Portsmouth, NH—March 21, 2016—Changing the time a race will be held is never an easy decision, but the organizers of the 7th Annual St. Paddy’s “April Fool’s” Five Miler felt was necessary this year.

St. Paddy's Five Miler in Portsmouth, NH“We had always held our race in mid-March around St. Patrick’s day, but we always tended to battle very wintry weather,” acknowledged Race Director Todd Hanson. “With that in mind we decided to push this year’s race back a couple weeks to increase the likelihood we would catch a break with Mother Nature.”

New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker agrees and said changing the timing of this year’s race enabled them to slightly re-envision its theme.

“We have added a fun April Fool’s Day theme to the race, which can only enhance the experience for participants,” she said. “This is a race anyone—fast runner or an entire family—can enjoy.”

According to New Heights’ Janice Hastings, the stakes for a successful are high, as net proceeds support programming and provide scholarships to kids with limited financial means.

“When you run for New Heights, you positively impact the lives of kids,” she added.

Noting the race committee is primarily composed of volunteers, Hanson said he believes this year’s lack of snow will motivate many to register in the final days leading up to the race on Sunday, April 3.

“Of course, we get a few inches of snow now,” he laughed. “However, we are in far better shape than in recent years. Pushing back the date was a smart move.”

Returning race sponsors are Paddy’s American Grille, Marshall’s Event Rental, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Datarisk, Whole Life Healthcare, Two International, Group, Tradeport Counseling, CGI Business Solutions, Kumon of Portsmouth, Underwood Engineers, Pierce Atwood, and Newmarket International.

The 7th Annual St. Paddy’s “April Fool’s” Five Miler will take place at 10:30 AM on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Paddy’s American Grille at the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth. Race perks include food, hot soups and beer to participants (age 21 & up).

Registration is $30. Race day registration will be available on site. Runners may register until April 2 at www.paddysfivemiler.com or call (603) 422-8235.

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