San Antonio turns out for Donovan’s Run

March 19, 2014 by  

In San Antonio, residents traditionally celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by taking part in a 5K known as Donovan’s Run. This year’s race took place on March 15 and, despite a light mist, drew a huge crowd.

Things got underway shortly after 7:00 am, but no one was perturbed by the early hour. One runner, Sharon Mims, said she was delighted with any race where a person could run and wear a costume at the same time. Mims wore a headband with the slogan ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’, while her sister, Danelle Dalee, wore a green hat. The point behind this was not just to celebrate Irish culture, but simply to have fun.

The race is one of the oldest in the city, and was once known as the Shamrock Shuffle. The 5K was the idea of Richard Donovan, after whom it is now named.

The annual event is open to everyone regardless of their age or ability, and has special features such as naming the greenest male, the greenest female, the greenest pet, and the ugliest kilt. The event is put on by the Harp and Shamrock Society, which uses it as a fundraiser for St. Patrick’s Day parades.

Event organizers could consider working with a poster or banner printing company to create flags for the upcoming runs.