Here are the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day 5K races in the Greater Boston area.
St. Patrick’s Day 5K races, like most holiday themed races, take place around the actual holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday March 17th, 2023
This gives you the opportunity to run a St. Patrick’s Day themed race two weekends in a row or twice in a weekend if you want!
To register for a race click the race title or the registration information link.
To order a finisher’s medal for your runner, click HERE.
11 March | 9:00 AM | Saturday | Medway
Sponsored by the Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, the race raises funds for Medway’s elementary schools.
Supporting creative arts programs, cultural arts programming, teacher appreciation events, and other activities that benefit Medway schools and enhance the children’s education.
The 5K course winds through the scenic back roads of Medway and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, including children and families.
Registration is: Adults $30, 17 and under is $20. T-shirts available through February 1st.
Now in it’s 12th year, this race has cash awards for the top three male and female finishers. Age group medals for first through third place runners will be awarded. This race does not have a finisher’s medal for all runners.
18 March | 11:00 AM | Saturday | Plymouth
This race is based out of the DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Registration includes one free beer ticket for the post race party.
Kathy Frank Scholarship Fund – providing a scholarship to a graduate of Silver Lake High School going into the field of nursing in memory of Kathy Frank.
Kathy was a Kingston resident and a nurse at South Shore Hospital who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in April 2011.
Registration is $30 for adults, $20 for 11 – 20 and 70+, and $15 for 10 and under. Add $5 for race day registration. T-shirt with registrations through February 26th.
Awards for top 1-3, male and female and 1st place age-group runners.
This race does not have a finisher’s medal for all runners.
11 March | Noon | Saturday | Sharon
Registration is: $30, $35 day of race. The first 300 to register receive a long-sleeve tech t-shirt. This race often draws up to 800 runners, so sign up before they hit capacity.
Event location: Mick Morgan\’s Irish Pub, 973 Providence Highway (Route 1), Sharon, Massachusetts 02067
Proceeds support HESSCO programs and services of providing support and services to seniors, individuals living with a disability and their caregivers in South Norfolk County.
HESSCO packages and delivers an average of 130,000 home delivered meals each year and serves an additional 30,000 meals annually in dining room settings. Our drivers not only deliver a hot, nutritious meal, but they provide a wellness check and a friendly visit. For many, this is the difference needed to maintain their dignity and independence at home.
It appears that this race does not provide a finishers medal to all runners. If you are bringing someone to their First 5K, make sure to order a My First 5K medal for them!
18 March | 10:00 AM | Saturday | Marshfield
This St. Patrick’s Day 5K is sponsored by the Marshfield Education Foundation and is now in it’s 13th year. This USATF certified race usually draws over 2,000 runners.
Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for 19 and under. After March 11th, registration is $35.
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at “America’s Most Irish Road Race”! Wear your green and join 4,000 runners, walkers and crawlers at the South Shore’s premier road race!
Flat, fast, USATF certified 5K ocean course with cash prizes ($683,$250,$100) for the top three overall male and female, along with $317 ($1,000 total!) for a new male or female course record! (M-14:39 & F-16:28). Age group awards first through third.
Great finish parties at the pubs and restaurants of Brant Rock! A fun day for all!!
11 March | 10:00 AM | Saturday | Portsmouth, NH
This race is entirely within the Pease Development Authority, on straight paved roads. These races used to be held in Salisbury Beach State Park.
The 5K is a single loop and the 10K is two loops plus a bit.
5k & 10k participants (21+ only) may redeem their Sam Adams beer ticket at Paddy’s American Grille or at Cisco Brewers, Portsmouth.
FREE photos and finish line video will be available at no additional cost! There is also a gear check for these races!
Age group awards start at 19 & under for both the 5K and 10K.
5K – $30 through race day of if available. Ages 12-20 $30 and under 11 is $10.
10K – $40 through race day of if available for all age groups.
Age group and top three male and female runners will receive awards.
