Olympic Trials Marathon Challenge is Nothing Compared to Outrunning a Bear

Olympic Trials Marathon Challenge is Nothing Compared to Outrunning a Bear

Redondo Beach, CA – ‘Paredes Enters Village Runner Saint Patrick’s Day 5K’ Mar. 13, 2016

Olympic Trials marathon competitor Juan Paredes of East juan paredesLos Angeles has entered the 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K, taking place on March 13th in Redondo Beach. Although Paredes is a Southern California local born in Orange County, who started his running career at Santa Ana High School, this will be his first time running in Redondo Beach. This will also be his first race since running the Olympic Trials. This race benefits the American Cancer Society.

Paredes, who usually sticks to shorter distances, ran his first ever marathon at the Olympic Trials. “The Olympic Trials was the biggest race of my life,” said Paredes. “It was exciting to be on the starting line with Meb, Galen Rupp, and the nation’s best distance runners.”

The challenge of the marathon, however, was nothing compared to when he had to outrun a bear and its cub while at a training camp in Mammoth, California. Paredes was out on a run when he came across the bears, and quickly ran in the other direction as the bear seemed to pursue him. Thankfully, the bear didn’t chase him for long. “I think I ran a new record for about 30 seconds,” said Paredes of the incident.

Paredes has a very successful running background, with a personal best of 14:33 in the 5K and 30:01 in the 10K. He ran for the University of Santa Barbara, and ran his best in the 1500 meter race with a time of 3:45. With the St. Patrick’s Day 5K being his first race since the marathon, Paredes is looking forward to testing his strength. “I hope to run the Saint Patrick’s Day 5K in under 15 minutes,” said Paredes.

Rebecca Soni – Honorary Host

Olympic gold medalist and South Bay local Rebecca Soni of Redondo Beach has been named unnamedOfficial Co-Race Starter, along with Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K. Redondo Beach Councilman Jeff Ginsberg will be running the 5K and introducing Mayor Aspel at the event.

Soni, has won three Olympic gold medals and three Olympic silver medals during her swimming career. Along with being the honorary starter of the event, Soni will also be participating in the race. “Redondo Beach has provided me with a grown up playground for fitness and fun,” said Soni.

Post Race Party at Rock and Brews

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K has just added an exciting addition to this year’s event! There RNB FBwill be an official post-race party held at Rock & Brews, on PCH in Redondo Beach, just a short few blocks walk from the race finish line. Rock & Brews will have great happy hour drink prices and a special breakfast menu including a French toast special.

Fun Event Statistics

Entries are pouring in and 1,500 runners are anticipated to toe the line for the 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K, taking place in Redondo Beach on March 13th. Ages range from the youngest runner ever entered, one years old, for the Kid’s Dash race to many senior runners. These include 24 runners entered in the 5K who are 70 years old and over, with three of them being 80, 84, and 85. Runners from all over the country are participating this year, including runners from Colorado, Virginia, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Missouri.

Race Charities

The Saint Patrick’s Day 5K race honors the memory of Chase Stecyk, who grew up in Redondo Beach. Race participants are encouraged to American_Cancer_Society_Logo.svgwear green in honor of Chase’s favorite color and for his favorite holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. Chase was just eleven years old when he died of a tumor that paralyzed him from the waist down.  In memory of Chase, Director Mike Ward has renamed the Kid’s Race to ‘The Chase Stecyk Leprechaun Dash for Gold’. Proceeds from the race will go to charities supporting the memory of Chase Stecyk, in addition to helping out local high school cross country and track teams.

The Saint Patrick’s Day 5K charity beneficiary is the American Cancer Society.  Partnering through Relay for Life, a percent of the proceeds will support the charity’s cancer research and free patient programs. The American Cancer Society will put these donations to work, investing in groundbreaking research in every type of cancer and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers.

Additional Race Details

The 5K run/community walk and the Chase Stecyk Leprechaun Dash for Gold return to Redondo Beach on March 13th with the Race Expo starting at 6:30 am, the 5K at 8 am, and the kids races at 9:30 am in Riviera Village. All participating runners will receive a unique St. Patrick’s Day themed T-Shirt. The race also features chip-timing and age division awards. There will be cash prizes awarded to the top three male and female winners. The men’s overall winner and the women’s overall winner will get $200, second place, men and women, $125, and third place, men and women, $75.

