St. Patrick’s Day Road Race runners celebrate after crossing the finish line

Hampden County

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continued in Holyoke Saturday after road race runners crossed the finish line. 

More: St. Patrick’s Day Road Race brings thousands of runners, spectators to Holyoke

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a staple in Holyoke and once the final runners crossed the finish line for the 44th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Road Race the party was just getting started.

“I try to run every year, if not just to be down here every year. It’s really a unique experience that’s unique to Holyoke. It’s just part of my heritage,” Jenna Kaeppel told 22News.

Thousands braved the wind to celebrate the Irish holiday with friends and family. One man has run in every race since the very beginning. 

“I used to work for the mayor of Holyoke and State Senator Martin Dunn,” said Bill Foley. “I always lived in Springfield and it’s great to come back and enjoy the festivities.” 

Others, are spectators, cheering them on. Danny Dineen of Suffield, Connecticut told 22News, “It’s just so nice, everyone is having a good time. It was a great day. The wind is a little high but everyone had a great time. It’s great for the runners.” 

More than 6,500 runners participated in Saturday’s race. 

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