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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