On Saturday, March 14, Dyck Arboretum will celebrate its 10th Annual Go Green Leprechaun Run. As in years past, the event will include a 10K race and 2 Mile fun run/walk for all ages, with St Patrick’s Day-themed refreshments and a medal ceremony.
What started out as a 2-mile fun run to encourage people to go “green” with wise environmental practices and to celebrate St Patrick’s Day expanded to also include a 10K run in 2014, appealing to more serious runners. In 2018 came the addition of the chip-timing services of Timer Guys. The number of runners/walkers always varies due to the weather, which can vary from warm and sunny to icy and windy. Participation has been within the range of 103 and 172 runners/walkers from age 4 to 74.
“With this event, we have been able to engage the community in healthy activity, which was an important goal of our founders,” said Arboretum education coordinator and race director, Brad Guhr. “Evie and Harold Dyck dreamed of creating a place for people young and old to congregate, have a recreational outlet, and enjoy native plants in a prairie garden setting. These ideaLs provided inspiration and guidance for the development of our first-ever Go Green Leprechaun Run in 2011.”
This year’s race swag will feature a black commemorative lightweight running hat. Additional details and registration can be found online at www.dyckarboretum.org. Registration fees will increase by $5 after March 5.
Registration and race packet pick up will begin at 8:30 a.m. and both races will start at 9:30 a.m. A medal ceremony will start at approximately 10:45 a.m. All portions of the event will take place at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 West Hickory, Hesston, Kan.
Sponsors and business partners for the 2020 Leprechaun Run include A Cut Above, Advanced Physical Therapy, AGCO Corporation, Atomic Sports, Everence, Excel Industries, GLC Real Estate Services, Inc, Gold Plains Credit Union, Kairos Consulting and Counseling, LLC, The Citizens State Bank, and Waste Connections Inc.