Running of the Leprechauns set for Saturday, registration open

Published 8:24 am Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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Spring is almost here! Time to get off the couch and start doing – running, walking, just getting outside in the fresh air, either by yourself or with family and friends. Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE) is presenting the Running of the Leprechauns 5K and 10K on Saturday, March 18 at 8 a.m., sponsored by Mike Kelly’s Outer Banks Catering Group and the famous yearly Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Running of the Leprechauns is a yearly community event that will start at Satterfield Park in Nags Head and the finish is next to International Tile beside Satterfield Park. Bib pick-up is on Friday from 3-7 p.m. at Swells’a Brewing on the Beach Road or on Saturday at 7 a.m. onsite at the race. Awards ceremony is set to occur at 9:30 a.m. at the finish line.

Beyond being a fun event that encourages people to walk or run, people should also just to come out and have some fun. There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female overall for both races, as well as prizes for best dressed, appropriately costumed male and female runner to be chosen by Mike Kelly. It’s a fun time for families to get into the Irish spirit and show their love for the wearing of the green.

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“Don’t forget the after-party! Stick around after the races for Mike Kelly’s famous Irish stew and even more famous sweet potato biscuits, paired with a trip around the beer garden for those 21+,” stated a press release from Outer Banks Sporting Events. “The Beer Garden opens at 9 am. There will be award medals for everyone who finishes the race.”

For information on registering for the Running of the Leprechauns 5K and 10K, go to

“We’ll see you all at the starting line!” invited OBSE.

Outer Banks Sporting Events was started in 2005 by Mike Kelly with the idea of providing the community with a new event that would bring the county together, be healthy, be a partnership for non-profits and businesses and bring visitors to the Outer Banks. Eighteen years later, OBSE’s mission is still to organize sporting events and competitions, promote healthy living lifestyles and provide financial resources for needed local non-profits, all while contributing to the economic health of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As an organization, the group is able to bring together several non-profit organizations to help promote a healthy Outer Banks lifestyle for all who live here. For more information, go to or call 252-599-6997.