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St. Patrick’s Day run set for March 18

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Feb. 22, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – It may be the day after St. Patrick’s Day, but plenty of runners will be wearing green in Charlottetown on Saturday, March 18.
The annual St. Patrick’s 5K and 10K Run will once again take place in Prince Edward Island, and race director Mike Connolly is expecting another good crowd of revelers and runners.
The event is being hosted by Cycling PEI, which Connolly oversees as multi sport executive director.
“I was a runner for a long time, and it was always nice because there was nothing really in March,” he explained. “This was an existing run, and it was always nice to get out and actually do a competition at this time of year. Then we kind of built it around St. Patrick’s Day, where we have prizes for the best costumes and stuff, so people do dress up.”

Participants in last year's St. Patrick's Day Run in Charlottetown.

Photo by Janet Bain

This will be the fourth or fifth year that the race has been looked after by Connolly, who picked it up after it had run for several years and then been absent for a year. During his tenure, it has been held in support of other sports he is involved in, such as triathlon, cycling or kids’ sports.
The course is a 5K loop within the city of Charlottetown, covering many of the green spaces near the University of Prince Edward Island, such as Marysfield Park, Skyview Park and Central Field. The 10K runners complete the loop a second time.
“I usually don’t like to do it that way, but it’s the only way to do it in town safely,” said Connolly. “It’s right in the city so you really can’t get a safe 10K, so this is a pretty safe loop.”
While the course is mainly flat, he said it can be deceiving to runners because it does have some long, gradual uphills that can take a toll. Connolly described it as intermediate.
Like many running events at that time of year, the turnout will be largely dependent on the weather. He has had numbers as low as 40, when a snowstorm struck, and as high as 101, when they partnered with The Running Room. This year he is expecting anywhere from 50-70.
For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day Run, visit the Facebook page here .