Suds plans St. Patty's Day 5k run

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BELOIT - Runners can shave off a few calories before celebrating the luck of the Irish this year, all while helping raise funds for Beloit Regional Hospice.

Suds O'Hannahan's Irish Pub will be hosting its St. Patrick's Day 5k Fun Run on Saturday. Suds owner Tom Hankins said registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 9:30 a.m.

This is the third time the 5k run has been held in downtown Beloit and more than 60 runners already have signed up.

Hankins encourages all participants to wear as much Irish garb as possible, whether they're running or walking. Hankins previously has donated the proceeds to Rock County Brain Injury Program. However, due to a lack of funding that program no longer exists.

Still wanting to help the community, Hankins selected Beloit Regional Hospice as a worthy cause, especially with the hospice celebrating 35 years.

"It's a cause that's always near and dear to everyone's hearts," Hankins said.

He said there has been a positive response to the 5k in previous years and is hoping for around 100 participants this year.

The 5k route will begin at the First National Bank and Trust parking lot near the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue. Hankins said the route will be clearly marked and will be a complete 5 kilometer route.

"(The run) goes well with enjoying libations," Hankins joked.

Awards will be presented to the best costume, fastest male, fastest female and more.

Residents may pre-register for $20, which will include a t-shirt and one free ticket for a green beer once they complete the run. Participants also may register the day of the race. Suds also has a complete lineup of events planned for the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

For more information, go to sudsirishpub.com or the Suds O'Hannahan's Facebook page.

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