St. Paddy’s Day 5k

Kick off your morning with the annual Rotary Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5k, which has introduced a new category this year.

“For kids under 9, it’s a little cheaper to enter, and that’s been really popular we have a lot of younger kids signed up,” said Race Director Kevin Gensler.

Also new this year – funds raised for the race not only benefit the rotary charities but Little Friends, DuPage Pads and the DuPage Children’s Museum.

“Every year we try and make it a very fun atmosphere, we have a tent in the Centennial Beach parking lot where before the race we have coffee and food, then after we have PB&J’s which are always popular,” Gensler said.

After grabbing some snacks at the tent, why not meet up with friends and catch the 24th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade along the 5k route, hosted by the West Suburban Irish Group.

The parade starts off at 10a.m. at Naperville North High School, traveling south on Mill Street before making its way past City Hall.

Finish your celebration off with a taste of Ireland which is as authentic as they come.

“When you walk into Quigley’s you feel like you’re walking into a pub in Ireland. When the idea of Quiqley’s was put together they went to Ireland and visited a bunch of different pubs and met with a builder who built to spec for Quiqley’s and shipped it here,” said General Manager of Quiqley’s Andy Nosek.

Grab a corned beef sandwich and Guinness and celebrate end your night with some live music.


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