Join Iron Horse Brewery for the St. Paddy Day Half-K and Party

It’s not a marathon or a 10K. It’s not even a 5K run. If you’re built for comfort and not for speed, then the Saint Paddy Day Half K is the “run” for you.

On Saturday, March 12th, Iron Horse Brewery invites you to participate in the Saint Paddy Day Half K, a fundraiser for the FISH Food Bank of Ellensburg. The micro run happens on the streets of Ellensburg and includes all the benefits of a marathon or a 10K without all the annoying running. After the 500-meter “run,” they’ll host Paddy On at the Iron Horse pub — a Saint Patrick’s Day party.

“In theory, running is a good idea, but in reality it sucks,” said Greg Parker, General Manager at Iron Horse Brewery. “The FISH Food Bank doesn’t suck, so I am willing to sacrifice my body for 500 meters in order to support it. Our goal is to raise $3,000 in a two hour period. I chose this amount because 3,000 is the first number that popped into my head.”

The Clean Run

Tough mudders and dirty dashes are quite popular these days, but Iron Horse Brewery never worries too much about being popular, opting instead to be clean. The goal of the Saint Paddy Day Half K is to ensure that the participants finish the run cleaner than they started. Activity stations along the one-third mile course include a toothbrush station, sanitizer corner, cuticle cleaning, and more.

To motivate and sustain “runners” along the 546-yard course, there will be water stations, music by the ‘Burg, snacks, slices of Pizza, and a KIND bar booth.

According to Iron Horse Brewery, the St. Paddy Day Half K is a family-friendly event because, “…let’s face it, your kids are germ-filled dirt monsters.” However, be advised that the party at the Micropub after the “run” is for grownups only.

The parking spaces on Main Street between 4th and 5th will be closed from 1:00 to 4:00 to ensure the safety of participants. The race, which will be kicked off with the singing of the national anthem, will be started in waves starting at 2:15. The after-party at the Micropub gets started at 5:00, so you have plenty of time to cool down and further clean yourself after you’ve successfully completed the 19,685-inch course.

  • Each paid entry to the race includes a medal, sweatband, race bib, and for those over 21, entry into the St. Paddy Day party following the race.
  • Race Entry Fees are $25.00 for adults 21 and over.  $20 for 13-20 age group and $2 for under 13.  Group packs also available.
  • Register ahead of time at
  • Day-of registration is possible while spots are available.
  • Entrants are encouraged to show up in St. Patrick’s Day themed outfits.

Packet Pickup

“Racers” can pick up their packets on Friday at somewhere cool.  They aren’t sure yet.

Race Day and Food Donations

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 5 p.m.  Entry is free for those who entered the half k, otherwise it is $10.00 and includes custom pint glass, first fill and $3.00 pints all night.

Event Sponsors

The race would not be possible without the willingness of area businesses. Special thanks go out to 88.1 The ‘Burg, The Daily Record, Alente, Hidden Treasures, Yvonne’s Sewing, ReCycle Shop, CWU Foundation, 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.