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St. Patrick's Day Runs from a 5k to a Half Marathon, what's happening in your city!

Posted on February 17 2016

Looking for a PR? Perhaps the luck of the Irish will bring it to you during a fun Saint Patrick’s Day race. There are so many creative St. Patrick’s Day runs all across the US to suit every runner around leprechaun season. Whether you’re looking for a Saint Patrick’s Day 5k, a St Patrick’s Day 10k or Saint Patrick’s Day half marathon, there’s many options around the U.S.

Check out the ten of the best, most creative runs celebrating St. Patrick’s Day:

FOR THE RUNNER WHO LOVES CRAFT BEER

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Date: March 12, 2016

It’s quite fitting that the “Capital of Craft” would hold a race with an unlimited beer tasting afterwards! Some of the breweries joining at the EC Craft Beer Invitational after this race include Coronado Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company, Belching Beaver and other craft beer San Diego super stars. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with beer? Especially after running a half marathon, where a cold brew is most definitely deserved after hitting all those miles! And BONUS: Miles & Pace will be in attendance! Check us out at the expo! Use promo code “vendor16” for $10 off your registration.

St. Patrick's Day Run


FOR THE PET-LOVING RUNNER

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run

Location: Glendale, Arizona

Date: March 12, 2016

Why leave your furry friend at home when he can be part of the festivities? Leashed pets are welcome at this race and there are costume prizes for people and their pets, so you and Sparky can both head home with some “race bling.” This race comes complete with options for four different distances, perfect for a holiday celebrating four-leaf clovers! Choose from the 1k, 4k, 8k or 17k on this fun race which starts at 7:17 (for those lucky 7s of course)! The finishers medal is also a handy bottle opener, which makes post-race beers even more convenient.


FOR THE RUNNER WHO LIKES A GOOD POST-RACE PARTY

Runnin’ Of The Green Lucky 5K

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: March 13, 2016

This St. Patrick’s Day 5k is known for its legendary block party after the race.  The party takes up three blocks and features live Irish music, corned beef, Reed Irish dancers, Colorado Youth Pipe Band and Killian's Beer from Coors. It’s been voted “Race of the Year” TWICE by Colorado Magazine, which means this is definitely a race to try at least once.         

Runnin' of the Green Lucky 5k Denver Colorado


FOR THE RUNNER WHO LIKES A CHALLENGE

Shamrock Shuffle

Location: Harmony, Pennsylvania

Date: March 19, 2016

If you’re looking for a Saint Patrick’s Day race that pushes you even more, Shamrock Shuffle could be for you. This half marathon is one of the toughest half marathons in the tri-state area with a big climb about six miles into the race. Yet, the climb is worth it, because at the top of the hill runners can enjoy additional challenges such as keg stands, jello shots and green beer. The 5K and 1 mile races are family friendly events on rolling hills (reminiscent of the rolling green hills of Ireland!). Runners have the option to run all three races- 1 mile, 5k AND half marathon. Now that’s a challenge!


FOR THE FAST RUNNER

Lucky Leprechaun 5k

Location: Reston, Virginia

Date: March 12, 2016

Feeling lucky? Sign up for this 5k as it is known for its cash prizes for winners. Dash as fast as a leprechaun for the chance to win cash prizes! There will be cash awards for the top 3 overall male and females ($300-$200-$100).


FOR THE COSTUMED RUNNER

Leprechaun Lope

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Date: March 12, 2016

It’s not called the Leprechaun Lope for nothing! This race is a fun one because real leprechauns are hiding on the course. This race is known for how much runners get into their costumes. Over 1000 costumed people all get together in their greenest and costumed attire, making this lope even more fun.

St. Patrick's Day Run


FOR A RUNNER WHO WANTS A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT

Get Em to the Green

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Date: March 19, 2016

This race comes free with complimentary entry into Columbia’s St. Pat’s Festival so the celebration will continue after you cross that finish line. This festival is known for its parade + playland for your younger leprechauns. Get to the Green features 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run events in which participants chase rainbows in pursuit of a pot of gold.

 

FOR THE RUNNER WHO LOVES NATURE

Go Green St. Patricks Day

Location: Los Gatos, California

Date: March 13, 2016

This scenic run takes you through Vasona Park so you can admire the natural greenery while decked out head-to-toe in all green. If you like to be surrounded by nature’s beauty to distract you while hitting your miles, this may be a good fit!

Go Green St. Patrick's Day Run

FOR THE MUSIC-LOVING RUNNER

Kona Shamrock Run

Location: Plymouth, Michigan

Date: March 6, 2016

Wear rocker clothes or come decked out in green for this fun rock and roll/St. Patrick’s Day hybrid race. The race comes complete with the jams you need to get you through, featuring live music and a DJ.

 

FOR THE RUNNER WHO LOVES A RACE WITH HISTORY

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Location: Seattle, Washington

Date: March 13, 2016

Run, Walk, Jog or Crawl! This St. Patty’s Day race celebrates the arrival of spring and the Irish in us all. It began in 1985 as a race between bars and as a training event for an Irish Olympian. Now, it’s Seattle’s largest single-distance run where the winners cross the finish before the last person starts. The Dash fills 5 kilometers of Seattle streets with a rippling ribbon of green, starting and finishing at Seattle Center, winding through downtown Seattle along 4th Ave, filling the entire street with Irish spirit. Festivities after this race include “Leprechaun Lair family fun” in the Seattle’s Children’s Museum, the Stout Pounders band, a post dash beer garden and an Irish Heritage Week Festival.

St. Patrick's Day Dash Run

Which of these will you be participating in? Time to start planning your outfit and our "Shamrock" themed run trucker hat is the perfect accent to your St. Patrick's Day run.

 


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[ Note all photos in this blog post are event photos, for more information on any of the events mention, please click their title to visit their event website. ]

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