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Sunrise Rotary St. Paddy’s Day 5K to raise funds for mental health care March 12 in Naperville

Registration for the 13th Annual Sunrise Rotary St. Paddy’s Day 5K, which will take place on Saturday March 12th in downtown Naperville, is now pending.

St Paddy’s Day 5K, held in partnership with the West Suburban Irish, starts at 8 a.m. before the annual 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.

“After two years of virtual racing, we are grateful that we can plan to bring the live racing safely back into the open 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.

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.

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

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

Participants will receive an annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K Technical Running Shirt along with their racing package.

Prizes will be given to the best male and female overall runners and commemorative prizes to the three best male and female runners per 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.

“As our largest fundraiser each year, St. Paddy’s Day 5K is vital to our efforts to help youth and families who were particularly exposed to mental health problems during the pandemic,” Siebert said. “We hope everyone enjoys the spring-like weather and community spirit that this event always offers.”

More information is available at www.StPaddysDay5k.com.

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