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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Run with the Irish

Famous for helping spread Christianity in Ireland, Saint Patrick walked a lot. Just escaping the Emerald Isle, where the Englishman was held prisoner before he became a missionary, required a 200-mile journey. So a foot race like the St. Patrick’s Day 5K seems a fitting way to celebrate the priest. The race, which will start at the Old Courthouse Plaza in downtown Santa Rosa, will be held on March 13. After the competition, there’ll be a party featuring beer, root beer, a judged costume contest, giveaways, and music. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Scholarship Fund, which provides swim lessons and summer camp experiences to kids. Registration is $55 for adults and $30 for ages 17 and younger. Sign up at