Perhaps the world’s jolliest running event will take place for the first time on St Patrick’s Day 2013 in Rancho, San Diego. Nicknamed “Hooley’s to Hooley’s”, the event amazingly begins in one Irish pub/restaurant and finishes in another of the same name.


The event is organised by newly established non-profit organisation the RunEC Foundation.  RunEC hopes to raise money for several other local non-profit charitable organisations. Event organisers also hope to draw attention to one of San Diego’s most overlooked yet underrated regions; the East County.


Participants have the option of running a half marathon, 5km or the ‘Green Mile’ – a race for the pot of gold for people with developmental disabilities. All entrants will receive race t-shirts and those who complete the half marathon and 5km will also receive finishers medals. 




The event is chip timed and awards will be given to the top three finishers for each age group, so it can be as competitive as any participant wants it to be.


So support a good cause, visit a beautiful part of California and be able to say you were there for the first ever St Patrick’s Day Hooleys to Hooleys Half Marathon.



The 2013 Run for L’Arche will be the third annual event to raise funds for L’Arche in Calgary.  L'Arche is an international organisation of communities that create homes and programmes for people with developmental disabilities.

The first two years of the event raised almost $70,000 for L’Arche Calgary and made a huge impact on their community.


Organisers expect more than 600 people to participate in the half marathon, 5 mile (8km) and 1K fun run/walk. 


Sponsored by Rogers Insurance, the race attracts more than 150 enthusiastic volunteers at the start/finish line and along the course.  There are cash prizes for the top three finishers in the half marathon and 5 mile - and an all-day pancake breakfast for participants! 


The half marathon and 5 mile certified courses are run along the beautiful, flat Bow River Pathway, offering participants a great opportunity to achieve a personal best time.


March is also great time to visit Calgary and check out the city and surrounding areas.  Where else can you track dinosaurs, ride a steam train and visit penguins all in the same day?   It is also only an hour to Banff National Park, one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. 



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