It was March 18th and time for the 42nd annual Holyoke St. Patty’s Day Race.
Snow turning into rain had been the weather forecast for this event during the entire week leading up to this race.
But with a lot of prayers and, of course, The Luck Of The Irish these were the skies that arrived race day.
This was the tent Friday afternoon prior to opening for early shirt and number pick up for the race the next day. But by Friday night and then Saturday the tent was bustling with runners, walkers and excited people because of the glorious weather that would be shining on this event.
The tables that would hold the food for the runners were being set up by 9 a.m. and would be filled only to emptyed and replenished many times by the 6000 plus runners that came.
Brian Donoghue has been a great friend for many years. He and Jim Wildman are the co-chairmen for this race and make an awesome team. Their efforts have set a foundation for this race and they continue to work on making the changes that improve and enhance it every year. They are great leaders and it shows in the quality of the event that happens on Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.
I have 5 entries with pictures to show parts of the excitement from this year’s race. Check them out.
Without the time, effort and financial support of sponsors there would be no Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Day Race. What I like is that I get to work with some of the people that are the race’s contacts with these organizations. Two in particular have become great friends.
Matt works with Peoples Bank. Peoples Bank is the largest supporter of our race. They supply a large part of the financial backing to help put on the race. But, Matt is at every meeting and brings a large number of volunteers from the bank to help in the registration tent. He’s a great, enthusiastic friend who understands what we are doing and what we need to put on such a large race.
Bill Lynch, next to me in the yellow jacket, is our link to Stop And Shop. Stop And Shop has donated all the food for the runners, food in the tent for the volunteers and some of thefood needed for some of the other events associated with the race and parade. Plus, on race day he co-ordinates the Peapod truck coming to the race and the work force behind putting out and replenishing the tables with food for all the runners at the end of their run.
These are 2 great organizations and are well represented by these 2 men.
“THANK YOU” Peoples Bank and “THANK YOU” Stop And Shop for all you do.
There are many, many people that work behind the scenes to make such an event happen. There is no way I could put all their pictures on my site. So I have a few pictures to be able to let you see some of the unsung heros of the St. Patty’s Race.
Sue was one of the first people I got to work with during my first year on the committee and in the registration tent. She is always everywhere doing everything to help make things keep moving.
Steve Jones flies in from Boulder, Colorado every year to help. He has many friends here and comes to lend a hand.
Brynn and Haley are sisters dedicating enormous amounts of time and effort to both the race and the parade.
Larry has become a great friend. I first met Larry 5-6 years ago at this race. He is on the Holyoke PD and a great supporter of Holyoke both on and off duty.
And Mickey has been helping at the race and the parade for a number of years doing whatever she is called on to do to keep things progressing forward.
Johnny D and James are always working hard and keeping smiles on everyone’s faces.
There are 3 more entries following this one. Check them out to see if you are pictured there.