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St. Patrick's Day Race named Best 5K in Colorado!

"Colorado Runner" magazine has listed the "5K on St. Patrick's Day Race" as Colorado's Best 5K race for 2011.  There were 2,337 runners in the 5K in 2011 and race organizer John O’Donnell hopes to have 3,000 in 2012 since the race takes actually place on St. Patrick’s Day next year.

In addition to the 5K Run, the Kids Leprechaun Fun Run is a fundraiser for the Uncle Wilber fountain in Acacia Park.  With over 250 kids participating last year, $1,500 was donated to the fountain.  Being the success that it was, this will continue to happen each year.

This isn’t the first time the race has received national and statewide attention in “Colorado Runner” and the nationally circulated “Runners World.”  See below for excerpts highlighting this great Colorado Springs race.  

Colorado Runner Magazine (Nov. 2011)
Colorado’s Races of the Year
Best 5K: 5K on St. Patrick’s Day

“The 5K on St. Patrick’s Day kicks off the start of the running season for runners in Colorado Springs. More than 1,000 runners and walkers toe the line on Tejon Street. With a 2g year tradition, the race is one of the oldest in the area. After the race, a parade is held.”
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Runner’s World Magazine (March 2011)
Race of the Month
5-K on St. Patrick’s Day

“THE FIRST THING to know about racing in Colorado Springs on St. Patrick's Day is that the altitude feet above sea level) means you may not set a PR. You’ll learn about the next thing - the city's striking natural beauty - as it takes away any breath you have left. The action begins in Acacia Park at 10 a.m., when the field of 2,000 heads south on Tejon Street and past the historic Pioneers Museum. Runners turn west on Costilla Street before mile one and run into sight of 14,1I0-foot-tall Pikes Peak and its famous pink granite. Runners swing north to a turnaround at Colorado College before returning to Acacia Park. The course is flat and well-populated with well-wishers: The 5-K is the first event of a St. Patrick's Day celebration that includes a kids' fun run, a parade with marching bands, 35,000 spectators, and lots of green clothing.
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Colorado Runner Magazine
St. Patrick's Day Run Attracts 2,000

“A field of more than 2,000 runners lined up in downtown Colorado Springs for the 5k on Saint Patrick’s Day.  With a flat, wasy course, the race is one of the fastest and oldest 5K’s in the city.  On March 12, runners reaced out and back on Tejon  Street, starting and ending in Acacia Park.  There are always hundreds of spectators to cheer on the runners because the 28th annual parade follows the race at noon.

Justin Chaston sprinted to win the 5k in 15:06 to edge out Augustus Maiuo.  Fourteen-year-old Aubrey till was first female in 18:28.  Kids participated in the Leprechaun Fun Run, which is a fund-raiser for the Uncle Wilber Fountain in Acacia Park.”
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