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Naperville Sunrise Rotary St. Paddy’s Day 5K is back on track

Above / Registration and Sponsorship Now Open for Naperville Sunrise Rotary St Paddy’s Day 5K, live and in person on Saturday March 12th. (PN File Photo)

Registration for the 13th Annual Sunrise Rotary St. Paddy’s Day 5K, held in person on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. in downtown Naperville, is now pending. St. Paddy’s Day 5K takes place in collaboration with the West Suburban Irish right before the annual WSI St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The race is one of the first certified 5K races of the current season in the region and is often sold out.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the mental health care of young people and families and support initiatives by Family Shelter Services, Project Help and NAMI DuPage.

St. Patrick’s Day themed costumes and hats are recommended. Costume ceremonies encourage attendees to step into the festive mood of the event by donning their St. Patrick’s Day attire for the run.

In 2011, the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise established another tradition to celebrate St. Patrick with his 5K run / walk in downtown Naperville. (PN file photo)

Visit www.StPaddysDay5k.com for corporate sponsorship, registration and volunteer opportunities.

Participants will receive an annual St. Paddy’s Day5K technical running shirt along with their racing package. Prizes will be given to the best overall male and female runners and commemorative prizes to the top three male and female runners in each age group.

Refreshments after the run will be offered in an open-air tent. Masks are recommended when not eating or drinking. The race times will be announced online.

With a little luck from St. Patrick, registration for the next Rotary Sunrise Tradition in downtown Naperville is now open.

“After two years of virtual racing, we are grateful that we can plan to bring the live race safely outside this year,” said club president Ryan Siebert. “I think we have all learned the importance of traditions and we are committed to making this event a safe and fun activity for racers and volunteers.”

Siebert went on to explain that St. Paddy’s Day 5K is the service club’s biggest fundraiser every year.

“St. Paddy’s Day 5K is critical to our efforts to help young people and families who were particularly exposed to mental health problems during the pandemic,” Siebert continued. “We hope everyone is enjoying the early spring weather and the community spirit that this event always offers.”

More information is available at www.StPaddysDay5k.com.

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