The Holidays are behind us and the New Year’s Resolutions have been set. It’s hard to believe two months are already gone in 2019! Keeping that in mind, there are still many months to come and holidays to celebrate.
We are coming up on Saint Patrick’s Day! Below is a list of some family friendly activities, parades and races to help celebrate the Irish Holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Manassas, Mar 9
Head to Manassas for a community parade featuring Irish dance groups, the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe and Drum, Washington Scottish Pipe and Drum, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Coalition Pipe and Drum, the Marine Corps Color Guard, and other area groups and organizations. Free; parade begins at 11:00.
Pot O’ Gold 10K, One Loudoun, Mar 10
Find your pot o’ gold at the end of this 10K race, new for St. Patrick’s Day 2019. All pre-registered runners will receive a Pot O’ Gold 10K shirt. Plus, all finishers receive a medal, and awards are given to overall winners as well as age groups. Race begins at 8:00 am; follow link to register.
Bluemont Shamrock 5K/10K, Great Country Farms, Mar 16
Join in the 4th annual Bluemont Shamrock, a 5 or 10K run through the scenic country roads of beautiful Western Loudoun County. There will also be a Leprechaun Chase for the little ones so bring the whole family. After your run, join a post-race celebration and enjoy the views at Dirt Farm Brewing. Race starts at 9:00 am; follow the link for registration details.
Start a weekend of fun at Four Courts in Arlington with a Four Miler run on Wilson Boulevard and 110. The second half of the race is uphill, so pace yourself. After the race, reward your efforts in a heated tent with Irish dancers, live music, and adult beverages.
Lucky Leprechaun 5K, Reston Town Center, Mar 17
Start your weekend morning with a 5K race followed by a finish line celebration. Top 3 runners, top team, and top in age groups earn prizes. The race starts at 8:00 am, and everyone can join the post-race awards ceremony. Follow the link to register and for more details.
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by Thomas Cahill
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