The second annual St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon and 5 k is expected to attract 8,000-10,000 people

Sunday, March 16, 2014
8 am -5 pm
Downtown El Cajon (corner of Main & Magnolia)

Here’s what to expect:

Fast & Flat Half Marathon
Competition runners will love the US Track & Field certified course that’s unusually fast and flat. Chip timing and course timers will help keep runners motivated and on track. They will also be spurred on by the live entertainment on stages throughout the course, and refreshed by frequent water and bathroom stations.

Cash prizes for top competitors are also generous. It’s a half marathon you would expect from 30-year race director Kathy Loper.

In the end, competitive runners will also love the world-class professionalism behind the performance T-shirts, eco-friendly medals and generous BeerFest that demark the best half marathons in the world. Online registration ends March 16, so sign up now!

Main Street 5k
While 5ks are beloved by casual runners and community walkers, the Main Street 5k is also a fast and flat short-distance course for competitive runners – some of whom will finish in just 15 minutes!

The Green Mile
This short course allows children and adults with special needs to ‘compete’ to cross the big finish line and win a medal!

Tribes & Clans Crossfit-Style Competition
Despite the popularity of Reebok’s Crossfit workouts, the Tribes & Clans Competition is one of the rare Crossfit competitions in San Diego County. The challenge workouts were created by Paul Flores, owner of Yelp’s top-rated Crossfit gym in San Diego County.

Yet there is a twist to the workouts: The Tribes & Clans Crossfit-Style Competition was inspired by the historical parallels between the Irish and San Diego’s local Kumeyaay-Diegueno Indian Tribes, documented by the Barona Cultural Heritage Museum. Find out how this competition brings ancient survival challenges for modern warriors.

St. Patrick’s Day Wine & BeerFest
Forget the athletic events and just run to the tap to enjoy some of the finest craft brews and local wines! Stone Brewery will launch its first festival showing of the new Stone To Go IPA, alongside ChuckAlek, Manzanita, Ninkasi and Ballast Point. With vineyard slowly regaining their historic positions on the hillsides of East County, local wine samplings will come from Maness Winery, Casi Cielo Farm, Vineyard Grant James, San Pasqual Winery, Gloriosa Vineyards and local resident Erick Lundy.

Tickets to the BeerFest are available online for purchase and free to all athletic competitors.

Finish Line Festival
Kids of all ages will enjoys live entertainment by Irish bands as well as local favorites. More than 30 vendors will sell their wares alongside food trucks, bounce houses and much more. The festival is open to the public as well as competitors and closes at 5 pm.

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