Emerald Isle Mile


About This Event

The one-mile, chip-timed runs down Western Avenue at 11:30 am, a half hour before the South Side Irish Parade begins.

Registration is $25. Online registration is open through March 14. You may also register on race day between 10 and 11 am IF our cap of 500 runners has not yet been reached. 

The Emerald Isle Run is a fun event, but it’s also a fundraiser to support the South Side Irish Parade. A portion of the proceeds are donated to offset parade costs. For more details about the parade, visit the South Side Irish Parade website.


The race starts and finishes at 104th and Western Avenue.

Event Schedule

  • March 14 11:59 pm – Online Registration Closes
  • March 15 – Packet Pickup 12:00–7:00 pm Running Excels

  • March 16 10:00 am – Packet Pickup 10:00 am–5:00 pm Running Excels

  • March 17 11:30 am – Race Starts Promptly


The top female and male participants receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Running Excels. And the top male and female finisher in each age category earn a $25.00 gift certificate.(Age groups include 9 & under; 10-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; and 80 & above.) Also, the runner who breaks the course record of 4:32 will receive $50.00!

Results are posted online at Running Excels. If you are a winner, you may contact Running Excels to receive your prize.

This Year’s Sponsors

A special thanks to all of our 2019 Emerald Isle Mile Sponsors:

Shamrock Level

sports ortho

Irish Eyes are Smiling Level

beverly bankmarathon sportswear
southtown foods

Leprechaun Level

county fair
Original Pancake House
TreadfitGarden Services


Because of spectators arriving for the race and parade, parking throughout the surrounding neighborhood will be limited. Please consider carpooling, taking public transportation, bicycling or walking.

Post-Race Party

After the race, runners will receive festive beads. No award ceremony. Stay and enjoy the parade.

Runner Swag

All pre-registered runners will receive festive beads at the end of the race. 


For safety reasons, strollers, bikes, skates and pets are NOT permitted on the course. You must be able to complete the mile within the allotted 15 minutes. If you are unable to complete it, you will be escorted off the course.



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