St. Patrick's Day Fun Run 

Saturday, March 15

It sounds like the start of a bad joke: A priest, a rabbi and a minister take off running... but it could really happen at the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Fun Run sponsored by the YMCA.

Categories include a one-mile Kilted Run, a kid's one-mile run/walk, a five-mile run and a 5K. Start times will be staggered, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K and five-mile runs will offer chip timing.

Race courses will follow the Greenbelt, so even if you've spent more time lifting pints instead of weights, there's still a good chance you'll reach your personal pot of gold--the finish line.

Of course, no St. Paddy's Day celebration would be complete without loads of green, so runners are encouraged to get in touch with their inner leprechaun. A quick search online turned up a wealth of ideas: green glitter canes, top hats, tutus, munchkin slippers and the cumbersome life-size rainbow. For the lady who can't possibly run without her handbag, try the beer stein purse. Bah-humbug runners should consider wearing T-shirts with sayings like, "Pinch me and you die!" The five best-dressed participants will win all kinds of bragging rights.

If green Guinness is more your thing, consider volunteering, since the Y is always happy for the help, both on and off the course.

Stick around for the post-race awards ceremony and the luck of the Irish will be yours in the form of free snacks provided by Treasure Valley Dieticians. Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA Team Idaho Track and Cross Country Club, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of runners.

Registration is accepted until 9 a.m. on race day.

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