I know your ears will perk if I say the word "BEER" so I'm saying that first. New this year for the Kirkland Shamrock Run on 3/16 is the Wilde Rover's Beer Deck, food trucks, lots of exhibitors to browse and the course is USATF certified as a 5K. It's at Marina Park and starts at 9am. Proceeds benefit the Kirkland Downtown Association. If you register before 2/28 it's $35, and then it goes up to $40. I've seen some promo codes floating around for $5 off so keep your eyes peeled for those too ('Columbia', 'LakeWashingtonPT'). BTW, if you register late you won't get a timer so don't procrastinate.
There are different waves for every type of participant. Competitive runners (5- 9 min/mi), Run for Fun (9 min/mi and above), Dog/Runner, Stroller/Runner, Walker. Here's where you register. And if you just can't muster the motivation to join a wave, you can always come help! (or both) They are in need of volunteers to pull this event off and there's a handy online sign up matrix now to make it easy. See you there-maybe for some green beer after? ~j