10 St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathons You Can Run in 2015



1) Shamrock Half Marathon • Virginia Beach, VA

The Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach draws a huge number of participants. Runners flock to this fast and flat loop course for PRs and a great post-race party. Participants don their best green tech gear as the St. Patrick’s holiday falls somewhere in the week of the race each year. Enjoy Yuengling beer and Murphy’s Irish Stew after crossing the finish line.

2) St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon • El Cajon, CA

With $1,000 worth of prize money awarded to the top male and female winners, the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon in El Cajon is sure to draw a fast crowd. The out-and-back course contains two hills in the first 5 miles and then flattens out for the second half. Even if they aren’t wearing green, all runners 21 and over will receive all day entry to the EC Craft Beer Invitational.

3) Get Lucky Triple 7K/Half Marathon • St. Paul, MN

The Get Lucky Triple 7K is an out-and-back race that runs parallel to the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Runners can expect a fast, flat, and chilly course. After 13.1 miles, runners have a chance to refuel with a slice of Green Mill pizza and Finnegan’s beer.

4) Shamrock’n Half • Sacramento, CA

This Sacramento race series draws upwards of 10,000 participants for all the racing events. Runners entering the half marathon will enjoy a scenic loop course that passes the historic Tower Bridge, the State Capitol, and finishes on Raley Field. Finishers will receive numerous light snacks upon completion and runners 21 and over will be able to enjoy 1 complimentary beer.

5) Go Green Saint Patrick’s Day Run • Los Gatos, CA

Capped at 1,500 runners, the Go Green Saint Patrick’s Day Run is likely to sell out. The course is over the lakeside trails in scenic Vasona Park in Los Gatos. Runners will receive a handy green tech t-shirt in their goody bag to get them in the spirit of the upcoming holiday.

6) Shamrock Half Marathon • Portland, OR

The Shamrock Half Marathon is a loop course that is on the western side of the Willamette River in Portland. In keeping of the spirit of the beer drinking holiday, runners will receive a bottle opener medal. Though there are no prizes for wearing the most green, overall winners will receive their weight in beer from Widmer Brothers, a local brewery.

7) St. Paddy’s Day Run • Tacoma, WA

The half marathon course of the St. Paddy’s Day Run features a few rolling hills and scenic water views of Commencement Bay and the Puget Sound. Runners will travel along a mostly out-and-back course with a few small loops. Invite all your friends as this annual event also features a 10K, 5K, and a 1K kid’s fun run with walker friendly options.

8) Run To The Pub Half Marathon • Bozeman, MT

The point-to-point course of the Run To The Pub Half Marathon features one large incline to mile 3 and the rest is literally downhill. Runners will have plenty of opportunities to win prizes relating to St. Patrick’s Day.

Whether it is winning the costume contest, running the fastest, or simply earning one of 4 chances to win a trip to Dublin, Ireland, this race has everything. Finishers will receive a tech t-shirt, pint glass, and a complimentary beer if they are 21 and over.

9) St. Patrick’s Day Run Fest Half Marathon • Hagerstown, MD

The half marathon is just one of the races offered at the St. Patrick’s Day Run Fest in Hagerstown, Maryland. The 13.1 distance is raced entirely on pavement and runners will enjoy entertainment along the course. Live bagpipe music will kick off the race at the starting line and an after party will keep things lively into the afternoon.

10) City Of Seneca Half Marathon • Seneca, SC

With a tagline of Run For The Green! and a $1,000 cash prize to the top male and female finisher, the City Of Seneca Half Marathon takes the pot o’ gold legend seriously. Plus, the best outfit wins $100!

The race features some out-and-back sections along with loops throughout downtown Seneca. After crossing the finish line, runners can enjoy live music at the after party along with light food and beer.

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