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Iron Horse Brewery makes it really easy to do the right thing

You’ve heard of a half-marathon. You’ve heard of a 10K race. This is sort of like that only different.

Last November, fire completely destroyed the food bank in Ellensburg. Iron Horse Brewery wants to make it really easy for people to do the right thing. That’s why the brewery teamed up with local sponsors to organize this event: The St. Paddy Day .5 K. This family-friendly race, which benefits the food bank, will see competitors navigate a .32 mile course in downtown Ellensburg. Along the way, racers will stop at various activity stations to do things like bedazzle their headbands. And then there’s a party.

Here’s the complete info from Iron Horse.

Iron Horse Brewery Announces Family Friendly Fundraising Race for F.I.S.H. Food Bank called the St. Paddy Day Half K.

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Yes, It’s A .32 Mile Race in Downtown Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG, WA  (March 4, 2015)  Iron Horse Brewery invites all humans to their upcoming race called the St. Paddy Day Half K on March 14th from 2pm to 3:48 pm  in Ellensburg (412 N Main Street). This micro-run contains all of the benefits of an ultra marathon, but without actually having to run very far, because running is hard according to science.

“Following our ideals of making it easy for people to do the right thing, this F.I.S.H. food bank fundraiser has a massive dollars-to-mile ratio advantage which is a key indicator in the race-for-a-cause world. Ok, that’s not really a thing, I just made it up, but if it were, this would”, said Greg Parker General Manager at Iron Horse Brewery  “Our goal is to raise $1,000 in a two hour period. I’ve got total confidence we can do it, because, well, we already did.  Pre sale race entries already have already eclipsed $1,000”, commented Parker.

Activities and Fun Times

The St.Paddy Day Half K is a family friendly event.  Besides running .32 miles, there will be activity stations throughout the course, including a master balloon artist, face painting, Bike Fights, a sweatband bedazzling station, bean bag toss and more.

Each paid entry to the race includes a medal, sweatband, and race bib.  There will be water stations, music by the ‘Burg, snacks, slices of Pizza and a KIND bar booth to motivate runners along the route.

Race Entry Fees are $25.00 for adults 21 and over.  $20 for 13-20 age group and $1 for under 13.  Group packs also available.   Register ahead of time at http://www.stpaddydayhalfk.com    Day of registration is possible while spots available.
Entrants are encouraged to show up in St. Patrick’s Day themed outfits.

Amazing Sponsors

The race would not be possible without the willingness of area businesses.  A special thanks goes out to 88.1 The ‘Burg, The Daily Record, Hidden Treasures, Yvonne’s Sewing, Rufus Tech, ReCycle Shop, CWU Foundation, Sara Jean’s Sweets, Hair Cellar, The Soup Bowl, The Gym, Umpqua Bank, Earthquake Empanadas, Pizza Colin, and Sleep Country.
A shout out to Shirtworks for producing the race shirts.  National brands, KIND and RoadID also provided support items for the race, which is incredible, considering it is 500 meter road race.

Packet Pickup

Registration packets are available to be picked up at the Iron Horse Coffee stand at 1617 Vantage HWY on March 13th from 10am  until 1pm or later that day at  The Pub at 412 N Main Street from 5-7pm

Race Day and Food Donations

The parking spaces on Main Street between 4th and 5th will be closed from 1pm to 4pm to ensure the safety of participants.  The races will be conducted in waves starting at 2:15, which will be kicked off with the singing of the national anthem.
Iron Horse will be collecting food donations on race day as well.  Iron Horse Brewery asks that participants bring boxes of Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles or any type of cereal as a donation item.

Paddy On Party

For those that are 21 and over.  Iron Horse Brewery is having a St. Paddy Day themed party, starting at 5pm.  Entry is free for those who entered the half k, otherwise it is 10.00 and includes custom pint glass, first fill and $2.00 pints all night.

About Iron Horse Brewery

Iron Horse Brewery, centrally located in Ellensburg, WA, has been producing hand crafted ales since 2007.  Iron Horse is owned by father-son team Greg and Gary Parker.   With 33 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they plan to produce over 19,000  barrels this year. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from Facebook, go to www.ironhorsebrewery.com;  you’ll probably be sorry you did.