The Leprechaun Leap was started by Tracy Zimmerman, a Tustin Chamber Board Member, whom came up with the idea to help fundraise back in 2009. But before the race could begin, a lovable character was needed and so Terry O’ Tustin was born! The inaugural race of 2012 had over 700 participants and the race route had only went around the Hanger. The following year had an increase of over 900 participants including the infamous OC Sheriff’s Department and their march chants. In 2014, the gates were finally opened! Participants were allowed to run through the Hangar from end to end. At the end of 2016, the race had brought over 1,600 participants along with costumes, kids, dogs, and once great irish theme. The Hangar half has it roots grounded in the Leprechaun Leap which paved the way and is thankful everyday for what it has done.