Lunar New Year 5K/10K Run/Walk

Year of the Hare - 4721

In-Person Race Day: March 5th, 2023

Virtual Run: March 5th - March 26th, 2023

Now in its 45th year, the Chinatown YMCA CCHP Lunar New Year Run gives participants a rare opportunity to run through San Francisco Chinatown’s historic (and slightly hilly) streets, taking in the architecture, scents, and sounds of a bustling and vibrant community. For those who prefer to participate virtually, the event will again offer a virtual race to include our friends and partners from across the globe.

Proceeds from this event will support youth and teen programs, social services for low-income families, and financial assistance to make the Chinatown YMCA’s programs accessible to all. 

2023 is the Year of the Hare, known for its energy, resilience, and compassion. Like the Hare, the Chinatown YMCA community embodies these qualities by being a consistent leader and voice in San Francisco’s Asian American and Pacific Islander community during these challenging times and never giving up on the youth, families, and seniors who need us the most.  

Important Reminders

In-Person Runners: The option to receive your bib by mail ends Sunday, 2/19/2023 @ 11:59pm pst. T-shirts (and tech shirt if purchased) would still need to be picked up in person.

Virtual Runners: In order to receive your runner kits by the start of the virtual event (3/5/2023) registration must be submitted by Tuesday, 1/31/2023 @ 11:59pm pst. All others who register for the virtual event after February 1st will receive their runner kits after March 5th , but no later than May 2, 2023.

Registration

Packages:

Participants can opt to either run virtually and upload their unofficial results or run in person at the live event and get their official results. Whether you choose to stay virtual or join us at the start line there are two runner kit options:

Option 1 – Basic Package: Includes race registration, race t-shirt, finisher medal, and goodie bag.
Option 2 – Premium Package: Includes race registration, race t-shirt, long sleeve performance tech shirt, finisher medal, and goodie bag.

In-person 5K - Option 1: Basic Package

Includes run registration, run t-shirt, medal, and goodie bag.
Early Bird - $48.00
Regular - $55.00 

In-person 5K - Option 2: Premium Package

Includes run registration, run t-shirt, medal, long sleeve performance tech shirt, and goodie bag.
Early Bird - $70.00
Regular - $77.00 

In-person 10K - Option 1: Basic Package

Includes run registration, run t-shirt, medal, and goodie bag.
Early Bird - $48.00
Regular - $55.00

In-person 10K - Option 2: Premium Package

Includes run registration, run t-shirt, medal, long sleeve performance tech shirt, and goodie bag.
Early Bird - $70.00
Regular - $77.00

Virtual 5K/10K - Option 1: Basic Package

Includes virtual run registration, run t-shirt, medal, and virtual goodie bag. PLEASE NOTE: If you hope to receive your runner kit by the start of the virtual event (3/5/2023) registration must be done by Tuesday, 1/31/2023 @ 11:59pm pst.
Early Bird - $48.00
Regular - $55.00

Virtual 5K/10K - Option 2: Premium Package

Includes virtual run registration, run t-shirt, medal, long sleeve performance tech shirt, and virtual goodie bag. PLEASE NOTE: If you hope to receive your runner kit by the start of the virtual event (3/5/2023) registration must be done by Tuesday, 1/31/2023 @ 11:59pm pst
Early Bird - $70.00
Regular - $77.00

REGISTER

Race Day

In-Person: Sunday, March 5th, rain or shine, THE RACE IS ON! Start time is 8:00am and will go for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until 9:20am. Runners may start lining up at 7:15am.

Virtual: Participants in the virtual 5k/10k will have 3 weeks to complete and submit their results on the race roster site. The date range to submit results is March 5th – March 26th, 2023. Directions on how to submit results will be provided via email upon registration.

COURSE OVERVIEW AND SUGGESTED ROUTES

Course Overview:
Our in-person course is a 5K RUN/WALK or a 10K RUN (no 10K walkers) and starts at 8:00AM on Grant Avenue/Sacramento Street. It finishes at 9:20am on Kearny/Sacramento Street. The course has some short hills but is mostly flat. Mile markers along the way are on the right side of the course. The 5K is one time around the course and the 10K is two loops around the course. Please see the course map below.

