MountainEAR 5K set for St. Paddy's Day

January 30, 2012


MORGANTOWN, W.Va., March 17, 2012 — Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a fast and flat 5K (3.1-mile) run and walk along the Monongahela River. The start and finish line for the out-and-back event is at Hazel Ruby-McQuain Park, situated on Garrett Street off state Route 119 (Don Knotts Boulevard).

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Entry is a low $15 if pre-registered by March 10 and $20 afterward (and on race day). Online registration also is available (through March 13). The event is coordinated by the WVU Student Academy of Audiology. Proceeds benefit patients with financial limitations who are seen in the WVU Hearing and/or Speech centers

The 5K run/course features an out-and-back course along the Caperton Trail, which parallels the Monongahela River the entire length from Hazel Ruby-McQuain Park to the turnaround at point near the MEA Power Plant.

The surface is primarily hardcap but runners and walkers will cross two wooden bridges. The course is overwhelmingly flat, but the first quarter-mile does feature a 250-foot incline that, by nature of an out-and-back course, participants must go down to cross the finish line.

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