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March 19, 2014 (El Cajon) - Sunday, March 16 was a beautiful day for a race in the City of El Cajon, as RunEC held its second annual “St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, Main Street 5K, and Green Mile.”

There was a sea of green when participants flocked to the streets of Downtown El Cajon in the early morning.  Just prior to the 8:00 a.m. start, Mayor Bill Wells provided encouraging words to the participants. The half marathon runners then led things off, followed by the 5K runners and the “Green Mile Fun Run” participants. 

All courses were designed so that everyone involved could fully enjoy Historic Downtown El Cajon. The races began and ended near the Downtown El Cajon Arch landmark, at the intersection of Main Street and Magnolia Avenue.  

A few new activities were added to this year’s event. These included a “Tribes & Clans Competition,” as well as a day-long Beer & Wine Festival. The festival was hosted by URBN Coal Fired Pizza and Brewery, scheduled to open in Downtown El Cajon within the next couple of months. Everyone enjoyed the safe and family-friendly environment, which included live music, food, and activities for children. 

With all races combined, close to 2,000 participants registered, resulting in nearly a 35% increase over the inaugural 2013 run. The number of volunteers tripled from 2013, to over 400 this year. In total, attendance (runners, volunteers, vendors & spectators) was estimated at nearly 6,000 people.

Due to the large turnout, RunEC officials anticipate being able to make important contributions to several charities from their proceeds, donating more than last year.

The date is already set for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon and promoters are hoping to see over five-thousand!  So, mark your calendars for March 15, 2015!  For more information, visit

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