In spite of what the thermometer reads, hundreds of people running through the streets of Downtown Raleigh wearing Â kilts, costumes, Â and decked out in every shade of green means spring must be right around the corner. Â The St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K is one of my favorite races each year. Â I love the clever costumes, I love how happy everyone appears to be as they run down the street, I love the sound made by the pounding of so many feet, and I love the extra-special treat of being able to watch and cheer on the runners from my own front porch.
The costumes this year seemed a bit more bland than in years past, maybe because the day was chilly and windy. Â Besides an almost-but-not-quite-world-record number of kilts, there were plenty of tutus, wigs, and face paint. Â My favorites included an outfit with a pair of kneesocks that had “BEER” in large letters going down the calf, a very big man not wearing a shirt but carrying a giant sword, and a guy running in work boots. Â Ouch!
Here’s a short sampling: