Just as the cold has led to greater demand on the Inn, it may also be deterring registrations for the Shamrock Shuffle – they are down significantly from last year. But the reasons to don your woollies, and join the Shuffle far outweigh the COLD factor.
It's for everyone. Participants can opt to take part in a 10k or 5k run or a 5k or 2k walk so people of all ages and stages can join in – and they do – from running friends to families with small children.
It’s well organized. The event's three co-directors, Kathi Joliffe, Doreen Jensen and Noel McKay have worked on refining and making the event more fun each year and they are assisted by a bevy of enthusiastic volunteers.
Participation requires a very minimal time commitment. While the time will vary for each person, a 2 km walk or 5 km run would typically take about 30 to 40 minutes. A 5 km walk would take about an hour. More experienced walkers and runners could take less time.
It's a great way to get into a festive mood for more St. Paddy's Day celebrations later in the day. And you can have the satisfaction of helping to ensure that the "walls for the winds" and "roof for the rain" of this Irish Blessing are a reality for all in our community.
May you always have