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By Robert Gehr
March 3, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The early morn started out overcast and chilly, with wet streets, the threat of rain and folks everywhere wearing green - a symbol for the Irish. Yet the runners and walkers were undeterred as the first race - Green Mile Fun Run--began just after 7 a.m. with a crowd of enthusiastic kids and adults alike, while bystanders cheered everyone on, helping to get their adrenaline going.

The Half Marathon race began a bit later around 7:15 a.m. with a mass of excited participants surging from the starting line with the looks of happiness reflecting like sunshine despite the weather.

The 5K Walk / Run start time followed just past 7:30 a.m. after some warm up exercises. Smiles and faces of serious competition were evident on faces of participants.
An outdoor ‘Beer Garden’ was open for thirsty participants and event attendees at Downtown Café - 182 E. Main St. El Cajon. They were also serving breakfast in a separate indoor area for those who were hungry.
A few vendors had promotional booths set up along Main St. selling products and services, which attracted many people.
Sure ‘n’ this was an exciting and fun family event held in downtown El Cajon. This was the seventh annual run, and hopefully many more will follow in the future.
Sadly though, I didn’t see the Tribes & Clan competitions events of past events, or live music and Irish dancing this time, which have usually been held on Rea Ave. and next to El Cajon City Hall, or the shopping center parking lot behind Starbucks in the past. I wonder what happened?
If you’ve never attended the Half Marathon - 5K - Green Mile, come check it out next year and don’t forget to wear green!