Long before the first blade of green grass peeks out from underneath the winter snow, many runners are focusing on a different kind of green. Their goal? To complete the St. Patrick’s Day race of their choice.

For some, it marks the beginning of a series of races to be completed in the following warmer months; for others, it’s a fun, active way to kick-off a holiday celebration more synonymous with leprechauns and green beer than physical activity.

New and seasoned athletes have their pick of distances and locations in the Chicagoland area, so grab your running shoes, some friends and your lucky shamrock and start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on two healthy feet!

Upcoming St. Patrick Day Races in the Chicago Area:

March 9: Deer Park St. Paddy’s 5K 
Deer Park, IL

March 16: McHenry Shamrock Shuffle
Crystal Lake, IL

March 16: St. Catherine Irish Jig Jog
West Dundee, IL

March 16: St. Paddy’s Day 5K
Naperville, IL

April 7: Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
Chicago, IL