Nearly 2,700 runners pound pavement Saturday in Tacoma’s St. Paddy Day Run

Nearly 2,700 runners packed the streets of Tacoma on Saturday morning for one of the South Sound’s first major running events of 2015.

Anthony Lawver, 43, won the half marathon distance at the annual St. Paddy’s Day Run, finishing in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 9 seconds. Sherida Bird, 35, was the first woman and sixth overall in 1:27:49.

The race is the first in a series held each year by the Tacoma City Marathon Association. The Tacoma City Marathon is scheduled for May 3.

Saturday morning most of the participants (1,175 of them) ran the 5 kilometer distance. Seth Bridges, 24, won in 15:44. Kristi Houk, 31, won the women’s race in 18:47 and was fifth overall.

Jonathan Lafler, 25, won the 10K in 33:18. Janet McDevitt, 41, was first in the women’s field in 18:47 and was sixth overall.