Hyannis Shamrock Shuffle
15 March – 11:00 AM – Sunday – Hyannis – cancelled?
This race is based out of the Michael Aselton Memorial Park in Hyannis. Registration includes a beer ticket for the post race party.
Proceeds benefit The Shawn Thornton Foundation. The Shawn Thornton Foundation is dedicated to helping find cures for diseases close to Shawn’s heart, specifically, Parkinson’s and cancer.
Registration was $30 for adults, $20 for 11 to 20 and $15 for 10 and under. Add $5 for race day registration.
19 March | 11:00 AM | Sunday | South Boston
A Southie tradition since 1940, this race takes place just before the famous South Boston St. Patrick Day’s Parade.
The race is hosted and sponsored by Keystone, the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club Teen Leadership Program. Funds raised at the race will help support the Keystone program.
Event location: 230 West Sixth Street Boston, MA
Registration is open for only $30.00 though March 10th.
Registration is limited to 650 runners and the race always sells out, so don’t wait!
The Connolly Medal is given to the first South Boston resident to finish the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race. It is named for James Brendan Connolly, a son of South Boston, who medaled in the 1896 Olympics in Athens and is considered the first modern Olympic champion.
The Father Lane Medal is awarded each year to the first place Edgerley Family South Boston Club Kid Finisher.
12 March | 11:00 AM | Sunday | Worcester
This race was cancelled due to the Corona Virus but is back for 2023!
Held at the Elm Park at 284 Highland Street in Worcester, this race features an extensive list of bars for post race parties. So you know it’s going to be a good time!
The Guinness Celtic 5k is the first race of Tour de Worcester, a three part race series starting in March
Registration is $32 through January 31st.
The post race party takes place at five Worcester bars!
Mayflower Brewing St. Patrick’s Day 5K
? March 9:30 AM – Sunday – Plymouth – Cancelled
Sponsored by and based out of the Mayflower Brewing Company brewery at 12 Resnik Rd # 3, Plymouth, MA.
Registration was at $37.
Each runner will receive a short sleeve tech shirt and runners over 21 will get one Mayflower brew. So bring your ID. Free finish line photos will be taken for you!
This race does not offer a finisher’s medal for each runner.
Shamrocks on the Rocks 5K
12 March | 1:00 PM | Sunday | Lunenburg
This race is organized by the North Medford Running Club and is an out and back 5K Run and Walk around Lake Whalom.
The race is listed on the club site, but there isn’t a link for registration.
Custom designed apparel for the first 150 entrants and a party after the race at On The Rocks!!! with pizza from Embers Pizzeria!
Event location: 96 Lakefront Street, Lunenburg, MA
Prizes: Cash for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Male and Female Runners Overall Only. If you’re bringing the kids, spouse or a friend for their First 5K, make sure you get them a finisher’s medal!
Registration was $25.00 with race day registration available.
11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hibernian 5K
? March 11:00 AM – Sunday | Lynn – no info for 2023
Course: The Hibernian 5K is a loop course starting at Hibernian Hall that goes through some of the residential neighborhoods of West Lynn and finishes at Hibernian Hall. Walkers are welcomed!
Race Amenities: Long-sleeve dri-fit shirts to the first 500 pre-registered runners, race timing, water on the course, post-race raffles and entertainment.
Prizes for the top three male and female adult overall winners, and top male and female under 13 years of age, and top Hibernians.
Event location: Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA
Registration was $30 through race day.
18 March | 1PM | Saturday | Holyoke
Registration is open for the 45th annual running of this race. The 10K is $30 and the walk is $25 until February 16th.
There is a FREE kid’s race that does not require registration for children 2 to 10 years old.
12 March | 11:00 AM | Sunday | Somerville
This race has become a tradition among local runners over the past twenty years. The race took a 4-year hiatus between 2018 and 2022, but is back for 2023!
Run from Davis Square the course is moderately challenging and well marshaled.
The after party is one of the best with most bars in Somerville participating. Check the web site for locations and sign up!
Registration was $40.14 and included all fees, shirt and a medal. 2023 registration is not open yet.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, run well and may the wind be at your back!