A running start to St. Patrick’s Day


Posted Thu, Mar 14, 2013


RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM: The Running of the Green is a family oriented running race and walk that is centered on the Irish celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. [Photo by Pedro Bernal]

DENVER – Yesterday’s fresh blanket of snow, and this morning’s 20 degree weather, could not dampen the spirits of over 5,000 participants 25th Annual Running of the Green held on March 10. Denver’s Running of the Green is the world’s largest 7k (4.35 miles) “running of the green” event. The annual race is also known as Denver’s classic Irish jog, and as a major fundraiser for Volunteers of America. The race always takes place near St. Patrick’s Day and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Volunteers of America over the past 25 years.

All proceeds from the race benefit Volunteers of America programs, including Meals on Wheels, Head Start and the Brandon Center. Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through more than 30 distinct human service programs throughout the state of Colorado, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps more than 200,000 Coloradoans each year. Since 1896, their ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, low-income families, homeless individuals and families, women and children escaping domestic violence, and those seeking affordable housing solutions.

The Running of the Green is a family oriented running race and walk that is centered on the Irish celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. The event starts at 10:15 a.m. on 17th and Wazee streets in LoDo. For anyone with not enough stamina for a 7k race or walk there is an option to participate in the “punt” run or walk, a total of 2.2 miles, shortened route that skips a majority of the course.


CHEERS!: The race finishes with a gigantic Irish fare block party by Coors Field. [Photo by Pedro Bernal]

Traditional Scottish bagpipers kick off the race with a little Irish melody. The race winds through the streets of LoDo and finishes by Coors Field with a gigantic Irish fare block party.

“I stick with races that have a reputation for being well organized and this one has never let me down,” said participant Tom Connell. “I’ve been running in this race for the past 12 years.”
Participants at race end enjoyed corned beef sandwiches, Celtic dancers, an Irish Band, over 20 exhibitors and free Killian’s Irish Red beer.

“If there’s beer in the photo, then it’s a good photo,” said Kate Olsen one of the many participants enjoying a free beer after the race and posing for photos with her friends.

“Organizers of the event strive to make running fun for everyone. They look for enthusiastic volunteers and spectators to motivate the runners at various spots on the course and they take the time to hire live local bands to play at the end of the race and they get everyone celebrating the spirit of the Irish,” said Lonnie Somers, the race master of ceremonies.

2 Responses to “A running start to St. Patrick’s Day”

  1. Andrew Says:

    “If there’s beer in the photo then it’s a good photo.” ha good true quote. Sounds like a good time.


  2. S.L. Alderton Says:

    Good pictures, definitely!


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