Runners in the Manhattan Irish Fest 5K race will start the parade, followed by bagpipers, floats and other groups. | Photo courtesy of Mike McHugh, of the 2013 Manhattan Irish Fest parade
Updated: March 14, 2014 8:44AM
Combining a parade with a 5K run is unusual, but it’s a welcome concept for the nearly 100 runners who have signed up so far for the race.
The Manhattan Irish Fest is hosting its first 5K run along the festival’s parade route on March 5. The runners will start at 11 a.m., followed by the parade,which will include floats, bands and bagpipers.
“The 5K race is a unique opportunity for runners to race on a parade route,” race organizer Steve Koven said.
The race ends at the festival’s main entertainment tent in Central Park, 110 S. Park St., where runners can enjoy a post-race party featuring Irish music and free beer, Koven said.
The $25 registration fee for the race includes an admission button to the tent and to the children’s area at the park district recreation center, 397 State St.
The 5K run is organized by Prairie State Roadrunners. Registration is available at www.manhat