UTICA – St. Patrick’s Day festivities have officially begun in the city of Utica as the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Mad Mile kicked off at 9:45 a.m.
Runners donned in green attire and Irish costumes braved the cold and windy conditions for the quick run, which was led by a leprechaun on roller skates!
The one-mile route takes runners down the parade route on Genesee Street, ending at Columbia Street. The race was capped at 200 runners, and it will be immediately followed by the parade.
“Everybody’s been talking about how excited they are for the inaugural Mad Mile run here. It’s gonna be great,” said St. Patrick’s Day Parade Director David Wood.
He says they may look to increase the spots from 200 next year as the popularity of the new event grows.
All of the proceeds from the run will benefit the Great American Irish Festival and the building of the Irish Cultural Center in Utica.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m., and it will be broadcast live on WKTV NBC and WKTV.com/livestream.
If you're at the parade today, don't forget to post your photos to social media using the hashtag #WKTVGreen so we can share them on our website!
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