St. Pat’s Day run attracts brilliant crowd, sunshine

The first ever McCoy’s Pub St. Patrick’s Day 5K run and walk attracted nearly 300

As runners in the 5K run and walk ran along the north side of Main Street, one family took a more leisurely pace on the south side in front of Handke Center.

runners and walkers.

There were 201 registered by race day, and another 85 that registered on the day of the event.

The winner of the first-time event, which is expected to become an annual one, was Matt Olsen. Jill Varty finished second, and Reed Marohn finished third.




Fred McCoy, owner of McCoy’s Pub signaled the start of the 5K walk and run, and then got out of the way as the most serious of the participants took off from Rivers Edge Commons Park in downtown Elk River. Photos by Jim Boyle


Courtney Pouliot and Michelle Toutloff were among the runners to get in the spirit of the run with their outfits, head gear and painted faces.
Who is that masked man running with David Vinge?