Preparations for the 2016 Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K, to be held on Saturday, March 19, are quickly ramping up as race day approaches.

Many racers have already signed up and with the good weather we're having, this week should see a significant jump in registrations.

The race is limited to 4,500 runners. Early registration is available now through noon March 17 at www.spectrumhealth.org/irishjig. Runners can register onsite Friday and Saturday at packet pickup at the East Grand Rapids High School gym. Irish Jig top age group winners receive prizes and the top overall finishers receive cash awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the Irish Jig has grown to become one of Michigan’s premier 5K races. It is an event with a cause: raise awareness of colorectal cancer prevention and treatment. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined.

New this year, runners can check in their gear and personal items while they run at the UPS “Flame Truck” that will be parked on Wealthy Street near Derby Station. Back by popular demand, runners can also take fun “snaps” in an Irish Jig photo booth that will be located in the East Grand Rapids High School gym.

For more information, visit www.spectrumhealth.org/irishjig, email IrishJig@spectrumhealth.org or call 616.391.4JIG (4544). Share via #IrishJig2016.