St. Patrick’s Day 5K Races Greater Boston 2020

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Here are the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day 5K races in the Greater Boston area.

Most races have been cancelled and some have been postponed. Please check the race web site as your race date approaches.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K races, like most holiday themed races, take place around the actual holiday. 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 title, to order a medal for your runner, click HERE.

Shamrock Shuffle 5K

7 March 9:00 AM Saturday – Medway

Medway Shamrock Shuffle, St Patrick's 5KSponsored 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 was: Adults $30, 17 and under is $20.T-shirt deadline has passed.My First 5K medal, running medal

Now in it’s 9th year, this race has cash awards the top three male and female finishers. Age group first place runners will also receive a medal. This race does not have a finisher’s medal for all runners.

Shamrock Stampede 5K

14 March – 10:00 AM – Saturday – Plymouth

St. Patrick's Day 5K, PlimouthThis race is based out of the DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Registration includes one free beer ticket for the post race party.

Proceeds benefit:

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 was $30 for adults, $20 for 11 to 20 and $15 for 10 and under. Add $5 for race day registration.

Deadline to receive a shirt is March 3rd.

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.

Running of the Leprechauns

15 March – 10:30 AM Sunday – Medford  Postponed

Running of The Leprechauns, Medford 5KThe 7th annual Running of the Leprechauns 5k is a roaring St. Patrick’s Day race/party. This race has raised and donated over $102,000 in the first 6 years to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Event location: American Legion Hall, 321 Winthrop Street, Medford

Race shirt deadline was February 15.

Finishers medal when you cross the finish line! Awesome swag!

5k running medals for first time runners, running awardMy First 5K medal is available when you register for this race. All proceeds benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.

Registration is: $45 for 18+ and $17 for youth 6 to 17 years old.

Mick Morgan’s St. Patrick’s 5K

14 March – 9:00 AM Saturday – Sharon Cancelled 

Registration was: $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.

My First 5K medal, runners medalIt 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!


Marshfield St. Patrick’s 5K

14 March 10:00 AM – Saturday – Marshfield Postponed

Marshfield St. Patrick's Day 5K RaceThis St. Patrick’s Day 5K is sponsored by the Marshfield Education Foundation and is now in it’s 9th year. This USATF certified race usually draws over 2,000 runners.

Registration was $35 for adults and $20 for 19 and under. 

Click to register

Pick up your bib at Marathon Sports in Norwell, March 7-12th and receive 20% off!

This race offers cash prizes to the top three male and female finishers, and awards for the top three age group finishers. A finishers medal is not provided for all runners.

St. Patty’s Day 5K/10K & Pub Crawl

14 March 10:00 AM – Saturday – Salisbury Cancelled – virtual race option available

This race is entirely within the flat, straight paved roads inside the scenic Salisbury Beach State Reservation.

This is the perfect course for runners looking to PR or for first time 5K runners. Run one loop or two, for a certified 5K or 10K, respectively.

Event location: 212 Beach Rd, Salisbury, MA 01952

5k & 10k participants (21+ only) may redeem beer ticket at any of the Pub Crawl participating bars. This years participating bars are: Carousel, Uncle Eddie’s, Dolphins and Salisbury Sports Pub.

FREE photos and finish line video will be available at no additional cost!

Age group awards start at 19 & under, but this race does not provide a finisher’s medal to all runners.

Registration was:

5K – $35 through race day of if available. Ages 12-20 $30 and under 11 is $10.
10K – $35 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

Hyannis Shamrock Shuffle, St Patrick's Day 5K 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

15 March – 11:00 AM – Sunday – South Boston  This race has been cancelled

boys and girls clubs of Boston, Boston 5K road raceA 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 was $25 and the race always sells out, so don’t wait!  Official Race Shirts go to the first 650 registrants.

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.

Registration is open for only $25.00! though March 12th.

2019 Race Results

Guinness Celtic 5K

15 March 11:00 AM – Sunday – Worcester

This race has been cancelled, the organizers plan to hold the race once the Corona Virus has run it’s course.

Guinness Celtic 5K, WorcesterHeld 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 was  $32. 

The post race party takes place at 19 Worcester bars!

Mayflower Brewing St. Patrick’s Day 5K

22 March 9:30 AM – Sunday – Plymouth – Cancelled

Plymouth St. Patrick's Day 5K, Mayflower BrewingSponsored by and based out of the Mayflower Brewing Company brewery at 12 Resnik Rd # 3, Plymouth, MA.

Registration was at $37 through 3/21.

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

15 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.
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

22 March 11:00 AM – Sunday | Lynn  Still scheduled

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.

Rás na hÉireann 5K

22 March 11:00 AM – Sunday | Somerville  Still Scheduled

This race has become a tradition among local runners over the past eight years. I’ve run this 5K three or four time my self!

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 is $40.14 including all fees, shirt and a medal.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, run well and may the wind be at your back!


St Patty’s 10K 2017 Salisbury Mass

Due to poor weather conditions the St Patty’s 10K and 5K road race was postponed. This allowed us to extend our Saint Patty’s Day celebrations just a wee bit longer!