Race Sponsors

We’re proud to welcome our new 2016 race sponsor for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K, 3 Leaf Realty! 3Leaf_Realty_logo_354_xl Rev 2Some of 3 Leaf Realty’s gorgeous properties are even along our beautiful course along the Esplanade with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Also, race supporters Healthy Spot pet stores and CenterCal will have a booth at the event.

Lucky 13!

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K has become a tradition across the entire South Bay Beach Communities. The turnout is expected to be bigger than ever for the event’s “lucky 13th” year. Activities include shamrock face painting, green and gold outfits, and a costume contest, making this one of the most exciting St. Patrick’s Day events outside of Ireland! There will also be a 2-day Health and Fitness Expo, where local vendors and music will pump up race goers.

All participating runners will receive a unique St. Patrick’s Day themed T-Shirt. The race also features chip-timing and age division awards. There will be cash prizes awarded to the top three male and female winners. The men’s overall winner and the women’s overall winner will get $200, second place, men and women, $125, and third place, men and women, $75. There will also be a team competition where the team with the top five fastest combined times will earn a special award. Race registration is $40 for adults and $30 for kids. Runners can register now at the Village Runner Website, www.villagerunner.com

South Bay: Upcoming Fun Runs

We have a bunch of great fun runs planned this month at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach in addition to our weekly fun runs!  Plus, with the Olympic Marathon Trials and the Los Angeles Marathon around the corner, it’s going to be a great month to get motivated to get up and move!  🙂  For a printable file, click here.

Fun Run calendar

St. Patrick’s Day 5K – Register today! Paint the Race Green & Gold!

Register today!  Paint the Race Green & Gold!

 

Redondo Beach, CA – ‘Village Runner Saint Patrick’s Day 5K’ Mar. 13, 2016

 

A long-time South Bay tradition, entries are now open for the 13th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day 5K Run and Community Walk on Sunday, March 13th in Redondo Beach. The 5K run/community walk and the Chase Stecyk Leprechaun Dash for Gold are returning to Redondo Beach with the Race Expo starting at 6:30 am, the 5K at 8 am, and the kids races at 9:30 am in Riviera Village. All participating runners will receive a unique St. Patrick’s Day themed T-Shirt. The race also features chip-timing and age division awards. There will be cash prizes awarded to the top three male and female winners. The men’s overall winner and the women’s overall winner will get $200, second place, men and women, $125, and third place, men and women, $75.

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K receives widespread participation across the entire South Bay Beach Communities. “We hope to exceed 2,000 runners taking the starting line this year,” stated Race Director, Mike Ward. Activities include shamrock face painting, green and gold outfits, and maybe even Leprechauns running in the race, making this one of the most exciting St. Patrick’s Day events outside of Ireland!

The race honors the memory of Chase Stecyk, who grew up in Redondo Beach. Race participants are encouraged to wear green in honor of Chase’s favorite color and for his favorite holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. Chase was just eleven years old when he died of a tumor that paralyzed him from the waist down.  In memory of Chase, Director Mike Ward has renamed the Kid’s Race to ‘The Chase Stecyk Leprechaun Dash for Gold’ and official Village Runner St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts will be colored green. Proceeds from the race will go to charities supporting the memory of Chase Stecyk, in addition to helping out local high school cross country and track teams.

There will be a 2-day Health and Fitness Expo, where local vendors and music will pump up race goers. There will also be a team competition where the team with the top five fastest combined times will earn a special award. Expect to find a sea of green as the Costume Contest keeps the energy going. Runners will show up in their wackiest (and greenest!) St. Patrick’s Day attire!

Mike Ward is the owner of Village Runner specialty running stores and is the race director for the 13th annual Saint Patrick’s Day 5K. A former outstanding distance runner, Ward brings a lifetime of running experience in designing events where the runner always comes first.

“Many runners set personal records in the 5K on this fast, flat, and picturesque course.” said Ward. So go green and come dressed in your best St. Patty’s Day outfit to enjoy the party!

 

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2014 St. Patrick’s Day Aerial Footage

I was beyond excited when our friend Mike offered to take some aerial footage of our annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Redondo Beach!  This video surpassed my expectations of just how beautiful our race is.  We are absolutely blessed to work, live, and race here!  Check out the views for yourself!

ROCK & BREWS OFFICIAL PARTY SITE FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY 5K

Rock & Brews today signed on to become the exclusive, “official” party site for the 11th annual Saint Patrick’s Day 5K, Sunday, March 16th, in Redondo Beach. Rock & Brews is located at the corner of PCH and Palos Verdes Blvd. just a short walk from the Saint Patrick’s Day race start and finish area.

