We started it 23 years ago as a 5K in City Park, then brought in McCormicks Fish House and Bar as a sponsor the next year and made it a lucky 7K, McGrath says. This year weve changed the course up a bit to accommodate even more runners, and I can tell you from the names on the early registration forms that its not just the Irish community running. Its everybody!
The Runnin of the Green was started as an alternative to the St. Patricks Day parade, he adds. Its fun, family-oriented, and participatory. Well have Irish bagpipers to start the race, Irish stepdancers along the route, and performances by The Potcheen Band and the Colorado Youth Pipe Band at the after-party, with corned beef and bagels from Shamrock Foods and Killians beer from Coors.
The race starts at 10:15 a.m. in front of McCormicks, 1659 Wazee Street, followed by a two-mile Leprechaun Leap walk/race option at 10:30. Register online at www.ROTG.org or in person at any Runners Roost to avoid the rush and save $10; race-day registration is $40 and opens at 7:30 a.m.
Sun., March 13, 10:15 a.m., 2011