St Patty’s 10K Road Race

I signed up for the St Patty’s 10K so long ago that I forgot that I had! I was reminded by an email from the race director with race details!

I signed up for the race around Christmas time when registration was $10 or something like that. The deal was so good I posted it to the Melrose Running Club Facebook page and a bunch of other people signed up also.

Don Keren drove and Diarmuid Cahill and I went along for the ride. It’s a pretty quick and easy drive to Salisbury and parking was plentiful in the State Reservation.

When we got out of the car to go pick up our bibs, we realized just how cold 35° is. Seems okay when you’re home looking at a number on your cell phone. But in running clothes you get to fully experience 35°.

The crowd was still small and we quickly got our bibs and shirts. On the way back to the car I wasn’t paying attention and stepped into a big puddle. Laughs all around! Even strangers standing around got a good laugh out of that one. My feet were going to get wet anyway, right?

After we got back into the car we saw Mike Sikkema parked in front of us and down a car or two. Mike was prepping like a pro. We finally got his attention and had a few laughs. It’s too bad he couldn’t have caught a ride with us, but he had to pick up his son after the race.

Around 9:50AM we ambled over to the start area and saw another Melrose runner, Matt Sazama. We managed to get someone to take out photo and everyone was wearing MRC shirts! Matt had a classic white singlet with our old logo on it. I’ve never seen a white MRC singlet before.

Mike headed off to the start line so he could get a good start. The rest of us hung out near the back of the pack.

St Patty's 10K, Salisbury


Running the St Patty’s 10K

Don and Matt were running the Saint Patty’s 5K and Durm and I were running the 10K. The start was on time but a little slow due to our position at the end of the pack.

After about a quarter mile it was me and Durm weaving through the walkers and casual runners. That’s what you get for starting in the back.

I had my Garmin and the goal was to run 9 minute miles. All of us are running The Eastern States 20 on Sunday, so we didn’t want to run this one too hard. At mile one our pace was 8:50. Not too bad but this included time stuck behind walkers and people out for a jog.

The first turn was around 1.25 miles. As we approached the turn we could see the leaders and Mike Sikkema was in 3rd place! The fourth place runner was way behind. We gave Mike some encouragement as he ran by.

Durm and I had settled into a good pace and kept passing people. Mile two came in at 8:40. Again, not too bad.

At about 2.25 miles we took a right into a camp ground area. They have utility hook-ups for campers which are painted white and look like tomb stones. It really looked like we were running around a cemetery!

Painted on the road was a 5 MPH sign. I joked that we were over the speed limit!

As the loop through the camping area ended, we approached the 5K finish line. I told Durm to hold back. Many of the people around us were 5K runners who were kicking it for their last quarter mile. We still had another 3.1 miles to run.

When everyone around you is picking up the pace, it’s easy to get swept along. As we approached the finish line they had the 10K runners go around the finish line. I was hoping we would get an official 5K split.

As we passed the clock, I saw that our 5K split was around 26 minutes which was about an 8:40 pace. Faster than I wanted, but still pretty good.

Running the 10K

The crowd thinned out some, but we still had company. We were now headed back out to the turn on State Reservation Road. Mile three came in at 8:30 so we were progressively getting faster.

We hit mile 4 about a quarter mile before the turn and it was 8:41. We had managed to dial it back a bit.

As we approached the turn we could see the 5K stragglers. I then recognized the 10K leaders and sure enough, Mike was still in 3rd place. He had dropped back a bit, but the 4th place runner was now way behind.

It was nice to make the turn and know we were headed home.

Mile 5 chimed in at 8:26 and just about on top of the Mile 5 sign. We both felt pretty good and were still having a conversation as we ran.

Normally at this point in a 10K we would start to pick up the pace. With 1.2 miles to go you see what you can do. But with a 20 miler the next day, you have to hold back.

Some people that we passed earlier now passed us. We still had to hold back.

We took the loop through the campground and the Mile 6 sign came into view. Just about on top of the mile marker my watch chimed 8:26 again.

With 0.2 miles to go, Durm and I kicked it in. We held back for most of the race so our legs still had a lot of juice.

For the last 0.08 of the race we ran a 6:34 pace! That’s one hell of a kick!

As we approached the finish line I could see Don off to the right. Durm and I kicked in just a bit more for the finish and I was about two steps in front of him as we crossed the line.

St Pattys 10K

St Patty’s 10K Finish

As we ran through the finish and walked to the end of the finish area, I was out of breath. I could hear Don behind me, but I couldn’t really speak.

I chugged down a 500ml of water and headed for the vendor tents to pick up a few treats. Not a lot of food, but enough. Instead of making a few rounds we headed for the car.

Mike was at his car changing up. I congratulated him on his run and we talked about the race for a bit. He wasn’t sure if he would get 3rd over all, 2nd place male or first in his age group. But he was going to win something!

The three of us weren’t going to win anything and weren’t interested in bar hopping. We had a 20 mile race to get ready for!

We had an easy ride home and a good, far-ranging conversation.

Run well my friends and see you in Hampton Beach!

Race Results HERE.  Race photos HERE.