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Naperville Sunrise Rotary St. Paddy’s Day 5K Live and other St. Patrick’s events


Updated Post, March 3, 2023 / HELP WANTED! If volunteering is more of a preference over walking, running or strolling, kindly note opportunities to assist along the St. Paddy’s Day 5K route.

Rotary Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K organizers say the service club is especially in need of volunteers along the course for Race Day from 6:30AM until 9:30AM.


“Follow link to sign up under volunteer opportunities and scroll down to Saturday on Sign Up,” requests Deb Newman for Rotary Club of Naperville/Sunrise.

Original Post, Jan. 14, 2023 / Registration is now underway for the 14th Annual Sunrise Rotary St. Paddy’s Day 5K slated to begin at 8AM on Sat., March 11, in Downtown Naperville. Held in cooperation with the West Suburban Irish, the St. Paddy’s Day 5K is held immediately prior to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The race is one of the first certified 5K events of the running season in the area, and often sells out.  

St. Paddy’s Day 5K run benefits local charities for youth & families

Proceeds from the event will benefit Inside Out Club Fee Assistance and Character-Building Programs; Little Friends Family Respite Program expansion, and Fee Assistance for students attending the Naperville YMCA Safe ‘n Sound after-school programming. 

Corporate Sponsor opportunities, registration and volunteer openings can be found at the website www.StPaddysDay5k.com.

Rotary/Sunrise Photo

Run in costume for fun and prizes

St. Patrick’s Day themed costumes and hats are encouraged. Costume awards encourage participants to enter into the festive spirit of the event by donning their St. Patrick’s Day finery for the run.

Participants receive a collectable St. Paddy’s Day 5K technical running shirt. Prizes are awarded to the top overall male and female runners and commemorative prizes to the top three male and female runners per age division. Post-run refreshments will be offered in an open-air tent. Race times will be posted online.

“As our biggest fundraiser each year, the St. Paddy’s Day 5K is critical to our club mission to help local youth and families. Our club’s legacy over the past 32 years has been to meet youth and families with care and support in all of life’s circumstances. This particular event is also a fun kick-off to St. Patrick’s Day revelry in Naperville,” noted Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise President Stephanie Randall.

For more information and registration ($30 per participant), visit www.StPaddysDay5k.com.

Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise Report and Photos

Save the date to celebrate St. Patrick from beginning to end 

Immediately following the 5K, members of Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise are known to fall into place during the WSI St. Patrick’s Parade that winds through downtown Naperville. (PN File Photo)

The West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade is time to put on the green to celebrate Irish heritage and culture. The annual parade meanders through downtown Naperville, starting from the corner of Mill Street near Naperville North High School. Led by the American Legion Post 43-Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 Joint Color Guard, the parade proceeds south on Mill to Jefferson, east to Main Street and south to Water Street where the parade ends.

John Drohan named Grand Marshal of 2023 WSI St. Patrick’s Parade

John Drohan (red shirt), longtime affiliate and special events planner at Quigley’s Irish Pub, has been selected Grand Marshal of the 2013 WSI St. Patrick’s Parade. (PN File Photo, 2014)

Registration to sign up parade entries is now in progress (Deadline to register is Fri., March 3.) for the family-friendly event that steps off at 10AM Sat., March 11, 2023.

Oh! And the Irish scarfs! Remember the commemorative and collectible scarfs to celebrate the fun and frolic of the WSI St. Patrick’s Parade. (PN File Photo)

For details about participating in the annual West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade, visit www.wsirish.org.  Everyone also is invited to the first-ever SHAM-ROCKER, a new fundraiser to take the place of the WSI Emerald Dinner. SHAM-ROCKER is planned from 3PM to close Sun., Feb. 26, also at Quigley’s Irish Pub.

One more thing…

Next up, Rotary Sunrise will host its annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K to raise funds for club projects it initiates around town.

As mentioned above, Stephanie Colbert Randall, owner of Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing, is currently president of Naperville Sunrise Rotary. Colbert Randall invites folks to check out a breakfast club meeting on a Friday or another club event to experience the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise. For details, call (630) 717-1448. Everyone welcome!

Last Updated Feb. 19, 2023, March 3, 2023

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