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Race Recap: Catch the Leprechaun 5K in Oak Ridge

March 18, 2012

The 2012 edition of the Catch the Leprechaun 5K in Oak Ridge actually fell on St. Patrick’s Day this year, and it was a great event. The race was also a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

Race Director Chris Keever told the crowd they began the race last year after their family was touched by cancer. He also expressed to my, and colleague Kayla Shelby, that he hadn’t gotten a lot of cooperation from the City of Oak Ridge in planning the event. Consequently, the course was changed just two weeks before the race.

I ran this race last year, and I liked the 2012 course better. Much of last year’s race was run on the Oak Ridge Turnpike. This year, the course centered on the neighborhoods around Jackson Square. It was lovely, and a number of neighbors came out to cheer on the roughly 400 or so runners and walkers in the race.

In addition to the race, the event featured a nearly day-long concert of Irish music. Additionally, Razzleberry’s, one of the restaurants on the square, offered beer and an Irish-themed dinner for an extra charge over the race entry fee. By the looks of it, the beer and dinner area was a smashing success.

For me, it was a great race. I hit the first mile in under 10 minutes (roughly 9:37 by my watch), which was about the fastest mile I’ve ever run. By mile 2, I’d slowed a bit to my normal pace of about 11-minute miles. My final time was 32:52.6, with an average pace of 10:36 per mile. I was thrilled with that result. Equally thrilled that I placed 14th in my age group (40-49) out of 27 runners. I’m usually much closer to the bottom of my particular pack.

I also had the pleasure of seeing lots of friends at the race, which always makes a race that much more fun. I’m looking forward to the 2013 version of this race!

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  1. Stephanie Mullins permalink

    I just want to thank all the volunteers and coordinators for the hard work in putting together Catch the Leprechaun 5k. Your hard work did not go unnoticed. The wonderful atmosphere of running, food, and music provided a fantastic memory for my family and me. I can’t wait for next year!

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