Join us for the 12th annual RANGER RUN 5K at the Great American Irish Festival! Come for the race…and stay for the music! Join us this year at a new time: 8:30 a.m. on SUNDAY, July 28th at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds. You’ll actually be running 3.115 miles (instead of the 3.1 mile 5K that you’re used to!). Wait, what!? You want me to run further than an actual 5K?! YES! That is because this race is dedicated to Trooper Tim Sullivan who passed away in 2007 while out on a run. Tim’s shield number was 3115, and this race length honors him with an extra 0.015 miles.
You’ll be joined by hundreds of runners, many of whom are donning their best Irish running gear (green wigs count as running gear, right?!) and competing for the coveted “Best Irish Outfit” prize. You can expect the return of your favorite elements of the Ranger Run: Bagpipes to send you on your way at the start, heartbreak hill to bring you to the finish, and of course…FREE ENTRY TO THE FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY WHEN YOU SHOW YOUR BIB AT THE GATE!
KIDS: Join us for the 2nd Annual “Ranger Kids 1/2 Mile Run”! This un-timed race will go off at 8:00 am and is FREE for all children under 12. This race is un-timed and t-shirts are not included with registration (but may be purchased for $10).
2018 Course Changes:
We will start just inside the Main Gate of the Festival Grounds.
After the Marina, you will run straight back to West Main on Railroad street, then go Left on West Main.
At the monument, you will bear Left and head straight up the hill (not right and left onto Grandview)
The finish line is inside the Festival Grounds, just through the Back Gate. You will see the arch as you approach the finish.
Out of the Fairgrounds, cross over Cemetery Street onto Mary Street. Left onto Business Park Drive/Benson Place and around the Frankfort Business Park down Mary Street. Take a right onto West Main Street, Left onto Railroad Street, and another Left onto Fox Street around the Marina. Right back onto Railroad Street and Left back onto West Main Street. Right on South Frankfort Street. Right on 4th Avenue. Right onto South Litchfield Street. At the monument, take a left up the hill and onto Swimming Road which turns into Everett Street through the park and into the Fairgrounds. The Finish Line is inside the back gate.
Advanced Online Registration (Recommended):
Cost = $25 – Includes:
Beverage Token to be used at the Festival
Admission to the Festival on Sunday (Your bib is your ticket!)
Custom Race T-Shirt (Register by July 14th to guarantee your t-shirt size!)
Saturday, 7/27 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. - Outside the Main Gate @ The Fairgrounds
Cost = $25
Sunday, 7/28 7:30-8:00 a.m. Race Day – Outside the Main Gate @ The Fairgrounds
Cost = $30
Saturday, 7/27 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Outside the Main Gate @ The Fairgrounds
Sunday, 7/28 7:30-8:00 a.m. – Outside the Main Gate @ The Fairgrounds
Awards will be given to the overall top male and female runners
Awards will also be given to the top male and female in each age category
Two awards will be presented to the runners with the best Irish Outfits!!!
Free parking and post-race shower facilities are available at the fairgrounds
Breakfast is available for purchase from festival vendors