The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run is an annual 5 km running race that takes place on a Saturday morning in mid-March in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run
The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run usually happens on the Saturday just before or after March 17th. In 2020 it was going to take place on March 14th (but then it got cancelled due to COVID-19). Hopefully the event returns in 2021.
When it does take place, the race usually starts at 9:30 am on Pipeline Road not far from the Stanley Park Pavilion which is where the run’s post-race after-party later takes place.
In addition to being a fun running race, the event is also a fundraiser. Since its beginning some fourteen or so years ago, more than $100,000 has been raised for Diabetes Canada.
Run Route & Location
The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run starts and finishes near the Stanley Park Pavilion which itself is located at 610 Pipeline Road not far from the location of the Stanley Park miniature railway (which is closed for the season).
The run starts on Pipeline Road and heads south before turning west along Stanley Park Drive. The route then goes along the road parallel to the Stanley Park seawall to Brockton Point, then along the park’s northern shore back to Pipeline Road, and then south to the finish line and where everything started.
The post-race after-party takes place both indoors at the Lord Stanley Pub and outside by the Stanley Park Pavilion. The festivities include DJ music as well as free Irish Stew and refreshments for participants. Green beer is also available for sale.
What to Expect
Hundreds of runners take part in the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run each year. Most participants wear at least a bit of green, the majority wear a lot of green and many go all out and dress in full St. Patrick’s Day costumes.
As many as 2000 people participate in the event each year and prizes are awarded to the fastest female and male runners as well as to those in the best costumes.
At the race after-party expect to see hundreds of tired but happy folk drinking green beer with their friends in the park outside the Stanley Park Pavilion. As many as 1500+ runners complete the race each year. Including their friends and families, as many as 2000 show up for the party.
Even if you aren’t running yourself or there to cheer on someone that is, the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run can be a fun race to watch, plus Stanley Park is a wonderful place to be.
St. Patrick’s Race Fees
Fees for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run usually range from close to $30 up to about $40 depending on when you register. Proceeds from the event support Diabetes Canada, however, and entry fees are waived for runners raising $100 or more in pledges. Participation T-shirts cost extra.
To register and for further information on the event, see the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run website.
For a list of other running events in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Running Races.