by Jim Boyle
The first St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Elk River got off on the right foot back on March 17 on a brilliantly warm and sunny almost-spring morning, and event organizers delivered a generous pot of gold last week out in front of the event sponsor’s establishment.
Lisa Holien and Karen Stelk handed Jenny Gray a check for $6,425 made out to CAER, the Elk River food shelf. “This is great for a first-time event,” said Gray, the executive director for CAER. “Wow.
“We are so grateful to Fred McCoy & McCoy’s Pub and the many volunteers who made the McCoy’s 5K event a reality.”
Holien and Stelk were among the organizers of the event, which they say will become an annual event on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day — unless the holiday falls on a Saturday like it did this March.
The event started and ended at River’s Edge Commons Park, where participants along with family and friends packed into the park.
“For a first-time event to draw (300) participants and raise over $6,000 for CAER is truly amazing and a testimony to the hard work that this team put into this event,” Gray said. “I hope the community as a whole will take part in next year’s event — it is a great opportunity for our city.”