2016 St. Patrick's Day Races
Whether you're after the free finish line beer, a chance at winning the costume contest or just another opportunity to get yourself moving with friends and family, these races have something for everyone.
Shamrock 'N Roll Road RaceMarch 6, 2016; Atlanta 1 of 10
This 12th annual race features a 5K, 10K and 1K kids run, making it a great option for the entire family.
Dogs and strollers are also welcome on the course, which runs through Atlantic Station, a popular destination for shopping and dining in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. T-shirts go to the first 2,400 registrants, and all runners receive free race day photos.
Kiss Me I'm Irish Run/WalkMarch 12, 2016; Glendale, Ariz. 2 of 10
As Arizona's Largest St. Patrick's Run, this race switches things up by offering different distances than what runners are used to.
The event features 17K and 8K options, but what really stands out is its 4K "four-leaf clover" run/walk, where participants search for lucky four-leaf clovers hidden along the course that they can redeem for prizes. Finishers of all races receive a medal and a free beer, and prizes will be handed out for best costume, including a special canine category.
27th Annual Leprechaun Lope 5K, 10K and 2-Mile Fun RunMarch 12, 2016; Salt Lake City 3 of 10
The 10K, 5K and 2-mile fun run all start at the Utah State Capitol and finish in Memory Grove Park. All proceeds go directly to Our Lady of Lourdes School, a local K-8 elementary school.
Interested in making it a group activity? Join as a "centipede"—four runners linked together by a common costume or identifier. Don't forget to watch for leprechauns hiding along the course.
Dirty LeprechaunMarch 12, 2016; Tualatin, Ore. 4 of 10
This 5K mud run encourages you to get down and dirty this St. Patty's Day with over 20 challenging obstacles placed around Lee Farms, a family-owned farm since 1869.
At the finish, celebrate all your hard work with a free drink (choices include beer, mimosas or cider), food, music and a bonfire. Participation is capped at 1,000, and all registrants receive a commemorative Dirty Leprechaun T-shirt.
St. Patrick's Day 5K RunMarch 12, 2016; Newhall, Calif. 5 of 10
This 5K run is celebrating its 36th anniversary and features a special course run through the historic oil-drilling town of Mentryville.
Enjoy the history lesson as you run by famous oil tycoon Charles Mentry's grand 13-room mansion, an old one-room schoolhouse and barn from the late 19th century. The elevation climb is around 330 feet, making for a moderately difficult run.
Everybody's Irish 5KMarch 12, 2016, Minneapolis 6 of 10
This 5K course winds along Lake Calhoun, the largest lake in Minneapolis, for an especially scenic St. Patrick's Day run.
Finishers receive a custom medal, a chance at the competitive costume contest and access to a special post-race photo station. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.
St. Patrick's Day Half Marathon, 5K, Tribes and Clans CompetitionMarch 12, 2016, El Cajon, Calif. 7 of 10
This race has half marathon and 5K distances, both of which start and finish in Downtown El Cajon. There's also a special Tribes and Clans Competition, which pairs the 5K run with an all-out fitness throwdown, complete with obstacles and lifting challenges.
Finishers of all races receive free race day photos, a finisher's medal, a high quality tech shirt (with women's cut available) and—the most coveted prize of all—free entry to the EC Craft Beer Invitational.
St. Pat's Get to the GreenMarch 19, 2016, Columbia, S.C. 8 of 10
This road race offers 10K and 5K distances, as well as a 1-mile family fun run. All participants receive a customer finisher's medal and free entry to the St. Pat's in Five Points Festival, an annual street festival that draws in around 40,000 spectators, making it one of the largest St. Patty's Day celebrations in the Southeast.
St. Patrick's Day Road RaceMarch 20, 2016, Boston 9 of 10
This 5K race has been a "Southie" tradition since 1940, and it takes place right before the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston.
All proceeds benefit the local Boys and Girls Club, where the course starts and finishes. The first 650 people to register receive an official race T-shirt.