Saint Patrick's Day Dash
March 17th, 2013 - www.stpatsdash.com
A competition for his love
Alan Bonnie and Regina Joyce were in love. Alan was a UW track coach and Joyce was an elite Irish runner who moved to Seattle. Joyce wanted to represent Ireland on her national team, but was lacking competition and qualifying times. Alan did the only thing he could do to keep his love happy - he started the Seattle St. Patrick's Day dash. That was 1984 and there were few participants. Today there are 10 to 15,000 runners that participate in the race.
Oh, did I mention that there is a beer party at the end. But that's not all that's going on for anyone who claims to be Irish. The Seattle Center hosts the Irish week which ends on St. Pats Day with a Festival, the St. Patrick's Day Parade the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, the laying of the "Green Stripe" the night before St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Time: Race is run in heats. Every 15 minutes a new wave. Starts at 8:30 am
Locations: Start at Seattle Center end at Mariner's stadium, Seattle Washington
Cost: Free to watch - Entry fee to run.
* Must preregister for this race– at several locations listed on www.StPatsDash.com . If you can't get online check with a lot of the pubs and bars in the Seattle area. for registration forms. It's an Irish thing. : )
* If you drink after the race has a designated driver to take you home or call a cab.
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