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Watching runners cross the finish line in the Catch the Leprechaun 5K, one couldn’t help wondering how difficult is must be to run a race in an orange wig, giant bow tie, or tutu. 

The colorfully-clad crowd gathered at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park for the evening race benefiting Pattison’s Academy, forming a sea of green. The buzzer sounded and they were off on a 5K loop. 

Friends, family, and canine companions waited at the finish line, and soon the first leprechaun-inspired outfit came pounding toward the finish line. Whether decked in traditional running gear, shamrock tights, “Luck of the Irish” boxers, or an entire velour leprechaun suit, the eclectically dressed runners came in one by one, each one with a smile. Brian Freeman crossed made his finish-line dash a la Braveheart, proudly sporting a kilt while brandishing a plastic sword. “I only held it aloft for the last quarter,” he confessed.

Those who competed made their way under the bridge for an after party featuring food, beer, and live music. 

The Catch the Leprechaun 5K benefits Pattison’s Academy. Pattison’s Academy strives to improve the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities by providing comprehensive education and rehabilitation programs. At the summer camp as well as the PACE Charter School, the children receive much-needed physical, speech, and occupational therapy as well as specialized educational instruction and support.