31 Years of Dash History
Run, Walk, Jog or Crawl! To Celebrate the Arrival of Spring and the Irish in us all!
It began in 1985 as a race between bars and as a training event for an Irish Olympian. Now it’s Seattle’s largest single-distance run where the winners cross the finish before the last person Starts. The Dash fills nearly four miles of Seattle streets with a ribbon of green.
The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities. Funds are directed to local organizations who provide critical support and services to youth in our community.
The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash is a family event with something for everyone. There are young athletes racing to be the first across the Finish Line, and former jocks racing to be the first in the beer garden. The Dash is filled with plenty of people who first ran the event as kids, and are now running or walking with their strollers and (grand) parents. With years of success the Dash continues to attract generations of participants.
We want you back! If you joined us last year come back and bring a friend. If you haven’t been to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash before, get ready for a big party where everyone is Irish for a day! You could be passed by a human pot of gold, a 6ft 10in leprechaun, a 4-pack of Guinness cans, or a grown man in a tutu. With all of the costumes, the Dash is just like a spring version of Halloween. The Post Dash Bash features live music, plenty of sponsors, great giveaways, a Costume Contest, plus the biggest St. Patrick’s Day beer garden in the region.
This year marks the Dash’s first year as an official 5K distance race. Our route still Starts and Finishes at Seattle Center and heads up SR99 to the Aurora Bridge, filling the entire street with Irish spirit. The 1K child’s Leprechaun Lap is back again. Join us on March 15th for the 31st time!