Course Map:

No Bandits:
All participants on the course are to be registered for the in-person event and wearing the official bib#. BANDIT RUNNERS/WALKERS who have not registered and are not wearing bib#'s will be asked to leave the course by the course Marshals and will not be allowed in the finish line chutes.

Virtual Runners:
Suggested Routes 

OFFICIAL 5K COURSE MAP

GOLDEN GATE PARK 5K

LAKE MERCED 10K

Shirts, Medals, And Pins

Runner T-Shirt

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Long Sleeve Performance Tech Shirt

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Year of the Hare Participant Medals

Don't miss out on your chance to earn an EXCLUSIVE Chinatown YMCA 45th Annual CCHP Lunar New Year Run: Year of the Hare MEDAL!

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Year of the Hare Pins

Runners who are Year of the Tiger will receive a Tiger enamel pin.

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Bib & Shirt Pick-up

Virtual Runners: All virtual runners will receive their runner kits via USPS to the address listed at registration. Runners who wish to receive their kits on or before 3/5/2003 will need to register by Tuesday, 1/31/2023 @ 11:59pm pst. All others who register for the virtual event after February 1st will receive their runner kits after March 5th , but no later than May 5th. Package arrival is dependent on USPS so are subject to delays. We appreciate your patience and understanding if there are delays.

In-Person Runners: Before 1/31/2023, you can choose to have your bib mailed to by selecting that option at registration . Runner shirts, tech shirts, and pins will still need to be picked up in person at one of the bib pick up times listed below.

Bib and T-Shirt pick ups are scheduled at the Chinatown YMCA @ 855 Sacramento St during the following times:

  • Friday, March 3rd from 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, March 4th from 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Race day, Sunday, March 5th from 7:00am - 8:00am

Parking & Transportation

PARKING: Paid parking is available at Portsmouth Square Garage (Kearny St. @ Clay St.) and Sutter Stockton Garage (333 Sutter St. @ Stockton St.). Street Parking is available if you arrive early, but please do not park in designated "RACE COURSE/NO PARKING" areas, block garages, or park in private lots. Limited free metered parking is available Sundays.

TRANSPORTATION: For public transportation information, go to 511.org.

Post Race And Awards (In-person)

Race Results: In-person runners - We will be using Chipped timing! You will be able to get you times right away at here and we will email all participants the site where they can find their results as well. Virtual runners - please see the " Tracking Your Virtual Run & Submitting Results" section below for instructions on how to record/submit results.

Post Race: Join us at Portsmouth Square for post-event awards, refreshments, and fun for the family! We will have water and fruit available, goody bags, winner announcements, and presentation of the best dressed HARE! Visit booths from our sponsors and the Chinatown YMCA for more goodies.

Awards: Top finishers in each category (male and female for youth and adult) will receive special awards from our generous sponsors. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Dressed HARE! Also, keep an eye out for some fun social media challenges and opportunities to win prizes. If you haven’t already, make sure to LIKE or FOLLOW us on Facebook and Instagram

   

Tracking Your Run & Submitting Results (Virtual)

Virtual Runners Only

Below you’ll find detailed instructions and FAQs on how to track your participation and submit your results:

Step 1: You may complete your virtual run at the time and location of your choice between  March 5th - March 26th. You can choose to log your performance on a tracking app/device of your choice (i.e. Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRun, etc.) or just set a timer.
*Note: if you have the Run Keeper app, you can automatically sync your results to our results page. For instructions on how to set up RunKeeper, follow these instructions.

Step 2: You can submit your virtual result by clicking here. 
*If you need assistance submitting your results, please follow these instructions.

Step 3: Once there, you will be prompted to sign in to Race Roster or enter your name and confirmation number (which can be found on the original confirmation email you received after registering for the run).

Step 4: Select the event in which you participated from the drop-down menu and enter the time it took to complete your run. Optional: If you would like to upload a photo of your app/device summary report, you can do that.

Hit submit and you are all set!

Refund Policy

There are no refunds for this event. In-person race will go on rain or shine.

People 

Andy Chu
(415) 748-3545

Growing up in Chinatown, Andy sees the Y as providing a safe place for its youth. As our Executive Director, Andy oversees the operations at the Chinatown Y.