“Rock & Brews is excited to be part of the St. Paddy’s Day 5K, which has such a great tradition in the Riviera Village. We are looking forward to being the Post-Race  Celebration spot for many years to come,” said Jon Mesko, Proprietor of Rock & Brews Redondo Beach. The Awards Ceremony following the race will be hosted by Rock & Brews. Rock & Brews will have specials all St. Paddy’s Day weekend for St. Paddy’s Day 5K runners bringing in their competitor bibs. Rock & Brews will open following the race with the post-race celebration going until noon. Raffle prizes will be offered every 30 minutes from 9 a.m.- noon. Breakfast will be available, as well as the normal menu at Rock &. Brews. Artisan Beers, great pizza, BBQ items, plus good music and food will be available. Rock & Brews Beer Garden has an outdoor patio surrounded by large video screens with rock videos playing, and large rock & roll posters displayed. Restaurant Owner/Operator Jon Mesko has partnered with El Segundo Rock & Brews founders Michael Zislis, Dave Furano, and KISS legend Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

Opening Night Crowd

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk and Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold expect over 2,500 runners to take the starting line in Riviera Village. A share of the proceeds will go to local schools after-school programs.

Participants often race in bright green, Saint Patrick’s Day themed outfits with shamrocks painted on their faces and bodies. They wear lucky beads, Leprechaun hats, and green party outfits. Prices to enter include an early entry fee of $30 by March 8, 2014, and $35 after March 8, 2014. For the Kid’s Dash, the entry fee is $25 by  3/8/14 and $30 after 3/8/14. All participants will receive a Saint Patrick’s Day Run T-shirt.  There will be chip timing, and age division awards

Pre-race Packet Pick-Up is on Saturday, March 15th, from Noon –7pm at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach. For more information or to register online visit www.villagerunner.com.

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St. Patrick’s Day 5K Video – 2014

Curious about the St. Patrick’s Day 5K race?  Check out this great video put together by Monarch TV!  Thanks to Positive Energy Physical Therapy in Redondo Beach for race clips from last year’s event.  This is a fast, flat course, and let’s not forget about the ocean views!  Sign up by Friday , February 13th before registration prices go up!  Don’t forget to wear your green!

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St. Paddy’s Day Comes Early to Redondo Beach With March 3rd, 5K Race


St. Paddy’s Day Comes Early to Redondo Beach With March 3rd, 5K Race
           
Saint Patrick’s Day will come early in Redondo Beach with the Saint Patrick’s 5K Race in Redondo Beach.  This 10th Anniversary of the race promises the best celebration yet of Saint Paddy’s Day with Hennessey’s Tavern, H.T. Grill, and Mickie Finnz coming aboard to host the official Saint Patrick’s Day 5K Race Party on March 3rd, and pre-event Celebration on March 2nd.
The Saint Paddy’s Day Kid’s Dash is dedicated this year in memory to Chase Stecyk, who passed away after succumbing to a tough battle with a rare spinal cord tumor. His family has been long-time supporters and participants in this event, so people are asked to come out to the race to support the family and friends of this amazing boy.
           
In addition to hosting the Saint Patrick’s Day post-event celebration, Hennessey’s, H.T. Grill, and Mickie Finnz in Riviera Village will host pre-event festivities all day during packet pickup for the race, and that evening.  Runners showing their competitor bib, or proof of entry into the Saint Patrick’s Day 5K will be offered a half priced appetizer at Hennessey’s, Mickie Finnz or H.T. Grill, on March 2nd and 3rd.  There will be the usual great food and drink specials normally offered at these restaurants.  Hennessey’s will also be out at the race with a booth selling Green Saint Patrick’s Day T-shirts and apparel, along with providing the kids dash competitors with beads, stickers and bouncing balls.  Every kids dash finisher will get a ticket for a FREE SHAMROCK LEMONADE at Hennessey’s, Mickie Finnz, or H.T. Grill.
          
The LA Marathon has just selected the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk and ‘Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold, as an official warm-up race. The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race, hosted by Village Runner, takes place March 3, 2013, in Redondo Beach, CA.
        
The race qualified as an official LA Marathon warm-up event due to its long history and reputation as a high quality event. “It’s a fun, tune-up sprint for the long distance runners competing in the LA Marathon,” said Mike Ward, race director for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K.       
          
