Friday Five: 5 St. Patrick’s Day Events To Watch For

Hope you have your green clothes ready, it’s time for some St. Patrick’s Day races! You’ll be hard-pressed to find any races in the first two weeks of March that don’t feature shamrocks, leprechauns, or pots of gold, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As the calendar shifts from February to March, here’s our look at 5 St. Patrick’s Day-themed races to get yourself moving as spring arrives.

1. Shillelagh Four Mile Run & Walk: March 9, Flushing

Run through downtown Flushing the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day festivities on a four-mile course that winds through city streets and nearby neighborhoods. Kids have the option of entering the Leprechaun Lope, a 1/4-mile race downtown. The Shillelagh Four Mile Run is part of the Bauman’s Winter Series of Races that began on New Year’s Day.

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2. Shamrocks & Shenanigans: March 10, Ann Arbor

Conor O’Neill’s will host the 2013 Shamrocks & Shenanigans race in downtown Ann Arbor. The course will head south on Main St. to Michigan Stadium before heading back through the streets of downtown. Not only do participants get a tech shirt, but the first 2,345 5K finishers also receive Shamrocks & Shenanigans pint glasses. Get to Ann Arbor early on March 10 and enjoy an early St. Patty’s Day.

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3. Irish Jig 2013: March 16, East Grand Rapids

For those of you on the west side of Michigan, celebrate the 30th running of the Spectrum Health Irish Jig. The Irish Jig begins and ends right next to Reeds Lake and EGR High School. The first 4,000 preregistered runners will all receive a special 30th anniversary memento, so sign up ASAP. Need further inspiration? This is the first of the Gazelle Sports Triple Crown Series, combined with two races in June.

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4. Leprechaun Loop: March 16, Port Huron

The Blue Water YMCA in Port Huron will host the 11th annual Leprechaun Loop, including a 10K/5K run, and 2K walk. The course will travel along the St. Clair River and downtown Port Huron before ending at the YMCA. Don’t be afraid to dress up–awards will be given for the “most innovative outfit, greenest garb, and best leprechaun.” The Leprechaun Loop is also the first event in the inaugural 2013 YMCA Run Series, with the other two races taking place in June and December, respectively.

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5. Shamrock ‘n’ Roll Run: March 17, Plymouth

We can’t have a St. Patrick’s Day list without an actual event on March 17. Bring your green to Plymouth on Sunday morning and take part in either the 10K, 5K, or Hard Rock Mile. Races will take off from 8 a.m. through 9:10 a.m., with multiple waves for each run. And yes, there will be a costume contest. Take part in the first leg of the Kona Running Company Triple Crown Series, and get on your way towards earning some sweet prizes.

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How’d we do? What events are you most looking forward to?

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