More race recaps! This is my second time running the Shamrock Shuffle. It is a shorter version than the Fat Tuesday 5K race, most of the course is the same, so I knew where to park this time!
I met up with a friend before the race, which was nice, and even did a little warm up with her! (shocker! I barely ever warm up before races) Then her dad and friend encouraged us to start right at the starting line. I NEVER start up front and was really nervous to do that. It actually was awesome to start up front and not get stuck in the traffic that always happens at the start of larger races.
My friend, Allie, suggested we go for running this 2 mile race in 16 minutes. I was wicked scared to shoot for that time because I haven't been running a ton lately. I have been doing a lot of cross training, some random running and just showing up to my races and seeing what I can pull out.
Veteran's Park, Manchester NH
Distance: 2 Miles
Parking: I finally remembered a place to park in Manchester! Finally an easy day of parking at a downtown race :)
Registration/Timing: I picked my bib up on race day. For once I wasn't running late on a downtown race and I had a ton of time to hang out before the start. Bib pick up was inside a hotel right next to the starting line. Very convenient and nice that it was inside so all the runners had a place to stay warm before the start.
Millennium Running races have the best timing/results station set up. They have the finish line clock, but then near the finish line you can go to the Results Tent/Trailer. The have the results on a TV monitor. You tell the volunteer your bib number, they type it into a computer and your official results come up on the screen. Love it! (I always say this...but it's always true!)
Facilities: Bib pick up was inside of a hotel so there were nice clean REAL bathrooms! (There were also a bunch of porta-potties lined up, but why use those when you can use a real bathroom!)
Course: I really like this course. It's a short loop with only one hill. The start and end are right downtown and the race is before the St. Patrick's day parade so there are a lot of people on the street to cheer you on.
Swag: I didn't get any swag this time, but you could get a shirt. You could also buy one if you were so inclined.
Post-race you could could use your beer tickets and enjoy pizza, yogurt and other goodies.
Overall Review: I like that this race is only 2 miles that is a pretty unique distance so it's fun. It's part of the Millennium Running Series so that is always a good reason to sign up! I like the loop of the course too :)
Will I Return? Most likely! 99% chance of returning.
Official Net Time: 15:07
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance