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St. Patrick's Day Running Events Happen Through-out the Greater Seattle Area

Running on sand is great training for 5K events.
Karen Ulvestad

St. Patrick's Day celebrations include 3 running/walking events in the greater Seattle area. All are annual events, though the dates change yearly. The biggest in the area happens in Seattle around the Seattle Center. This is a new location for the event. The eastside holds their own event in Kirkland, which caters to serious runners and families. The last is held south of Seattle in Tacoma. All 3 events encourage approrpriate costumes.

The 30th annual St. Patrick's Day Dash happens on March 16th in Seattle. This is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day events in the greater Seattle area, and it is for all ages. Participants in this event span 3 generations - children, parents/adults, and grandparents/seniors. It is fun for the whole family.

The running events start at 8 a.m. with the Leprechaun Lap for children 10 and under. The first waves of timed/un-timed competition starts at 9 a.m. This event encourages St. Patrick theme costumes, and is a colorful event. Registration can be completed on-line. Their website includes information on parking, activities, and schedules. For complete information, visit their website.

The 3rd annual Kirkland Shamrock Run happens on March 15th in the city of Kirkland. This 5K run starts and finishes at the Kirkland Marina Park. There will be 6 waves of participants in this event. The first 3 are for runners, the 4th is for dogs and their owners, the 5th is for strollers, and the last wave is for walkers.

This is a family friendly event, that includes activities for everyone. After the race, participants are welcome to attend the Kirkland Shamrock Run After Party. For more information, visit their website.

The 6th annual St. Paddy's Day Run happens on March 15th in Tacoma. There are 3 distances to run in this event, and a 1K for children. Runners choose to run either a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon. The first wave is the half-marathon, which starts at 8:10 a.m., and participants need to complete it within 3 hours. The 10K is the second wave. The 5K is for both runners and walkers, and is the last wave to start. The last event of the day is the kids 1K.

Participants over 21 are welcome to participate at the post party for the event. Registration for this event must be done on-line. For more information, visit their website.

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