St. Patrick’s Day weekend is here which means western mass is celebrating.
The 44th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Road Race was held Saturday afternoon. People from all over the state visited Holyoke to take part in festivities.
“So I’m from Scituate Massachusetts like the south shore and both of my parents are here running the race so my sister and I are just hanging out cheering them on,” said Julia Pasini.
Thousands of people ran the 10K and spectators doubled or even tripled that number.
Saturday’s spring-like weather brought many people to experience the race. For some, it was their first time.
“To watch them run. Plus I’ve never been so I’ll give it a shot,” Mike Ferrarini of West Springfield told 22News.
Runners look forward to the race all year. Many participants are avid runners who train all year so the competition is tough.
The first runners finished right around 30 minutes. Danielle Winslow was this year’s first woman to cross the finish line.
“It feels great to be out here,” said Winslow. “I moved out here about six months ago and everyone said this is the race to do this is the race to run so it feels awesome being out here and I have a lot of teammates here so it’s just a great feeling.”
Six thousand five hundred runners participated in Saturday’s 44th annual road race. And in first place, Louis Serafini from Somerville finished with a time of 29:37.6.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration continues into Sunday with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade starts at Noon.
If you can’t make it to Holyoke for the parade, you can watch it on the CW Springfield or on our live stream on wwlp.com.