3 Reasons you Should Register for an Irish Themed Race
If you feel particularly lucky, maybe you should signup for a Irish themed race in March. As a way to celebrate not breaking your leg on the ice, it is a great reward. Something that always eases me back into racing is a more casual, Irish themed race.
I am perhaps a little too serious about NOT dressing in costume when I run. Irish races are the exception – the rare occasion when everybody dresses up to run (Thanksgiving and Halloween being the others).
An Irish themed race is also fun because they symbolize the beginning of spring. That said, the weather is always a bit of mystery this time of year. In recent memory, one year it was mid-60’s. Another year, single digits.
Should You Run?
Before you jump on this important decision, answer the following three questions.
- Do you need to add a little fun to your winter running routine?
- Do you need a less serious race where you can dress a little goofy to ease your way back into racing after a winter of building boring base miles?
- Do you enjoy an excuse to go out for brunch, or drink green beer with friends (or strangers you just met)?
If you answered yes to any of those, you need to find an Irish themed race!
Now that that’s settled, here are 9 to choose from. You can race a 4K (2.48 miles), 7K (4.35 miles) 8K (4.97 miles) as well as the regular distances. While spring won’t be around for another [what’s your best guess?], now is a great opportunity to shake off the winter cobwebs.
Saturday, March 7
Chase a Leprechaun 5k
8 am, Becker Minnesota.
If you want to literally chase a leprechaun, this is for you. Chase a Leprechaun 5k is a family friendly event part of the Becker Race Series. If you’re also looking for a race on the smaller side, you may enjoy this as it ranges from 80 – 140 runners.
Tracy Otto, Fitness Coordinator at the Becker Community Center says this about the race.
The Chase a Leprechaun 5k is your chance to chase down a real Leprechaun in pursuit of the pot of Gold, (gold medal that is!). Irish spirited costumes are strongly encouraged and rewarded.
Saturday, March 14
Hands down, this Saturday is hosting the most events of any this month. If you’d like to begin your St. Patrick’s day celebration a little early, why not begin with one of these? There are distances ranging from 4K to half marathon, with some random ones thrown in.
Get Lucky Half Marathon & 7k
9:00 am 7K, Minneapolis, 21K St. Paul
The costumes really make this race rock! When I ran the Get Lucky 7k in the past, the starting line looks like a bunch of ants streaming towards hill; down every street, alley and corridor.
Here is our half marathon race preview from 2014.
This is one of the larger races in the state. In 2014, there were 2,190 finishers in the half marathon and 10,198 in the 7k! If you don’t like crowds, this is not your event.
Jake O’Connor’s Luck o’ The Lake 5k
9:00 am, Excelsior, Minnesota
The 3rd Annual Jake O’Connor’s Luck o’ the Lake 5K is run on the beautiful streets of downtown Excelsior. Enjoy running along the shores of Lake Minnetonka and finish with a St. Paddy’s Day Celebration in Excelsior!
Clover Dash 5k
9:30 am, Crosslake Minnesota
Now in the second year, the Clover Dash 5k takes you through the woods of northern Minnesota, and finishes with Crosslake’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration.
Saint Fennessy 4k
9:30 am, Hermantown Minnesota.
Come celebrate the Irish in you with a quick early spring run that lands you in the “heart of Ireland” at McKenzie’s Bar and Grill in Hermantown.
The Saint Fennessy 4K was created in honor of longtime Grandma’s Marathon friend Don Fennessy, who passed away in 2011. Don was an original member of both the Grandma’s Marathon board and Young Athletes Foundation committee, and was inducted into the Grandma’s Marathon Hall of Fame in 2004.
Everybody’s Irish 5k
10:00 am, Minneapolis, MN
Now in its second year, Everybody’s Irish 5k is designed to “inspire the Irish Man/Woman in all of us.” It is a perfect morning stroll to start off the celebration of your real (or fake) Irish heritage.
The race gives you a tour around beautiful Lake Calhoun in one of the most festive sections of Minneapolis. According to Keith, one of the race promoters, the most unique part of the Everybody’s Irish 5K is,
its local feel, bringing a personal feel and combining it with big numbers. No overwhelming lines, no ridiculous amount of wait time before being able to actually run, you get the convenience of the small run and the perks of a big run.
He also mentioned that Nichole (who we have mentioned here) said it best…
I was surprised that even though it’s a big race, it feels small. Not sure how you make that happen… but that is a huge perk for racers!
Shake Your Shamrock 5k, 8k
12:00 pm, Centerville, MN
8K? 5K? Kids Run? The Shake Your Shamrock run has a little something for everyone. After the race enjoy a free green beer (to those of legal age). All 8K and 5K finishers will receive a commemorative glass.
Irish Scamper 5K
4:00 pm, Maple Lake, MN
Sunday, March 15
St. Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k
9:00 am, Maple Grove, MN
Run or walk around Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, MN. The St. Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k is a USATF certified course. After, return to Complimentary Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant for Breakfast, Beer, 2 Gingers, cold and hot light beverages, Live Irish Music & More Irish Hospitality!
Make sure you have your sound turned on when you visit the race website.
Saturday, March 21
O’ Gara’s Irish Run
10:00 am, St. Paul, MN
New this year, the O’Gara’s Irish Run is a fast course down Selby Ave. in St. Paul. They are offering an 8K and 5K, and runners can expect to receive a technical shirt and drink ticket.
For all Irish races, with updated dates, see below.
What other Irish themed races are going on in March? Are you running one? Share below.