O'Rourke runs in St. Patrick's Day 5K

O'Rourke runs in St. Patrick's Day 5K
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Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems MORE (D-Texas) took a 3.1-mile detour from the presidential campaign trail on Saturday to run in a St. Patrick's Day 5K in Iowa. 

Sporting a multi-colored knit hat and black gloves, the 2020 candidate ran under No. 173 for the road race.

O'Rourke, who has written blog posts about jogging, appeared to mingle with his fellow runners in videos posted to Twitter, reportedly discussing Obamacare and his time as a congressman on the Veterans Affairs Committee with fellow joggers, according to one NBC reporter.

The 46-year-old made his first official stop as a 2020 Democratic candidate in Iowa this week, announcing his White House bid early Thursday morning.

He has been campaigning in the early primary state since his announcement.

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O'Rourke rose to national prominence in the 2018 midterm cycle where he narrowly lost his bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz slams Jim Carrey's 'vicious, angry' painting of Alabama governor after abortion ban Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (R-Texas) in deep red Texas. 

The former Texas congressman faces over a dozen contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination including big-name politicians like, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE (D-Mass.). 

Updated 1:14 p.m.