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7 best St. Patrick's Day races in the U.S.

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With shamrocks, leprechauns and a promise to find your pot o' gold, St. Patrick's Day races in the U.S. are a fun way to celebrate the green-filled holiday. There are nearly 500 different races to choose from in the U.S., each boasting their own special qualities. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event or want to celebrate with green beer at the finish, here are seven of the best St. Patrick's Day races to consider adding to your schedule.

Kiss Me I'm Irish
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Kiss Me I'm Irish

Held in Glendale, Arizona, on March 15, 2014, Kiss Me I'm Irish features a 17k, 8k, 4k and even a 1k run for children. In true St. Patrick's Day fashion, the races kick off at 7:17 a.m. All finishers over the age of 21 will be able to enjoy cold beer at the post-race celebration. 

Running of the Green Lucky 7k
Running of the Green Lucky 7k Denver Westward

Running of the Green Lucky 7k

A family-oriented race benefiting the Volunteers of America, the Running of the Green Lucky 7k has been held in Denver for the past 25 years. The 2014 race will be held on March 16, with the race starting in front of Union Station at 10:15 a.m. 

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Starting and ending in Chicago's famed Grant Park, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle is an 8k race that allows you to keep your St. Patrick's Day celebrations alive, as it will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014. With 40,000 participants, it is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day runs in the U.S.

Leprechaun Lope
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Leprechaun Lope

In its 25th year, the Leprechaun Lope boasts 10k and 5k races, as well as a two-mile fun run. The race, which will be held on Saturday, March 15, benefits Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. The race starts at Utah's State Capitol building in Salt Lake City.  

Color Ye Irish Run
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Color Ye Irish Run

Paint runs are taking the country by storm, and what's more fun than to combine your St. Patrick's Day celebrations with bombs of color? The Color Ye Irish Run, held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Temecula, CA, gives you the opportunity to kick-off your St. Patrick's Day weekend right. Finishers can enjoy Irish food and beer at the post-race celebration.

Erin Go Braugh 7.77k
Erin Go Braugh 7.77k Erin Go Braugh 7.77k

Erin Go Braugh 7.77k

If seven is your lucky number, look no further than the Erin Go Braugh 7.77k. The race, which will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, adds some extra luck into your life. As if that isn't enough, you can enjoy some Lucky Charms at the finish line after enduring the speedy race in Westminster, CO. 

Shamrock Marathon
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Shamrock Marathon

When a leprechaun serves as the race MC, you know it's going to be a great day. The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, held on Sunday, March 16, allows you to experience the Luck of the Irish over the 26.2 mile course. If you up for something a little shorter, try the half marathon or 8k. While online registration is now closed, you can register at the expo on Friday, March 14.

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