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Top Ten Reasons to Participate in Spirit Run this Sunday, March 17

The 36th Annual Spirit is this Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. Have you registered yet? It’s still not too late.

Here are 10 great reasons to register now.

A wide range of running events for adults of all ability levels.

Spirit Run offers something for every fitness level, from walkers to elite athletes. There are multiple distances including the mile, 5k and 10k. You can compete to win prizes in each one. Visit https://www.nmspiritrun.org/adultfamilyevents for the adult races.

Top Ten Reasons elite milers

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Elite Mile competitors in last year’s Spirit Run

Watch your children compete in Spirit Run’s youth races.

Spirit Run hosts eight races for children. Each youth finisher receives an event shirt and finisher medal. Youth races include:

Youth 5k – The Youth 5k allows children to compete against one another without adult interference, and for a child to break the finish line tape.

Youth ¼ - 1 Mile and Open Mile – Spirit Run offers six separate ¼ - 1 mile races by age group including ¼ mile for age four, ½ mile for ages five and six, and four separate mile races for ages seven through 18.

Toddler Trot – As long as they can walk, even the little ones can join the fun at Spirit Run. The Toddler Trot takes place in a fenced area with astroturf in the expo.

Run or walk with the family, even the grandparents.

Spirit Run offers the 5k Family Walk and Family Mile. All family members are welcome to participate together, from your baby in his/her jogger, to the grandparents. Don’t worry about the price tag, either. Spirit Run offers a Family Rate to save as much as 30 percent off standard individual pricing. Add the grandparents and save even more.

Run with your furry four-legged friend in the Dog Mile.

Spirit Run includes everyone, even the family pet. Humans ages 13 and older can run or walk with their pooches on leash in the Dog Mile.

Get Your Green Gear at Spirit Run.

Spirit Run will help you get your green on this St. Patrick’s Day. Adults can purchase a green event shirt featuring a running four-leaf clover logo. Also, when they cross the finish line, adults will receive a four-leaf clover medal and a coupon for a free “Banger Bites” appetizer from Muldoon’s Irish Pub.

Top 10 Reasons girls in St. Patrick s Day costumes

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(L-R) Brooke Morris (headband) and Brooke Awad (cowboy hat), fourth graders at Mariner’s Christian School, don St. Patrick’s Day attire, as they get ready for this Sunday’s Spirit Run Costume Contest

Compete to win in Spirit Run’s St. Patrick’s-themed costume contest.

Show your Spirit, green spirit that is, in Spirit Run’s St. Patrick’s Day costume contest. Contest divisions include individual adult, individual child, team (family, friends, teammates, etc.), and human/dog duos. The Lot at Fashion Island is donating prizes. Contest judges include Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, City Manager Grace Leung, Councilmember Joy Brenner, Newport-Mesa Unified School (NMUSD) Board Member Karen Yelsey and the Lot’s Assistant General Manager Rayner Chi.

Compete to win your share of the $4,750 purse and more than 200 prizes.

Spirit Run arguably has the most impressive prizes of any running event. It is offering a $4,750 cash purse in the Elite Mile and Adult 5k. Other prizes include the coveted pizza every month for a year card from Blaze Pizza, Fashion Island $50 gift certificates from Dick’s Sporting Goods, $25 gift cards from Lazy Dog Restaurant and $10 gift cards from Balboa Candy. Compete in multiple races and you are eligible to win in each one.

Be a spectator.

Not up for racing or walking? Be a spectator instead. With 12 races, there is plenty to see. Be part of the excitement when the Elite Mile winner breaks four minutes in the Elite Mile. You’ll get a good laugh watching the human dog duos run the Dog Mile. Of course, it’s always delightful to watch kids compete, especially the little ones in the Toddler Trot. Experience the sounds of the Corona del Mar High Vocal Music students singing the National Anthem before multiple races and the Corona del Mar Jazz Band playing in the expo. Corona del Mar’s Drumline and Cheer Teams will also perform before the races.

Enjoy the Youth, Fitness and Dog Expo.

Before and after your race, there’s plenty of fun in store at Spirit Run’s expo. Stop by Alexa’s food truck for breakfast burritos, coffee and more. There’s almost too much fun for the kids including bungee trampolines, a rock climbing wall, a mini-skate park, and giveaways and other activities at Camp Newport. Adults come meet health and fitness professionals, and discover the perfect summer day and away camps for your children at Camp Newport, Gold Arrow Camp and Yosemite Sierra Summer Camps. Bring your dog or adopt a new one at the Dog Expo. Your pouch can enjoy free food samples and more.

 Raise funds for youth fitness and education.

By participating in Spirit Run, you are supporting local youth. Spirit Run is presented by a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to youth fitness and education, and its net proceeds are donated to local schools. More than $1.5 million has been donated, with more than $330,000 in the last eight years alone. Participating NMUSD schools and high school teams benefit from Spirit Run’s net proceeds. Schools outside NMUSD can also fundraise through Spirit Run’s “Dash for Cash” fundraiser.

To register and for more details about Spirit Run, visit www.nmspiritrun.org.

For the third consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor.