Sioux Falls “Irishman” Road Races

Oh what a difference a year can make. Last March, the Irishman road races, held the Saturday of or before St. Patrick’s Day, in Sioux Falls featured 30 degree temperatures and 30-40 mph winds. This year….. 50-60 degrees and sunshine.

For the second consecutive year, I was able to compete in all three St. Patrick’s Day Road Races that make up the ever-popular Irishman. The Irishman starts with a 9 a.m. 5-mile run that starts near the entrance to Falls Park on Phillips Ave. in downtown Sioux Falls. Following that, at 11:30 a.m., is the 5k which also runs through Falls Park before reaching the turnaround point and running straight back to the start line. At 2 p.m., just before the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the mile is run straight down Phillips Avenue from 17th street down to 6th street in front of thousands of green-clad parade spectators.

Each of the three races are timed and scored separately and if you choose to do all three then your times are combined to give you an “Irishman” time. Due to the better weather conditions and being in general better shape than last year I saw big improvements in my Irishman.

I dropped my total time 4:44, from 59:33 a year ago to 54:49 this year. My 5-mile time improved 3:07 to 30:38, while my 5k dropped 1:27 to 18:47 and my mile improved by nine seconds to 5:14. My Irishman placed me seventh overall out of 243 participants.

This year’s overall winner was former Mount Marty assistant cross country and track coach and All-American from Dakota State, Chris Heezen. Heezen won the 5-mile and 5k and placed second in the mile to finish with an Irishman of 48:01.

Complete results here.

More info about the Irishman and St. Patty’s Day road races is available here.

I would strongly recommend this race to any runners/joggers/walkers as it is very well organized and includes numerous festive and dressed-up participants. *If you do decide to compete, register as early as possible as the entry fees skyrocket as race day approaches*

The author in his sweaty 5k post-race glory

More info about the Irishman and my races and goals going in at my personal blog here.

I plan on competing in the Missouri Valley Christian Academy 10k this Saturday, March 7th at Riverside Park in Yankton. There is also a 5k and 1/2 mile children’s fun run.

More info here.

Race recap as well as a recap of the first quarter of the Mount Marty track and field season to come next week.


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