Join Us This Year For The Celtic Canter 5K On March 9, 2024!

The Celtic Canter takes place in historic downtown Westminster, MD on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 9AM! The course starts and finishes at the Irish Festival on Main Street in Downtown Westminster. Registration includes a long-sleeve t-shirt or upgrade to a hooded sweatshirt for an additional $20, post-race beverage (beer for 21+ or a bottled water) & refreshments, and an awards ceremony. The Irish Festival is held from 8AM-Noon. Enjoy live music, vendors, and activities for children. Then hop on the trolley for our fabulously fun pub crawl from Noon-4 PM. Trolley transportation is FREE. Trolley runs from Noon-5PM.

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Athletes may pick up their race packets at the Recreation and Parks Department, 11 Longwell Avenue, Westminster, MD, on Thursday (3/7) and Friday (3/8) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Register ONLINE or IN-PERSON at the Westminster Family Fitness Center - 11 Longwell Avenue for $35. Registration increases on March 1 at 12:01 a.m. to $39 per runner. You will also be able to register at Race Headquarters on 3/9 from 7:30 AM-Race Start for $39.



Male and Female/1st & 2nd place in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-79 and 80 & over. First Overall (Male & Female) & Masters 40+(Male & Female)

Team Awards: Sign up with others and create teams to win prizes. (Team Prize requirement is a minimum of 4). Prizes awarded for the fastest team, best dressed team, oldest team and youngest team.


Gallagher & Kuhn Dental Group and O'Lordan's Irish Pub founded the Celtic Canter in 2011, in coordination with the City of Westminster. This event continues to grow, celebrating Irish heritage and benefiting local charities.


Run, Stay & Choose How You Play!

We have partnered with the Best Western in Westminster to bring you a discounted room rate. Must reserve through the link below! 

Plus, with each room reserved you will receive a welcome basket and your choice of 2 tickets to the Whiskey 101 & Tasting or 2 tickets to the Teelin Irish Dance Companies performance at the Carroll Arts Center.

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Kids' Fun Run

Don't forget to register your kids (12 & under) for the Leprechaun Chase, a 1-Mile Fun Run, held at 10:15 a.m. following the Celtic Canter 5K. All children will receive a race number and a participation medal. Be sure to check out the Kids' Kingdom after the race for Irish games, crafts, and entertainment!

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Fun Run/Walk

Calling all budding athletes and/or couch potatoes! Join us for a morning of glory, celebration, and participation medals to raise money for a great organization: Crossroads Missions. Doing great things for local people.

Basic Registration ($20):
All finishers will receive a pretentious oval Euro-style 0.5K magnet that you can attach to the back of your car to show everyone how athletic you are. Longsleeve T-shirt of course. Participation medals (everyone gets recognized for their achievements at this event, because we are all about positivity and self-worth). Coffee and donut station at the halfway point for carb-loading and energy.
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VIP Registration Package ($25 per person):
Feeling Like a VIP? For an extra $5.00, you get all the great stuff in the basic package PLUS…
More cool stuff in your swag bag… because you’re the VIP! And you don’t even have to run if you don’t want! Why? Because you’re the VIP! Plus, the extra money goes to Crossroads Missions (who does great things for local people).

Running Late Package: Basic Registration $25 per person after 12:01AM on 3/1.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please send us an e-mail at WestminsterRec@westminstermd.gov for sponsorship opportunities.

We are looking for sponsors for the 2024 Celtic Canter.  
Platinum - $1,500
Silver - $500
Trolley - $250