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Running Around
Shamrock shuffles and other St. Patty’s day races

03/12/15



Here are some races with St. Patrick’s Day themes happening around the state. 

 
Shamrock Shuffle, Manchester
The Northeast Delta Dental Shamrock Shuffle in Manchester is a precursor to the Queen City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Put on by Millenium Running, it will be held March 29 at 11:15 a.m. Registration is online (milleniumrunning.com/shamrock) and costs $25 for adults, $20 for ages 12 to 20 and $10 for ages 11 and younger.
This year marks the fifth running of the 2-miler, and it has become part of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, with about 4,000 participants last year.
“Hopefully we are going to get a break from the weather soon, and the snow is going to melt, and it’s going to bring out all those winter warriors to run in the spring,” race director John Mortimer said.
The 2-mile loop starts and finishes at Veterans Park. Eleven restaurants and bars along Elm Street participate, where registrants over 21 can get a Harpoon Beer after the race.
For children ages 8 and younger, there is a 100-yard Leprechaun Run starting at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10. 
“We try to find the fastest little leprechaun in the state,” Mortimer said.
 
St. Paddy’s Five Miler, Portsmouth
The sixth annual St. Paddy’s Five Miler in Portsmouth will be held Sunday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds of the $30 registration fee (you can register online at newheightsonline.org) benefit after-school and summer programs at New Heights. 
The race starts at Paddy’s American Grille (27 International Drive) and runs through Pease International Tradeport. 
Tracey Tucker, executive director of New Heights, said the race has been averaging 800 to 1,200 participants a year, depending on weather. When New Heights started this event six years ago, it decided to do a 5-miler to cater to both leisure participants and serious runners, as many prepare for marathons in April, Tucker said.
“That’s one of the things that makes our race unique. There are not a lot of 5-milers around,” Tucker said.
The after party is at Paddy’s, where participants 21 and up can get a complimentary beer.
“I would say it’s probably the best post-race party for St. Patrick’s Day,” Tucker said. 
She said people come in crazy costumes and awards are given out for best spirit.
Just before the start of the 5-miles is the fourth annual Little Leprechaun Race. It starts at 9:45 a.m. in the field next to Paddy’s parking lot. There are two age groups: 7 to 9 and 6 and under. The cost is $7 and includes a T-shirt; registration is same-day only. 
 
Clover Run, Portsmouth
Also in Portsmouth is the Clover Run (clover5k.com), a 5K that begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, at Peirce Island and ends at Strawbery Banke, race director Jill McFarland said.
The race is in its second year, and with over 400 runners last year, McFarland is hoping for 400 or 500 this year, with all of the proceeds of the $20 registration fee going to St. Patrick’s School in Portsmouth.
Ri Ra’s Irish Pub in Portsmouth is the lead sponsor and will hold pre-race registration at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13. Registrants can pick up their packets and enjoy an extended happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. that night. There are free T-shirts for the first 200 runners, and Ri Ra’s is providing Guinness beer glasses with the Clover Run logo on them, McFarland said. 
 
Shamrock Shuffle, Lebanon 
The 14th annual Shamrock Shuffle in Lebanon (shamrock5k.com) is a 5K happening March 14 at noon. It begins and ends at City Hall downtown, winding through neighborhoods and along the Mascoma River.
The registration fee for ages 18 and older is $28; for youth 13 to 17, $23; and for youth 12 and under, $18. Pre-registration includes a long-sleeve shirt.
The race has grown to about 1,200 participants, with a post-race celebration hosted by Harpoon Brewery at Salt hill Pub. Runners 21 and older can enjoy a complimentary pint after the race.
The 5k is preceded by a 1-mile fun run at 11 a.m. 
 
As seen in the March 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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