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Running with a Little Luck of the Irish - St. Patrick's Day Races

Posted on March 02 2017

Get out your green and start shaking your shamrocks because the season for St. Patrick's Day races is upon us. 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 a fun race waiting for you!

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 5, 2017

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! 

For more information about the race: http://www.stpatricksdayhalf.com/

St. Patrick's Day Run


FOR THE PET-LOVING RUNNER

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run

Location: Glendale, Arizona

Date: March 18, 2017

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 more information about this race: http://www.irishrunaz.com/


FOR THE RUNNER WHO LIKES A GOOD POST-RACE PARTY

Runnin’ Of The Green Lucky 5K

Location: Denver, Colorado

Date: March 12, 2017

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.   

For more information about this race: http://www.rotg.org/      

Runnin' of the Green Lucky 5k Denver Colorado


FOR THE BEER LOVING RUNNER

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Date: March 11, 2017

If your favorite part of St. Patrick's Day is the copious amounts of beer you get to enjoy, you may want to sign up for this fun run! With a beer garden featuring some of the best craft beer in the country- Coronado Brewing, Ballast Point and Stone Brewing- you'll be powering through those two or four miles with the vision of a cold craft beer waiting at the end for you.

For more information about this race: http://www.active.com/san-diego-ca/running/distance-running-races/st-patrick-s-day-10k-2-and-4-mile-fun-run-2017

FOR THE FAST RUNNER

Lucky Leprechaun 5k

Location: Reston, Virginia

Date: March 12, 2017

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 more information about this race: http://www.prraces.com/luckyleprechaun/


FOR THE COSTUMED RUNNER

Leprechaun Lope

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Date: March 18, 2017

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.

For more information about this race: http://www.lourdesschool.org/lope

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 18, 2017

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 + play land 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 more information about this race: http://gettothegreen.com/

FOR THE RUNNER WHO LOVES NATURE

Go Green St. Patricks Day

Location: Los Gatos, California

Date: March 12, 2017

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!

For more information about this race: http://www.finishlineproduction.com/events/running/GoGreen/GoGreen.html

Go Green St. Patrick's Day Run

FOR THE RUNNER WHO WANTS THE FULL IRISH EXPERIENCE

Fiddler's Green 5k

Location: Winter Park, Florida

Date: March 4, 2017 

The Fiddler's Green 5k started as "an excuse to get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day," and it'll certainly get you in the spirit. After the miles, runners invited back to Fiddlers Green Irish Pub for an Irish breakfast and a free beer. Live Irish entertainment is provided by Celtic Clan. The house band from the Black Rose Bar in Boston will perform along with Irish dancers, bagpipes, and more, for the whole experience!

For more information about this race: http://www.fiddsgives.org/

FOR THE RUNNER WHO LOVES A RACE WITH HISTORY

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Location: Seattle, Washington

Date: March 12, 2017

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.

For more information about this race: http://stpatsdash.com/index.php

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 and Luck of the Irish tank are the perfect accents 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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