BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Communities up and down western Montana have St. Patrick's Day festivities planned all weekend.

Bozeman kicked off the weekend with their 7th annual Run to the Pub, and runners were treated to a free beer from Pub 317 at the finish line.

Organizers said this is the largest run they've had yet, with more than 2,000 participants.

The race was voted the number 2 "Best in the US" half marathon by Runner's World, and participants said they can see why.

"I think it's put together awesomely," said race participant Jessica Payne. "I think that it's great to have a beer at the end of it and every body is just so happy to be out here and out in the outdoors, and supportive. It's great."