Weather Could Impact St. Patrick’s Day Festivities Over the Weekend

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SACRAMENTO --

This weekend, Sacramento is sure to bring out the Leprechaun in all of us with multiple St. Patrick's Day events, but the highly anticipated Saint Patrick's Day festivities are up against some wet weather.

For the annual Shamrock'n Half Marathon, put on by Fleet Feet, the race will go on, just not as planned. Making small changes to the half marathon route isn't out of the ordinary, but this year's race directors are scrambling to put together a new route after Discovery Park, a big part of the run, was closed due to rising water.

"Now we're having to find a way to get it done in downtown and in midtown, so we don't have to access the river at all," said Dusty Robinson, general manager of Fleet Feet.

Robinson said the first six miles of Sunday's half marathon will likely stay the same, but they're still working on what the second half will look like, and when race directors finalize a plan an email will be sent out to all participants to notify them of the changes.

While Fleet Feet deals with weather woes, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership doesn't know how much the rain will affect the Old Sacramento Saint Patrick's Day parade, so they're monitoring the weather closely.

Organizers of the 20th annual event said while they don't anticipate the weather being too bad, they would cancel if the conditions aren't safe.

"If the wind was blowing really hard or if there was any sort of lightning, as long as it's not a public safety issue, we're going forward, we're not afraid of a little rain," said Maria Robinson with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

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