The second annual Maxwell Leprechaun Run and Vendor Fair will be held on Saturday, March 13.
The Leprechaun Run was established by the Maxwell Park and Recreation District and MPR Auxiliary last year as a way to get youth and adults outdoors for a little exercise after the winter months.
“It’s a great event for beginners as well as hardcore walkers and runners,” said Tish Nerli, MPR Auxiliary vice-chair.
The Leprechaun Run will be held at the Maxwell High School football field, located at 515 Oak St. and will be held in three parts, starting with a short walk around the block, the one-mile Fun Run, and a 5k (3.1 miles).
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be given for first, second, and third place in three age divisions (6-18; 19-39; 40+) for the 5k race. Gift cards will be given to the all-around fastest 5k runner of the day and for the participant who came the farthest distance. Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers in the open division (all ages) for the short walk (around the block) and the One-mile race. A Gold medal will also be awarded for the “fastest stroller” and fastest “pet on a leash“ in all three events.
“The three races will run consecutively this year, so participants can compete in one, two, or all three events,” Nerli said.
The Leprechaun Run will be held at the Maxwell Elementary School, 146 North St. Registration begins at 7:30 AM. Races start at 9 AM. Entry fee is $5 children and youth, ages 6-17, and $10 for adults for the first event; $2 for youth and $5 for adults for additional events.
Yoga Instructor Allison Costa will once again lead a warmup exercise before the start of the events.
In addition to the races, the Leprechaun Run includes a free Vendor Fair from 9 AM to noon. Vendors are invited to set up free of charge, and everyone in the community is invited to come down and browse what they have to offer.
Everyone who attends, including race participants, vendors and spectators, will be given a free raffle ticket for a variety of Pot o’ Gold prizes, including hats, candy, and gift cards. They can also participate in the “Most Green” costume contest for a $50 gift card from Grocery Outlet.
The Pot O’ Gold drawings and the costume contest will be held immediately after the award ceremony, and you must be present to win.
“The Leprechaun Run was the last event in Colusa County before the pandemic shutdown last year and is one of the first events to get back on track in 2021,” Nerli said. “While this is a fundraiser for recreation programs, it’s also about community. We would love to see people come down to the school to participate in the run, but we also want to see community members out supporting the vendors, who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic for the past 12 months.”
Vendors will be outdoors and distanced. Masks and sanitizer will be available at the event. There will also be an opportunity for all to win additional raffle prizes, which you need not be present to win.
The Leprechaun Run and Vendor Fair is sponsored by C&C Engineering, in Williams.