Four Fun Runs to Register for This St. Patrick’s Day

Break out the running shoes before sipping a pint.


When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, the first things that usually come to mind are Irish parades, Guinness, corned beef (boiled bacon) and cabbage or maybe even green beer. This year, before you indulge in fun Irish festivities, get your green garb on, tie up your laces and get running in a St. Patty’s 5-K.

Plus, we bet that pint of Guinness (or three) will taste that much more satisfying afterward!


Shamrock Shuffle 5-K, March 16

This race is the final 3.1-mile race in the Tour de Patrick. It will begin and end at North Kingstown High School at 11 a.m. Entrants are encouraged to arrive early to park and receive their racing bibs before the race begins. The first 750 entrants will recieve long sleeve technical shirts, while those after will receive a standard race T-shirt. All finishers will also get medallions to commemorate crossing the finish line. Register for the race here.


Mystic Irish 5-K, March 16

Take a short drive just over the Rhode Island border to Mystic, Connecticut, to participate in the town’s annual road race. The race route will begin at 10 a.m. on Pearl Street and travels just along scenic River Road on the banks of the Mystic River. Runners who donate $5 to the scholarship program which helps local families in need, will receive a pair of green shoe laces. Those who wear the laces while running are also eligible for further prizes post-race. Winners will also be invited to walk in the parade on Sunday. Register here.


FIT Challenge ‘Rock 5-K, March 17

Putting the ‘rock’ in ‘shamrock,’ this race will take place at the Cumberland Monastery with a kickoff time at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Participants can choose from a 5-K or five-mile race course depending on their level/comfort of running. Plus, kiddos can participate in a three-quarter-mile race. All runners will receive finisher medals and prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female in different categories. Sign up here.


Guinness Ireland 5-K, March 31

Post-race parties are guaranteed after this New Bedford, Massachusetts 5-K. Runners will line up at 11 a.m. at the intersection of McArthur Drive and Union Street, and race towards the finish line of festivities. Although the race may take place after St. Patrick’s Day, running a 5-K is a good excuse to continue the celebration. Registrants will receive a long sleeve technical shirt. Sign up online here.



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