RunEC Foundation, a newly formed non-profit, has announced it will present the first-ever RunEC Half Marathon and 5K run/walk on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday morning, March 17, 2013. Organizers are expecting more than 5,000 runners will complete a course that stretches from Hooley’s restaurant in Rancho San Diego to Hooley’s restaurant at Grossmont Center. Training will be available starting in January by Irishman and professional running coach Kevin McCarey. Event proceeds will benefit the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and several local non-profit organizations, including St. Madeline Sophie’s Center, Partnerships with Industry, Stoney’s Kids, Home of Guiding Hands and the East County Transitional Living Center. Registration and event information, including route course map and sponsorship opportunities, are available at www.RunEastCounty.com..