Somerville Ras Na Heireann USA 5K 2018

Photos by Rosalee Zammuto

By William Tauro

“The Ras” is the most authentic St. Padraigs Road Race west of Dublin, Ireland. Thousands joined in for a grand run around Somerville and then celebrated in the 17 post race pubs.

Somerville, MA welcomes the Ras na Heireann road race each year as a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, all things Irish, and the coming Spring. It is the sister race to the annual Ras na hEireann International Cross Country race held in Termonfechin, County Louth, Republic of Ireland.

The race is capped at 5,000 participants and has sold out early for the last eight years.

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