Sunday, March 23, 2014

The results are in for IRISH RUN Saint Paul

A cool but sunny day greeted runners and walkers for the 42nd edition of IRISH RUN Saint Paul. Complete results are now posted.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sneak Preview of the IRISH RUN Saint Paul Shirt

Here's a sneak peak of the IRISH RUN Saint Paul wicking shirt. It is silver/grey and available in men's, women's and youth sizes.

Add one to your wardrobe by registering today!

Already have all the shirts you need? You may opt out, and save $5 off your entry fee.

IRISH RUN Saint Paul

Saint Paul Mom's On the Run Bring Team to IRISH RUN Saint Paul

Katie Keenan is the organizer of the Saint Paul Mom's On the Run group. This year she's bringing a team to IRISH RUN Saint Paul. The Sporting Life caught up with her recently to find out more about her group.

TSL How did you first become involved in Mom’s on the Run? 
KK After I had my third daughter, I was looking for a way to use my skills as a runner and teacher.  I googled "running groups for women" and came across Moms on the Run.  There was no group in Saint Paul at the time.  They opened a group at Como and I coached for a year.  I loved it so much, that I decided to purchase the Como franchise and open another one in Highland Park.  It has been a lot of fun!

TSL When did you become the Saint Paul Mom’s on the Run coordinator?  
KK This will be my third year as head coach and my second year as the franchise owner of both Como and Highland.

TSL How many people are in your group? 
KK I had 60 women between the two groups last year and am continuing to grow.

TSL When and where do you meet? 
KK We will meet on Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 6:30 -7:30 PM at Lake Como and on Wednesday's from 6:30-7:30 PM and Sunday's from 4:00-5:00 PM along the river in Highland Park (across from the FORD plant).  I also offer a distance training night on Thursday's at 6:30 PM (location varies depending on the length of the run)

TSL What do you do? 
KK We are an interval training program for all levels....from non-runners to experienced runners.  I have coaches for all levels. We focus on injury prevention, accountability and FUN!  There is a strength training component at all interval classes and we stretch as a group.  There are opportunities for races, as well as social events throughout the year!

TSL Who can join? 
KK Any woman.  We have women in their 20's as well as women in their 60's.  You do not have to be a mom, but children are welcome in a jogging stroller.  Older children can ride their bikes or scooters as well!

TSL How do people join? 

Packet pickup for IRISH RUN Saint Paul: Saturday or Race Day

You've already registered, and now you want to pick up your packet. We're offering convenient early packet pickup to save you time on race day.

Early pickup is on Saturday, March 22 at O'Gara's Bar and Grill, Selby and Snelling in St Paul from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. You will receive your bib number and optional wicking T-shirt. Please print out your registration confirmation to aid in packet pickup. You may pick up packets for other people as long as they have given you permission.

Race Day packet pickup is on Sunday, March 23 at Ramsey Middle School, 1700 Summit Ave in St Paul, beginning at 10:30 AM. You will receive your bib number and optional wicking T-shirt.

Your finisher bonus, a special Sports Pack, will be given to you at the finish line.

Need to register for IRISH RUN Saint Paul? There is still time...

St Patrick's Day has come and gone, but you have a chance to extend the celebration with IRISH RUN Saint Paul. The run/walk event is on Sunday, March 23, and registration is still open.

Choose from the 8K run, 5K run/walk or youth run. Your entry fee includes a wicking short sleeve T-shirt, or you may opt to go without and save $5. Start or join a team and save $5 off the individual entry fee. Finishers will receive a black and green Sport Pack. All registrants may use their bib number to receive special prices on drinks and appetizers at the post race party at O'Gara's Bar and Grill. You will also receive a Virtual Race Bag with special deals on race entries, running supplies and other offers.

There are three ways to register:

  1. Click here to register online. Online registration is open through 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 21.
  2. Register in person on Saturday, March 22 between 10:30 AM-3:30 PM at O'Gara's Bar and Grill, Selby and Snelling in St Paul. Cash or check only (an ATM is available at O'Gara's).
  3. Register race day at the gymnasium at Ramsey Middle School, 1700 Summit Ave in St Paul. Race day registration opens at 10:30 AM. There is a $5 surcharge for waiting until race day. Cash or check only. 

A Limerick to get you through a snowy morning...

Winter is trying to linger,
  giving us a big middle finger.
The solution? Let's run
  or walk and have fun
and pull ourselves
 out of the wringer!

IRISH RUN Saint Paul, Sunday, March 23, Summit Ave, St Paul,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

IRISH RUN Saint Paul: Change to Your Finisher Gift

We were all excited to be offering Recovery Jackets as a special bonus to IRISH RUN Saint Paul race finishers. With March being March, we were certain they would come in handy. Ahh... the best laid plans! Last week we found out that our jackets were delayed in production, and would not be available until the week after the race. Ugh. That was a little too post-race for us!

While we love the jacket concept (the prototype we received was a hit), we needed to come up with something just as good. Quickly.

We think we've done it. We are pleased to offer a Sports Pack for finishers, with a special diagonal zipper pouch. Now you'll have the perfect race day bag to carry what you need, with your important stuff zipped away, safely and securely. Here is the description from the manufacturer:

Non-Woven Two-Tone 
Hit Sports Pack 
Made Of 80 Gram Non-Woven, Coated Water-Resistant Polypropylene | Drawstring Closure | Built-In Slot For Ear Buds | Large Front Zippered Pocket | Spot Clean/Air Dry. 

We're sorry to not be able to provide the jackets this year (we hope to try it again), but we think you'll love your new sports pack!