Fit & Fun

The 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash on Sunday, March 16, sponsored by F5, began with a favor.

Alan Bonney, now in his fourth decade of coaching track and cross-country and promoting running events, wanted to help local runner Regina Joyce qualify for an Irish cross-country event. He billed the local dash as a tavern-to-tavern run, from Queen Anne to Sodo.

He expected 1,000 people. More than 4,800 showed up.

“Some people to this day still ask me, ‘Where’s my T-shirt?’ ”

Last year, more than 14,000 participated.

This year’s four-mile run/jog/walk begins at Seattle Center, 3rd and Mercer St. Starting times are staggered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The event includes a 1K dash for kids 10 and under and a beer garden for adults.

The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities, including Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Inspire Youth Project and The Healing Center.

To register or learn more, go to stpatsdash.com