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Build a Foundation

Add some variety to your exercise routine. Run one day and strength train the next. This will not only hold your interest in the workouts longer, but it will give your body the time it needs for recovery. Additionally, you are covering more muscle groups throughout the body and keeping the workouts motivating and different.

To build up endurance for your 5K race include some interval training as part of your regimen. Use hill sessions and up-tempo to your runs to do this. Hold a steady running pace where you do not feel like you are just about to die, but that you can keep going.

Head to the track for shorter interval runs while learning to pace yourself. Learn to conserve your energy during the first part of the race and then to let go in the second half so you can make it to the finish line of you 5K race.

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When and Where
Event Date:
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Event Location:
Clare, Michigan
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2019 Clare Irish Festival Road Race

Join us for the Clare Irish Festival Road Race on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. This year's race will again begin at Clare High School!! The Clare High School address is: 306 Schoolcrest Ave. Clare, MI 48617 The race features a 5K Run, 10K Run, and 2 Mile Walk. The 10K Run will start at 9:00am, the 5K run will start at 9:05am, and the 2 Mile walk will begin at 9:15am. All races will feature chip timing for both the start and the finish. The start/finish line is in front of Clare High School. T-Shirts are limited to the first 700 participants to sign up, and each participant in the 5K, 10K, or 2 Mile walk will also receive a free pancake breakfast. Early packet pick-up and registration is from 6:00-8:00pm at the Clare High School Cafeteria on Friday, March 15th, 2019 . Please enter through the High School cafeteria doors. Race day registration begins at 7:15am and ends at 8:45am on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at Clare High School in Clare, MI. Registration will end promptly at 8:45am to ensure a 9:00am start. Online Registration on this website will end at 2pm on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. After that point- all registration will need to occur in person at either the early packet pick-up/registration on Friday, March 15th or on the morning of the race on Saturday, March 16th. Participants who pre-register by 3/9/19 will receive a reduced rate of $20. The entry fee will be $25 after 3/9/19. A free Kid's Run will take place at 10:45am, with ages 0-7 running 1/4 mile and ages 8-13 running 1/2 mile. Registration will take place from 7:15-8:45am on Saturday, March 16th. The kids will gather in the Clare High School lobby between 10:15-10:30am. The Ages 0-7 Fun Run will begin at 10:45am and the Fun Run for ages 8-13 will follow shortly after. There may only be one combined Kids' Run with all ages competing in the same race, if the number of kids that sign up is small enough. There is no early sign up for the Kids Run online or on Friday. Extra Information: Changing Facilities are available at Clare High School. No time will be recorded for participants who choose to walk the 10K Run. No refunds will be issued. Participants may not run with dogs. Participants may run with baby strollers, but will be asked to start near the back of the start line for safety precautions. Extra banquet tickets for non-participants may be purchased in the Clare High School cafteria on the morning of the race for $5. Breakfast in the cafeteria will close at 11am. This race has been endorsed by the Governor's Council on Physical, Fitness, Health, and Sport. A big thank you goes out to our race sponsors: Northern Dry Bulk, MidMichigan Health, Mercantile Bank, Clare Family Fitness, Clare Hometown Chiropractic, Jay's Sporting Goods, J.T. Bakers of Clare, Subway of Clare, and Owens Water. For more information, please contact the race directors at the information listed below. E-mails will receive quicker responses. Kyle McKown kmckown@clare.k12.mi.us (517) 581-0810 or Adam Burhans aburhans@clare.k12.mi.us (989) 400-2130 Additional information about the Clare Irish Festival may be viewed at https://www.claremichigan.com/irish-festival/ Please visit and like our Clare Irish Festival Road Race at: https://www.facebook.com/Clare-Irish-Festival-Road-Race-1010545789057616/ Road Race Map Links *You may have to click on the black box in the upper right hand corner of the map in order to view the course map* 5K Run Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/592122946 10K Run Map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/600656552 2 Mile Walk Map: http://www.mapmywalk.com/routes/view/592124180 Awards: Newly designed medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group. Age groups are listed below. Plaques will be awarded to the overall top finishing male and females, top finishing male/female master's (Age 50 & Over), and top finishing Male/Female Youth (Ages 14 & Under). No awards will be given out for the 2 mile walk* The awards presentation will take place at 11am in the Clare High School gym. The results will be posted at: http://www.race-mrm.com/results.cfm
Race Events
Kids Run 5K Run 10K Run 
Race Weather and Climate
All races begin/end with start/finish line in front of High School, with each participant’s start/finish chip timed. The race will be on paved roads.
Race Fees
No fee information specified.
Race Registration
Online Registration: Online registration is open until Wednesday, 3/13/19 at 2pm. After that point, online registration will close and all additional sign up must take place in person on 3/15 & 3/16. Runsignup.com charges $2.50 for each online registration. The link for online registration is: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Clare/clareroadrace Mail-In Registration: Please send entry form/checks payable to Clare Road Race to Clare Road Race: 2949 E. Doherty Rd Clare, MI 48617. Guaranteed shirt size/ reduced rate of $20 if entry if postmarked by March 9th, 2019. Do not mail entries after 3/9/19. Proceeds benefit various Clare running programs. Cost= $20 if pre-registered by 3/9/19 or $25 afterwards. Registration: Early Registration/Early Packet Pick-Up= Friday, March 15th, 2019 from 6-8pm at Clare High School Cafeteria. Day of Registration/Packet Pick-Up=7:15am-8:45am at Clare High School Lobby. Registration will end at 8:45am sharp on morning of race to ensure 9:00am start. The 10K will start at 9am, 5K at 9:05, and 2 mile walk at 9:15am.

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