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O’Round The Loch Runs This Saturday

By Staff | Mar 10, 2009

Neither snow nor rain nor inclement weather of any type will put up a roadblock for the annual “O’Round the Loch Run” of St. Patrick’s Day in Emmetsburg. The 29th edition of the annual event is set for this Saturday, March 14, as one of the events for the 49th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration

The annual O’Round The Loch Runs will open Saturday’s activities at 8:30 a.m. The runs will once again feature the traditional events; half-marathon, 10K, 5K and 1.7 mile Fun Run/Walk. All of the races will start at the parking lot of the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center at Iowa Lakes Community College.

The Half-Marathon event, covering 13.1 miles, will get underway at 8:30 a.m. The traditional marathon is also set up for a relay event, so that a team of four runners, with each runner covering 3.275 miles, can run.

At designated water stations along the half-marathon route, the team mates will pass a baton, like a regular relay race.

At 8:40 a.m., the 10 kilometer, or 6.2 mile race will begin, to be followed by the 5 kilometer, or 3.1 mile race, starting at 9 a.m. The Fun Run/Walk event of 1.7 miles will also start at 9:10 a.m.

All events will start on North Superior Street adjacent to the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center, and the finish lines for all of the events will be in the parking lot of the Smith Wellness Center at Iowa Lakes Community College. Check-in for the various events will run from 7 to 8:15 a.m. in the Wellness Center gym.

There will be seven divisions in each event, divided by age of the contestant: 13 & Under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 & Over.

Registration remains open online at:


and clicking on the O’Round the Loch Run logo for information or to pre-register.

Participants may also register for the events on Saturday morning, March 14, at the Smith Wellness Center gym from 7:00 to 8:15 a.m. At the time of registration, each runner will receive their race packet of information, as well as their race number and shirt.

An awards ceremony will be conducted at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Smith Wellness Center. Trophies will be awarded to the overall men’s and women’s 1.7 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 5K, 10K, and 1/2 marathon race. 1/2 marathon relay overall winners will receive trophies. Medals will be awarded for first place, second place and third place finishers in each age division–13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & 60 and over.

For more information, persons can contact Brenda McAllister at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg at 1-800-242-5108, extension 312.

In addition, anyone interested in volunteering to assist in the event are welcomed to do so and asked to contact Brenda McAllister at the Wellness Center, or they may just show up at the Wellness Center on Saturday to offer their services.

The proceeds generated through the annual O’Round the Loch Runs are directed towards benefitting scholarship programs for students attending Iowa Lakes Community College.

The public is welcomed and encouraged to turn out on Saturday to watch the starts of each event, the actual competition and the finishes of the competitors in the Wellness Center Parking Lot.