St. Patrick's Day Dash

Nobody gets any exercise during the winter; this is just a fact of life in Seattle. It's been cold, dark, and rainy since November; then the St. Patrick's Day Dash comes along to remind you how fat and out-of-shape you are. Fortunately this race/fun run, now in its 27th year, is accommodating of all comers, no matter how pallid and overweight. Training for the event essentially consists of the drinking you've already done all winter long. Your finish time for the run/walk/race really doesn't matter. Rather, it's the degree of green insanity to your costume, and your post-race drinking, that are the measures of a true Northwest flab-lete. The course makes no sense: an out-and-back jaunt north on Aurora to Canlis; it's about four miles of ugly asphalt, doubling back to Seattle Center, where the fun (i.e., the drinking) begins. A costume contest, music, and beer garden commence at 9:30 a.m. at the Fisher Pavilion. Then you can adjourn to nearby LQA bars including Ozzie's, McMenamins, T.S. McHugh's, and even Peso's—what, you have a problem with tequila shots on St. Paddy's Day?—before remembering that you've forgotten where you parked your car. BRIAN MILLER

Sun., March 13, 8:30 a.m., 2011

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