Bagpipes blast will signal start of Irish Fest 5K
Runners take off from the starting line in Historic Dublin during a previous year's Dublin Irish Festival 5k run.
In true Irish fashion, the Dublin Irish Festival 5K will begin with a blast from bagpipes instead of a starter pistol.
The Dublin Irish Festival/ IGS Energy 5K will kick off the 25th annual festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in Historic Dublin, followed by the DubCrawl at local businesses and restaurants.
The three-day Irish Festival -- set Aug. 3-5 in Coffman Park -- will celebrate 25 years. The 5K has come and gone throughout the event's history.
"It's changed a bit," said Trish Lackey, Dublin events production administrator.
"It was on Friday night during the festival a long time ago," Lackey said.
"It used to be four miles. We've done a lot of adjustments to the race," she said.
As it currently stands, the 5K begins and ends in Historic Dublin on South High Street, meandering through nearby neighborhoods in the middle.
"It's a great way to kick off the 25th anniversary of the Dublin Irish Festival," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, Dublin events marketing administrator.
"We invite everyone to come out."
Dublin-based IGS Energy is the 5K sponsor and DiSalvo said the company's president, Scott White, will help start the race.
"He also happens to be the honorary chairman (of the 2012 festival)," she said.
This year's 5K will include a kids fun run/walk for the first time, DiSalvo said.
Children can run or walk a quarter mile with the Columbus Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger.
"We just think that'll bring a lot more families down there," she said of the children's event.
"It's also part of the Dublin wellness initiative that will keep families fit."
Arts and crafts will also keep children busy, DiSalvo said.
"We'll have a station set up in the parking lot behind Starbucks where the staging area is for the run," she said.
"We'll have a place for children to come decorate a sign for someone in the run. ... They can cheer on their favorite runner or walker."
After the race, Historic Dublin businesses, restaurants and bars will host the DubCrawl.
"There will be customary bands at various restaurants," DiSalvo said.
"All the restaurants and pubs have specials and stay open later."
The DubCrawl is free, but registration for the Dublin Irish Festival 5K is $30 for adults in advance and $35 on race day.
Registration for participants ages 18 and under is $25 in advance and $30 on race day.
All adult 5K participants receive a race T-shirt and a ticket to the festival.
Registration for the kids fun run/walk is $5.
Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers overall, and to the top two male and female finishers in various age groups.
For more information on the 5K or to register, look online at dublinirishfestival.org/5k/.
More general festival information can be found on the website dublinirish festival.org.