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O’Round The Loch Runs Saturday

By Staff | Mar 18, 2010

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 30th annual event is set for this Saturday, March 20, beginning 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 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.

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 20, 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. 

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