A St. Patrick's Day Celebration on the Run—An Ras Mor, the Original

Springtime is coming and so is St. Patrick's Day. Or is it the other way around? There will be a strong touch of the spectacular Emerald Isle on March 13, 2011 at the An Ras Mor at the Asgard Irish Pub and Restaurant, 350 Mass Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is the original Irish-themed race by the Somerville Road Runners, a club of the famous Mill Cities Alliance.

This race will be a gem all right, and will celebrate the coming St. Patrick's Day in a really big way, just a little bit in advance. This will be the 14th annual An Ras Mor, originally run in Somerville, and you will not want to miss this terrific party and spring tradition. What a way to kick off the new racing season. This Ras (race) is green through and through. Yes, it's dripping green. It is part of the very popular New England Runner Pub Series, and everyone who misses this one will be green with envy.

The event is sponsored by Marathon Sports, Whole Foods Market, Peak Organic Brewing Company, and of course New England Runner. You know you will have the best at this post race party! The race proceeds will benefit the Sanfilippo Research Foundation, Cambridge Family and Children's Services, and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School Track Team. So in this case you know your money is going to a good cause.

This racecourse is a USATF-certified 5K, #MA04003RN, and it is almost completely flat, and mostly on Mass Avenue. The course runs through much of Mass Avenue beginning on Sidney Street near Kendall Square, and just around the corner from the Asgard. It runs basically out-and-back on Mass Ave. to Harvard Square with a loop there and a return to finish on Simon Street. How many time do you get that chance to actually run on that road? And then the party begins! Good food, good music, and great traditions: This has the makings of a post race party like no other.

The An Ras Mor 5K is the most genuine Irish race this side of the Atlantic. Since it is part of the New England Runner Pub Series, demand this year will be through the roof so get your registration in now online; don't wait until race day. To accommodate this the Somerville Road Runners will pay your registration service fee for you, so all you pay is the basic $25—save bucks over race day. The first 600 to register will get a custom An
Ras Mor T-shirt.

Cash awards will be offered for the top three women and top three men, and there will be prizes for traditional 10-year age groups divisions.

Runners the world over—and walkers too--are invited to Cambridge, Massachusetts to enjoy a memorable race and St. Patrick's Day celebration. The race will start at 10:00, with packet pickup and late registration available at the Asgard Pub from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45. It is easy to get to—best to take the T Red Line. Ride to Central Square, exit the T and walk east (toward Boston) on Mass Avenue, about 500 meters down.

Ireland—what an impact it has had considering the size of the country. For St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish. At the An Ras Mor 5K everyone will feel like a winner. How can you go wrong? And remember, some costumed celebrants will be running with you, and all will be enjoying the pre and post-race atmospher —Irish music, Irish food, and the Asgard Pub! Wow! Oh yeah, the 5K run will be enjoyable too!

It's the real McCoy, if you pardon the expression. This is no superficial "St. Patrick's Day". This, my friends, is "Beannachtai na feile Padraig", or Happy St. Patrick's Day, for real. Some terrifically hard work has gone into making this a genuinely unique and enjoyable experience, and the Somerville Road Runners do a really good job on preparing for your racing experience. And as a result, this event offers about as much fun as you can have in racing a 5K in March.

As successful as the first 13 years were, this year promises to be even greater. It will have the genuine feel of Ireland. And the Pub Series has proven to be a very popular way to celebrate the sport and the connection of many races to Pubs and a few good brews. By the way, Peak Organic will really please the discerning thirsty runner.

Don't Miss the Fun
This is definitely your spring race. Make it a springboard to a terrifically successful and enjoyable season. You can tune-up for your spring season already underway, or shake off the winter blues and measure your fitness after a restful off-season. Join in the celebration. St. Patrick's Day is an appreciation of resolute determination and resilience—wonderful attributes for runners. Join the Somerville Road Runners in Cambridge for An Ras Mor!

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