Race makes St. Patty’s Day a family affair

LAYTON – When you think of family-friendly holidays, St. Patrick’s Day might not be first on the list.

But a local race group is hoping to change that by turning a 5K, 10K and 1-mile kids run into a St. Patty’s celebration that allows a family to celebrate in both new and traditional ways. TNT Running will hold it’s second-annual St. Patty’s March Run and Walk Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in Layton.

Much of what makes the race unique is its focus on family.

“We want to make fun and entertaining events for the whole family to come out and enjoy, rather than just have one runner and one person cheering them on as many other races do,” said race director Andrew Sturgell.

That means that spectators will be as much a part of the pre-and-post race celebrations as the runners and walkers. The activities include a pancake breakfast, with spectators eating before and during the race and runners enjoying their flapjacks post-exercise. In addition to the kid’s run (one mile), youngsters can partake in face-painting, a costume contest, leprechaun photo ops and a treasure hunt/obstacle course, just to name a few.

“All of these activities will be included for runners and spectators free of charge,” Sturgell said. “There will also be great prizes, awards, and a cool finish line with tons of ROOT beer.”

While runners usually receive medals after a run, St. Patty’s finishers will earn beer steins for their early morning efforts. Online sign up ends Thursday night (www.tntrunning.com), or participants can sign up between 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Oh, and whether you run, walk or watch, don’t forget to wear something green!

More information is available at TNTrunning.com.


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