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Thursday, February 9, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Road Races on March 17-18 in Boston, Somerville and Holyoke, Massachusetts

(Courtesy of Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee)

As part of the St. Patrick's Day celebrations taking place in Massachusetts this season, check out these three road races the weekend of March 17-18, 2012. 

The 37th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race takes place on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. The 10 K (6.2 mile) race starts at Maple Street in downtown Holyoke.  There are timing clocks at each mile for  runners and a giant electronic clock for spectators.  The Children's Fun Run starts on Maple Street this year.

Ras na hEireann 5K Road Race in Somerville takes place on Sunday, March 18, at 11:00 a.m.  The 3.1 mile run begins on Elm Street in Davis Square, right in front of the famous Burren Irish Pub, and winds its way through the streets of Somerville.   Check out the after-party at the Burren afterwards.

The South Boston 5K Road Race takes place on Sunday, March 18, at 11:00 a.m., a great Southie tradition established in 1940 by the South Boston Boys & Girls Club.  The race begins and ends at the Club at 230 West Sixth Street. Proceeds from the race benefit the Keystone Teen Leadership Program

For a schedule of St. Patrick's Day parades taking place in March, visit BITA's Parade Page

For cultural activities throughout March, visit BITA's March Calendar.

Find year round details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England region by visiting

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