Racers seeking "luck o' the Irish" flock to Billy's Bar, in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

March 16, 2014 Updated Mar 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM CDT

Rice Lake Township, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Spring may be in the air, but members of the North Shore Striders had their shoes on the ground in Rice Lake Sunday.

Runner's seeking the luck o' the Irish lined up outside Billy's Bar Sunday afternoon for the Lucky Leprechaun 5K.

Contestants in the timed race were encouraged to wear green in celebration of Saint Patrick's day and to help them "get lucky" with a chance to win prizes after the race.

Regardless of wardrobe choice, each runner was treated to a free t–shirt and beverage, along with a batch of cookies at the finish line.

With the arrival of warmer temps more runners have been getting out and participating, something race organizers say is encouraging for runners of all skill levels.

"It's something you don't have to put a lot of training into to compete in," said President Brad Christensen of the North Shore Striders, "or to the serious runner that's trying for a super fast time. It's never a bad day to run."

Next Month members of the North Shore Striders will host the first annual Boston Tribute Run.

That race is open to all members of the public.

Al Skomars