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460 Sign Up for First Ever World's Shortest St. Patrick's Zero K

Published: 3/1/2019

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Four hundred sixty participants signed up by Thursday afternoon for the First Ever First Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Zero K footrace to be held Friday, March 15, to kick off the three-day St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Hot Springs.

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Four hundred sixty participants signed up by Thursday afternoon for the First Ever First Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Zero K footrace to be held Friday, March 15, to kick off the three-day St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Hot Springs. 

Organizers were forced to cut off registration before the announced midnight deadline because the number of people seeking to participate outstripped the supply of medals that each participant will receive, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, who created the event. 

“Due to the unprecedented and unforeseen response to the First Ever St. Pat’s Zero K Run, CASA, the benefiting organization, had to close registration early with 460 runners signed up for the inaugural event,” Arrison said. “They wanted to make sure each runner who entered received their T-shirt, racing bib, 0-K sticker for their car windshield, and, especially, their medal, if they finished the grueling 299-foot course.”

“Thanks to the generosity of the race sponsor, Michelob Ultra and Arkansas Beverage Sales, all proceeds from the $25 entry fees will go to support the mission of CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates for Garland, Hot Spring and Grant Counties], who are a stable presence in the lives of children who have been neglected or abused,” Arrison said. 

The demographics of the 460 participants show that the greatest number — 36 percent — are in the age 50 to 64 division. Those age 40 – 49 make up 19 percent; over 65, 15 percent; 30 – 39, 13 percent; 18 – 29, 7 percent, and under 18, 7 percent. 

The race will be part of the activities surrounding the First Ever 16th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs the weekend of March 15 – 17. The race will take place Friday evening, March 15, at 6 p.m. on world-famous 98-foot-long Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs. 

“Our race will cover a course that is 299 feet long, one foot shorter than the granddaddy of all Zero K runs — the Wacky Florida Keys Cow Key Channel Bridge Run that is 300 feet long,” Arrison said. “Of course, that still makes our Zero K three times longer than the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade itself.” 

“The St. Patrick’s Zero K is designed for athletes who do not like to get up early or break a sweat,” Arrison said.

Arrison said the race will incorporate the same elements of insane good fun that surround the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade itself.

The Zero K race will extend the 2019 St. Patrick’s weekend to three days, Solleder said.

“Since St. Patrick’s Day itself falls on a Sunday in 2019, we saw a great opportunity to add the Zero K to our previously announced lineup of great events,” he said. “In addition to the internationally acclaimed parade itself on Sunday, March 17, we will have free live entertainment by Smash Mouth on Saturday night at the Bridge Street stage where Bridge Street, Malvern Avenue, Broadway and Convention Boulevard intersect. Plus, we’ll have another free live concert by Three Dog Night on Sunday after the parade.” 

This will mark the second year in a row that two free concerts have been held in conjunction with the internationally known parade, which annually attracts 30,000 celebrating fans to the downtown historic district.

No chairs will be permitted at either concert, according to Arrison. 

The free 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, March 16, featuring Smash Mouth will climax a day of festivities that will start at 3 p.m. with the day’s opening of O’Kelley’s World’s Largest Inflatable Pop Up Pub adjacent to Bridge Street. Music will start at 7 p.m., with the Smash Mouth performance beginning at 8.

The First Ever 16th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade®, will feature TV star Ralph (The Karate Kid) Macchio as the celebrity grand marshal and Ellen DeGeneres’ favorite DJ and dancer, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, as the official starter. 

The parade, which began in 2003, annually attracts crowds of upwards of 30,000 people to watch an insanely zany collection of Irish Elvis impersonators, green Irish wolfhounds, marching units such as Paddy O’Furniture, Irish belly dancers and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as other unique units cover the 98-foot length of Bridge Street, the World’s Shortest Street in Everyday Use.

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