Sports planner: Grab your green and lace up for celebratory St. Patrick’s Day races

Also on the schedule: Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays games.
Published March 13


What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by lacing up your running shoes and pounding the pavement instead of beer? Green attire? Recommended, of course. The Tampa Bay area is full of competitive races and fun runs to mark the holiday. Here’s a sampling.

Shamrock N’ Run: This event includes a 5K competitive run, 1.5-mile walk and a Clover Kids Dash. 7 p.m. Friday. Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. $20-$25 5K, $15-$20 1-mile, $10 Clover Dash. (727) 593-6166.

St. Patrick’s Day Run: Downtown Dunedin hosts a 5K run or walk with an after-party. 10 a.m. Saturday. Weaver Park, 2750 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. $40. (727) 226-7223.

Shamrock Halfathon: This half-marathon and 5K run is held entirely within the park on both paved roads and recreational trails. 7 a.m. Sunday. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. $45-$95. (727) 347-4440.

Nolan’s St. Patrick’s Day Run: This seventh annual 5K along the Safety Harbor waterfront ends at Nolan’s, where there is beer for adults and root beer for kids. Benefits the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4. 10 a.m. Sunday. 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. $25. (727) 400-6998.

River O’Green Gallop: Run, walk, jump or dance your way through this 1-mile family fun run that includes a green T-shirt and a “pot of gold” race packet. Benefits the Bob Gilbertson Central City YMCA’s Annual Campaign. 10 a.m. Saturday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $25-$30. (813) 221-3686.

Leprechaun’s Run: This second annual event has a run for everyone: 5K, 10K or 15K combo run with a kids’ dash. 8 a.m. Sunday. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. $30-$60. (727) 255-9058.


Lightning: The NHL-leading Bolts are home twice in the next few days: Saturday versus the Stanley Cup champion Capitals and Monday against the Coyotes. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Prices vary by game. (813) 301-6500. TV: Fox Sun; radio: 970-AM.

Rays: The home team travels to Tampa to play the bay area’s other home team, the Yankees, on Tuesday at Steinbrenner Field. For complete local spring-training schedules, tickets and locations, visit (941) 235-5025.