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

                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.
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