paddyologo 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, walk, jog, crawl 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 four worthy organizations: Camp Fire USA Puget Sound Council, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Inspire Youth Project, and the Healing Center.

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 29 years of success the Dash continues to attract three generations of participants.

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’ll see a diverse group of participants. You could be passed by a human pot of gold, a 6ft 3in 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.

If you haven’t been to the Dash in a while, where have you been?! The course has changed over the years. Our original point-to-point route Dashed along the Viaduct, starting at Jake O'Shaughnessy's and finishing at FX McRory’s. The current loop near Seattle Center loops South Lake Union neighborhood and heads out to the Aurora Bridge. On a classic spring day, you can see the Olympic and Cascade Mountains at the turnaround. Then, get swept back to Seattle Center with plenty of high fives in a sea of green and costumes as participants fill both sides of Highway 99 with Irish Spirit.

It’s truly a fun time for everyone. Join us for number 30!

Thank you Sponsors

We couldn’t do it without our great sponsors and partners. A special thank you to F5 Networks, Redhook, Brooks and Clear Channel Radio for their continued support of the Dash.

For more information, go to, and stay tuned to Facebook for upcoming events and promotions leading up to the 30th Dash on March 16th!

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