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Spots still open for the Boys and Girls Club's St. Patrick's Day Road Race

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 1, 2012 08:56 AM

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This year's T-shirt designed by the Dropkick Murphys.

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and it’s that time of the year to go through the party checklist. Plenty of green? Check. Food and beverages? Check.

Running shoes? Wait, what?

That’s right, along with all the revelry that takes place on St. Patrick’s Day in South Boston, there is also a 5K run that has deep roots in the community.

The race, hosted by the South Boston Boys and Girls Club, was started in 1940.

“This is one of the best events of the year,” said Harry Duval, executive director of the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. “It’s like a big party and everyone is coming over to our house.”

The run, which raises money for the club, already has 1,550 people signed up. Duval hopes this year’s registration tops last year’s 1,700 finishers.

“It’s everything that’s great about South Boston,” said Duval. “It’s the community coming together for a day of fun, fitness and family.”

Although the run is at the center of the event, there will also be a musical performance by the club's very own rock band, the “Harmaniacs”.

The race starts at 11:00 a.m. at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club on West 6th St. March 18 and costs $21 to register.

This year’s race T-shirt is making history. It is designed by Boston’s very own Dropkick Murphys. The first 600 registered runners will receive a shirt.

For more information or to register click here or visit www.bgcb.org.

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This year's route.

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