2017-02-23 / Island News

Registration underway for St. Patrick’s Day 5k

15,000 runners from across the country and the pond are expected to participate in the 40th annual McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K Prediction Run in Pensacola on March 11. The race is the largest prediction run in the country, with thousands of participants, dressed in green, raising green for charities.

The run was designed four decades ago as a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and also raise money for charity. This year the run benefits the Marines Semper Fi Fund, the Pensacola Police Department, the Boy Scouts of America Troop 104, and other local charities.

The race starts and ends at McGuire’s Irish Pub, a nationally known restaurant famous for its ceiling of cash: over $1 million and counting of signed dollar bills hang from the pub’s rafters.

The 5k Certified Course (3.1 miles) starts and finishes at Mc- Guire’s Irish Pub in downtown Pensacola.

Participants must be able to run or walk 3.1 miles in under one hour. The course will open to traffic at 10:00 a.m. Stragglers will be picked up by Mc- Guire’s bus.

And, many runners who attend won’t leave empty-handed. McGuire’s hands out more than 100 trophies and awards in the following categories:

* Prediction awards: The first 5 male or females in each age group who finish closest to their actual predicted times. Age groups are: Male and Female ages 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40- 44, 45-49, 50-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+

* Best Costume Awards: Individual, Team and Sharpest Military Formation

* Speed Awards: Even though the McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Run is THE NATION’S LARGEST PREDICTION RUN, we also award speed awards. Open (39 & under): First 10 males and first 10 females; Masters (40 to 49): First five males and first five females; Grandmasters (50 to 59): First five males and first 5 females; Great Grandmasters (60+): First five males and first five females.

* Team Speed Awards: Trophies will be awarded to the first three teams in each division: Male, Female and Military (active duty, reserve or ROTC.) A team is at least five but no more than seven runners. The first five finishers will score for the team. Teams must submit their registrations together and with the team name and category on the application. No team registration or changes will be accepted on Race Day.

Online registration is $30 and is open until Wed., March 8, at midnight. Sign up to receive email or text alerts regarding race details and your race results. Race day registration is $35 and ends Saturday at 8 a.m.

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