The “Everybody’s Irish” race returned to Lake Harriet in Minnesota for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
However, the event’s return coincided with the coldest St.
Patrick’s Day temperatures in a generation.
Despite the bitter cold, about 400 people participated in the race, which is a Minneapolis staple.
Some runners wore army pants and thermals to stay warm, while others embraced the cold temperatures, saying they prefer colder running.
Although the post-race beer may have been more of a slushie due to the freezing temperatures, the participants felt lucky to be back and celebrating St.
Organizers were amazed that in years past, the event had temperatures in the upper 70s.