Thousands of people celebrated St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of spring by running or walking in the annual St. Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle on Sunday.

The 4-mile event began 28 years ago as a race between bars, and as a training event for an Irish Olympian. Now it's Seattle's largest single-distance run/walk, jog or crawl where the winners cross the finish before the last person starts.

The Dash benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children's charities. The funds are directed to four Northwest children's organizations: Camp Fire USA Puget Sound Council, Seattle Children's Autism Center, Rise n' Shine, and the Healing Center.

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