The Running O’ The Green

illumiNITE heads to one of our favorite events this weekend – The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. The people are friendly, the crowds are fun, and the Expo features a speaker series with a ton of top experts to help newbies and veteran marathoners alike.

The Expo is also a great opportunity to check out illumiNITE’s new spring gear and we’ll have plenty of new designs to share. You’ll find us at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Friday, March 17th from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm and on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please stop by and say hello.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other holiday and many iconic global landmarks including the Colosseum in Rome, Niagara Falls, and the Great Wall of China will turn green for the occasion. While our favorite place to celebrate is Boston, we hear celebrating in Dublin can be fun too.

Established in 1995 by the Irish Government, the St. Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin was organized to change the national and international image of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. In other words, it’s not all about drinking.

The Dublin event celebrates all things Irish with a commitment to promoting Irish culture worldwide. From traditional Irish music and dance to modern storytellers, poets, and rappers, visitors celebrate St. Patrick with a wide-range of events and experiences.

For families, a day-long carnival in Merrion Square features music, magic shows, street performances and many surprises. The St. Patrick’s Festival
Parade pairs whimsical floats and bands from Ireland and around the world for a fun and rowdy (but not too rowdy) good time.

Maybe something to consider for next year…

Whether you are running in Virginia Beach or hoisting a pint in Boston or Dublin, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.
– An Irish Proverb

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