Boys chasing girls. It's a familiar story. But this time free beer's on the line.
The Leprechaun Chase 10K is March 9, and it's lads vs. lasses. The lasses start at 4 p.m., the lads five minutes, 30 seconds later. The first place finisher wins free beer for their gender. The losing side has to pay $3 for theirs at the after-party.
More than 2,200 people from 15 states are signed up for the fourth annual event at Mahoney State Park, a registration record. The 6.2-mile race sold out in mid-February.
Runner's World, a national magazine, named the Leprechaun Chase 10K the “Race of the Month” in their March issue.
“It's a big deal,” race director Ben Cohoon said. “Runner's World is the biggest running magazine in the world and definitely the biggest in the United States, so it's an honor we were selected.”
Everyone wears green, keeping with the St. Patrick's Day theme, and some take it a step further. “On top of that, people go all out wearing kilts or wigs or costumes of any nature,” Cohoon said. A girl who sewed gold coins onto a black shirt – a pot of gold, personified – sported one of the most memorable get-ups, he said.
If you ask him, the guys have the edge this year. He predicted they will repeat as champions.
Tom Nichols, of Lincoln, beat the first female across the finish line by 30 seconds last year. Women won the first two races, though. The first female crossed the finish line 55 seconds ahead of the first male in 2011, and the first female won by nine seconds in 2010.
Des Moines will also host a Leprechaun Chase 10K on March 16. For more information on the races, click here.
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