know who is participating in the day’s training run.

– Determine your pace-group before you get going. It’s okay to speed up or slow down, but be mindful about what pace you will be most comfortable sustaining over the full distance of the route. Be mindful of runners behind you if you need to take a walk break.

– Stick to the designated route outlined for the group run. Keep in mind, in most areas, you must run/walk on the sidewalk and not in the street if sidewalks are available.

– Be engaged with the group. Leave the headphones at home. Provide encouragement to fellow runners. Be mindful about your language and conversation topics. Respect and follow the groups code of conduct.

– Don’t run more than two abreast, especially on busy roads, sidewalks, or multi-use trails. The goal is to share the roads/trails, not hog them.

– Obey all traffic signs. NEVER assume a driver is going to stop for you at an intersection even if you have the right-of-way. Pay attention to your surroundings, especially if your group is running on the road. Run against traffic on the roads.

– Follow the “ranger rules,” meaning leave no one behind for any reason (bathroom breaks, walk breaks, twisted ankle, shortness of breath, etc.). Use the buddy system.

– Pay it forward. Volunteer to bring hydration supplies, to lead a pace group, to help with communications, and more efforts to help ensure the group runs are successful week after week

– On multi-use trails, follow the rules of the road—travel on the right and pass on the left. Don’t run down the middle of the trail. Run to the right side to allow others to pass safely.

– If you are running an out-and-back route on a trail, ensure the trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, scooters, etc.) before making your u-turn.

– Alert people when you are passing—don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.

– When running on the track, respect the operating hours of the track. Pets, strollers, kid’s bikes/scooters, etc. are not appropriate to have on the track.

– Slower runners/walkers should use the outside lanes and allow faster runners to run the inside lanes.

St. Malachi Church Run formed a partnership with the YMCA’s We Run This City program.  Through this partnership students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District have been able to run the St. Malachi Church Run.  The YMCA obtains grants for the We Run This City program which pays for the student’s participation in the Run and St. Malachi provides a substantial discount of their registration fees.  One off the goals of the St. Malachi Church Run is to expand their Youth Diversity program.  We had 330 youth signed up to participate in 2020, an increase of 80 kids over 2019!  Additionally, St. Malachi is working on expanding the program to inner city Catholic schools.  The We Run This City Youth Program strives to teach young people to set and achieve goals by preparing them to run in races.   But crossing the finish line is just the beginning!  Students leave the program with greater self-confidence and enhanced youth resiliency skills.

2 Mile Course

2 Run/ Walk begins and ends near the St. Malachi Church.

5 Mile Course

5 Run/ Walk begins and ends near the St. Malachi Church.

Ok you Leprechauns, let the shenanigans begin!

After Hooley (an Irish party) at McCarthy’s presented by Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Bring your sweaty legs over to McCarthy’s – grab a brew, enjoy live music, dance and relax with friends!  For ​registered participants over 21, the first Great Lakes beer is on us!  After that there will be plenty of specials on food and drink, don’t miss out!

  • McCarthy’s  1231 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

  • Downtown Cleveland’s Bar + Grill with Live Music

“Yeah, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone’s Irish today.”

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