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Celebrate spring with Detroit's Corktown Race and St. Patrick's Parade

The annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade and Cork Town race will be held on Sunday, March 14, 2010. What better way to kick off the spring season in Detroit? Every year thousands gather to participate in the race or cheer on the racers, and then watch the parade in the section of Detroit known as “Corktown.” The crowds are usually very friendly and in great spirits, making this the perfect event for enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and jump-starting your fitness routine.

This year the Cork Town race, formerly a 4 mile run and 2 mile walk, has been combined into one event, a 5K for runners or walkers. The 5K begins at noon, with a ¼ mile kids fun run starting beforehand at 11:30 a.m. Both events start in front of the Old Central train station on Michigan Avenue and Vernor. The St. Patrick’s Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Michigan Avenue and Sixth Street.

There is early registration for the 5K or kids run by mail or online through March 12. Race day registration is also available from 10 – 11:30am at Vernor and Michigan Ave. Prices are $25 for the 5K and $13 for the kids run until March 12; race day prices are $30 and $15 respectively. Early registration will guarantee you a kelly green, short sleeve technical shirt from Leslie Jordan, a nice upgrade from the traditional t-shirt usually offered.

For more information, including online registration, packet pick-up locations, directions and parking information, visit the Cork Town Race website. For more information about the parade and various other activities visit the Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade website.

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