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Dublin Irish Festival

Thursday 5K will get event off to running start

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A tradition will get the Dublin Irish Festival running, July 31.

The IGS Energy Dublin Irish Festival 5K and Kids Dash will kick off the three-day Irish festival July 31 in Historic Dublin, with the help of the DubCrawl.

The race takes off from Historic Dublin on South High Street near John Wright Lane at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

"We would say we expect 1,000 or 1,100 (runners)," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, a Dublin events administrator.

"We'll probably cap it at 1,100. We have more registered at this point than a year ago at this time."

Registration for the race costs $30 for adults in advance and $35 on race day.

Registration for teens 18 and younger for the 5K is $25. The Kids Dash fee is $5.

"We have (Columbus Blue Jackets mascot) Stinger for the Kids Dash again," DiSalvo said, adding that a yet-to-be-named Blue Jackets player will also make an appearance.

"We also have Jeff Hogan emceeing the awards ceremony and IGS Energy returning to sponsor it again," she said.

Runners will be asked to line up according to pace; runners with strollers will be asked to line up at the back.

Because of the large number of runners, pets are not allowed on the course.

"It's a nice opportunity for people to come out and kick off the festival and get healthy," DiSalvo said. "You get two free tickets if you register."

The Kids Dash is in its third year and an arts area for children offers a chance to make signs to cheer on the runners.

"The kids have the opportunity to do a short dash," said Sara O'Malley, events assistant.

"It's really fun and family-centric. After they do the dash, they can cheer on their mom and dad," she said.

The DubCrawl will also be running in Historic Dublin with restaurant specials, later hours and entertainment starting at 5 p.m.

Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland will host the Hardtackers from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and Irish Fiddle Fetish from 6:30 to 6:55 p.m.

At the 5K start and finish line on South High Street, the Capital City Pipes and Drums will play from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

The BriHi Square Plaza will host a performance by the Dublin Cornet Band and the Dublin Youth Brass Band from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Brigid's Cross will play at the Brazenhead from 8 to 11 p.m. and additional entertainment will be at the Dublin Village Tavern and Frog Park from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.

The Dublin Irish Festival will run Aug. 1-3 in Coffman Park.

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