(March 14, 2014) Those up early this Saturday will see a sea of green as more than 1,000 runners make their way down the Boardwalk in the fourth annual St. Patty’s Day 5K.
The event sponsored by OC Tri-Running is a fun precursor to the parade at noon, the company’s President Chris Klebe said, and this is the biggest race yet.
“It’s a fun thing to go along with the parade the same day,” he said. “A lot of people dress up. It’s a great time.”
With more than 1,000 runners from 16 states pre-registered already, online registration for the Boardwalk run is closed. However, the first 50 to visit the OC Tri-Running tent on the Boardwalk at Fourth Street today, Friday, from 5:30-8 p.m. can still sign up for $38.
There will be no registration Saturday morning, Klebe said. Those already registered may pick their packets Friday or Saturday morning in front of Shenanigans from 7:15-8:30 a.m.
The race starts at 9 a.m., giving runners plenty of time to make the loop from in front of Shenanigan’s on the Boardwalk south to the Inlet, around the pier and rides, north to 14th Street and back to the Fourth Street starting line.
The fastest male and female, as well as the fastest runners in each age group, receive trophies. Everyone will take home a Kelly green T-shirt, though Klebe warned that with such a large group, everyone might not find the right size.
The largest St. Patty’s Day 5K to date was in 2012, when around 850 made the Boardwalk loop. Last year, 800 signed up, but only 700 ran due to bad weather.
Proceeds from the race benefit local charities and it raised $1,850 for Diakonia last year, Klebe said. The 5K has pulled around $4,000 for the emergency shelter and food pantry since it began, he said.
There will be an after-race party with bag pipes and a DJ spinning Irish tunes at Shenanigans before the St. Patrick’s Day parade starts at noon on 61st Street.
“Run and then go have some fun,” Klebe said. Find him at the Boardwalk today, Friday, from 5:30-8 p.m. in front of Shenanigans on Fourth Street and the Boardwalk to register for Saturday’s race.