Running toward St. Patrick's Day

By Amanda Hari

March 8, 2014 Updated Mar 8, 2014 at 7:40 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It may not be St. Patrick's Day yet, but hundreds of people are already celebrating the holiday with a run.

The 13th annual St. Patrick's Day four miler took place in Binghamton on Saturday morning.

Most runners ran individually but local firefighters, police officers and EMTs ran on teams.

More than 600 people signed up for this year's race. Even though that may seem like a lot, it's less than last year and the weather may be the culprit.

"I know that this has been a very bad winter for training outside, with all the snow and the really cold temperatures but whether you can train inside for a little bit or get outside when it's a little bit warmer you can still train," said race director Vincent Kelley.

People of all ages ran in the four miler.

“I think getting the kids out here is great," said Kelley. "We have, I think, our youngest is nine, although we’ve had them down to seven or eight over the last couple of years and our oldest, I think, is close to 80 right now.”

Many of the runners wore green to show off their Irish pride.

The entry fee for the event raises money for the community gym at Saint Patrick's Church.

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