In this Connecticut Pace Per Mile Race Report for February 27 – March 11, 2012, I am featuring St. Patrick’s Day themed races. It’s that time of year – Shamrock Shakes are at McDonald’s, the green beer is flowing, and St. Patrick’s themed races are everywhere. Consider one of these races for a great run, a fun time, and maybe a costume party.
WPLR Shamrock and Roll 5k, New Haven, CT, Saturday, March 4, 2012, 9am – The 15th annual WPLR ShamRock and Roll will be presented by Connex, who encourage you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with them. Registration is $28 in advance, $30 on race day. the first 2,000 entrants will get a technical shirt. There will be tag timing, on course entertainment, and a post race party hosted by local radio station WPLR. The race organizers are participating with the Huggies Diaper Challenge. This means that Huggies will match all diaper donations made on race day, with donations going to the local diaper bank. What make this race unique is the awards. There are the usual age group awards, but they also have unique categories like Best Costume, Diaper Division and Tallest Finisher. What’s not to like about a race that awards a prize to the slowest finisher or weirdest finisher?
Hartford Marathon Foundation St. Patrick’s Day Themed Events – Every year, the Hartford Marathon Foundation hosts several St. Patrick’s Day themed events. This year, they will host the Max’s O’Hartford, in Hartford, Sunday, March 18, 2012, at 1pm. This event features a restaurant relay – with servers running a course while carrying a full tray of beer, a wee mile, and a 5k. Costumes are encouraged and prizes are awarded for really great costumes. Registered runners get a t-shirt and a great finish line party with Thomas Hooker beer and hot food. If you’re closer to Niantic, you might consider the O’Niantic 5k, Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 9:30am. This event also had a wee mile, restaurant relay, and 5k. Winding through the streets of Niantic, the course is Connecticut flat. Costumes are encouraged. Finally, for more St. Patrick’s Day fun, consider the Courthouse O’Putnam 5k in Putnam, Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 1pm. This race features a wee mile and a 5k. As usual, costumes are encouraged and t-shirts will be provided to all registered runners. Hartford Marathon Foundation events tend to attract large crowds, so if you like the party atmosphere these races are for you. A word of caution – show up early to HMF events. The parking can be crazy and the starting lines in hard to find areas with poor markings. While the races aren’t the best in terms of organization, they throw a great party.
Shamrock Shuffle, Oakville, CT, March 17, 2012, 10am – This event is a unique, 3.5-mile, distance. There is also a 2.5-mile walk and a kids’ run. There will be a post race party at Ordinary Joe’s, and all participants will get a drink and an Irish hot dog. Commemorative glasses will be provided to the first 100 registered runners.
20th Annual Leprechaun 5 Miler, Madison, CT, March 18, 2012, 11am – Benefiting the Madison Exchange Club’s fight against child abuse programming, the Leprechaun 5 Miler offers a certified course along Long Island Sound (that means flat!). Online registration for the 5 mile race is $20 in advance. The event also offers a 2 mile walk and a ($17) and a kids’ fun run ($10). Your registration fee gets you into the post race party with free beer, clam chowder, and entertainment. T-shirts will be provided to the first 600 pre-registered runners. This would be a great event for a new PR – a flat course and a unique distance.