(March 15, 2018) Over 1,200 runners have already pre-registered online for the ninth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K on the Boardwalk, which is set for Saturday at 9 a.m.

Sponsored by OC Tri-Running, the race is a precursor to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, scheduled to begin at noon along Coastal Highway from 60th to 44th streets.

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More than 1,200 endorphin lovers participated in OC Tri-Running’s eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K, which was held in front of Shenanigans Irish Pub on Fourth Street and the Boardwalk last year.

Runners will begin the festive race in front of Shenanigan’s before heading south on the Boardwalk to the inlet, around the pier and under the tram station. Then they will head north to 16th Street before racing south to the Fourth Street finish line.

“Everybody usually dresses up in green, and that’s what we like about (it). It’s a sea of green going down the Boardwalk,” OC Tri-Running President Chris Klebe said. “You don’t have to be a runner. It’s more about the fun and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day together. We just hope to have a safe, fun run this weekend and pray for good weather.”

Additional runners can sign up during packet pickup tonight, Friday, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Shenanigans Irish Pub on Fourth Street and the Boardwalk. The entry fee is $40.

Pre-registered runners can pick up their race packets today, from 5:30-8 p.m., or Saturday morning from 7:30-8:40 a.m. at Shenanigan’s. There will be no signups on race day.

This year’s event will be timed by Chip style computer timing. Runners will receive a running chip during check-in at packet pick up and will be instructed on how to attach it to their shoe lace. These chips must be returned on race day immediately after race completion. There will be a $25.00 charge for anyone who does not return a chip, with no exceptions.

The first and second-fastest male and female will receive awards during a postrace ceremony scheduled for approximately 10 a.m., along with the top three finishers in seven male and female age groups ranging from 15-under to 60-over.

Race fees include a tech-style long sleeve shirt, a finishers medal and one Guinness drink ticket that can be redeemed at Shenanigan’s after the event. Last year, 1,245 people participated on race day.

“That was one of the biggest [events] we had last year,” Klebe said.

At Shenanigan’s, there will be an after-race party with live music, refreshments and lunch specials.

“It’s a good way to start the day for the parade,” Klebe said. “The last runner/walker [should] be finished by 10:15 which is plenty of time to get their gear, have some drinks and food, head off to the parade and then come back to Shenanigans for some specials.”

For more information, visit octrirunning.com.

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