The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk anticipates over 2,500 runners taking the starting line. The race is a community celebration, with participants often choosing to run or walk in full St. Paddy’s Day outfits completely decked out in shamrocks, lucky beads, and green attire.   For the first time the race will feature a costume contest with gift certificates awarded in the costume contest to the winning individual costume and the winning team. Teams entries require five or more runners.   After the race, runners’ friends and their families can continue the St. Paddy’s race celebration at Hennessey’s, Mickie Finnz or H.T. Grill in the heart of Riviera Village.
           
Entries are now open for the St. Paddy’s 5K Race! Prices are $35 for the 5K and $30 for the Kid’s Dash. Same-Day Registration for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Community Walk starts at 6:30 a.m., the Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. and the Kid’s Dashes start at 9:30 a.m.  Pre-race packet pick-up is Saturday, March 2 from Noon – 7 p.m. at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach.  For more information and to register online, please visit www.villagerunner.com.
Currently the oldest race registrant is Dick Windishar at 82, and the two youngest registrants are each five years old, so this is truly a cross generational event.  Portions of the proceeds from the race go towards the Redondo Beach Firefighter’s Community Relief Fund and to Running Programs at local Redondo Beach schools. Hosting the event is Mike Ward, the owner of Village Runner.


Media Contact: Don Franken (office)(310) 342-0260/(cell) (310) 962-3297 don@frankenenterprises.com

 

  

St. Paddy’s Day Race Becomes An Official Warm-up Race for the ASICS LA Marathon

 St. Paddy’s Day Race Becomes An Official Warm-up Race for the ASICS LA Marathon

                The ASICS LA Marathon has just selected the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk and ‘Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold, as an official warm-up race. The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race, hosted by Village Runner, takes place March 3rd,  2013,  in Redondo Beach, CA.

                The race qualified as an official ASICS LA Marathon warm-up event due to its long history and reputation as a high quality event. “It’s a fun, tune-up sprint for the long distance runners competing in the ASICS LA Marathon,” said Mike Ward, race director for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K.

                The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk anticipates over 2,500 runners taking the starting line. The race is a community celebration, with participants often choosing to run or walk in full St. Paddy’s Day outfits completely decked out in shamrocks, lucky beads, and green attire.   For the first time the race will feature a costume contest with gift certificates awarded in the costume contest to the winning individual costume and the winning team. Teams entries require five or more runners.   After the race, runners’ friends and their families can continue the St. Paddy’s race celebration at restaurants, bars, and shops in Riviera Village.

                Entries are now open for the St. Paddy’s 5K Race! Prices are $30 for the 5K and $25 for the Kid’s Dash, with prices going up $5 for registration after 2/22/13. Same-Day Registration for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Community Walk starts at 6:30 a.m., the Walk begins at 8 a.m. and the Kid’s Dash starts at 9:30 a.m.  Pre-race packet pick-up is Saturday, March 2 from Noon – 7 p.m. at the Village Runner in Redondo Beach.  For more information and to register online, please visit www.villagerunner.com.

                Portions of the proceeds from the race go towards the Redondo Beach Firefighter’s Community Relief Fund and to Running Programs at local Redondo Beach schools. Hosting the event is Mike Ward, the owner of Village Runner.
Media Contact: 
Don Franken 
(office)(310) 342-0260
(cell) (310) 962-3297 
don@frankenenterprises.com

South Bay Race Calendar

February Races

February 23rd: Manhattan Beach – American Martyrs 5K
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March Races
March 3rd: Redondo Beach – Village Runner St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash 
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March 2nd: Hermosa / Manhattan Beach – GI Joe’s Pier to Pier Run
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March 23rd: El Segundo – 22nd Annual Run for Education 5K / 10K
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January Races
January 12th: Catalina Island – Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run

January 13th: Venice / Dockweiler State BeachLos Angeles 13.1 Marathon and 5K
Half Marathon starts in Venice and the 5K starts at Dockweiler State Beach

February Races

February 3rd: Redondo Beach – 35th Annual Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K Run/Walk
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February 23rd: Manhattan Beach – American Martyrs 5K – details coming soon

March Races
March 2nd: Hermosa / Manhattan Beach – GI Joe’s Pier to Pier Run
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March 3rd: Redondo Beach – St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash 
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Volunteer Here   – Can’t run?  Care to lend a helping hand? 

March 23rd: El Segundo – 22nd Annual Run for Education 5K / 10K
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