St. Patrick's Day Dash
The Seattle St. Patrick’s Day dash has humble beginnings, starting in the 1980’s as a race between various bars. It’s now the city’s largest annual single distance fun run, covering nearly 4 miles of downtown city streets. The dash is a family friendly event with a wide variety of runners from younger athletes to fully costumed fun runners.
The Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Dash consistently brings in fields of around 17,000 runners (or dashers as they’re more commonly referred to).
The course for the Dash has varied a bit in past years. Most recently it has started and finished near the Experience music Project, and followed an out and back route up Aurora Ave. The short route is great for runners who want to get a good look at all of the outfits, and of course, throw out any high fives.
Participants in the Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Dash get seeded according to their time, and do start in various waves. Also make sure that you stick around after the run for the always exciting costume contest and awards ceremony. It’s also worth noting that this event typically partners with a number of charitable groups specific to the Pacific Northwest.