What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a run and a beer.
Wallaceburg’s Defiance Running Club will be hosting their second annual Shamrocks and Shenanigans Run on March 16—the day prior to St. Patrick’s Day.
Defiance Club’s Mark Childs said last year’s inaugural run was a success.
“It went over huge. Ticket sales and registrations are up from last year already, so we’re hoping to hit the same numbers or better. We had a good crowd last year so even close to that we would be impressed with and I think we are going to exceed that,” Childs said.
The race will begin and end at the UAW Hall on Elm Street. Runners will get two tickets for two Sons of Kent beers once they finish. Runners and spectators are welcome to stay after the race and socialize.
Although the race is a social event, there is still chipped timing for the five kilometre run and 2.5 km run. The racing begins at 11 a.m.
“It’s more or less an excuse to get out early in the year to get a first race under your belt,” Childs said.
Although beer and running might not seem like a match, Childs said it’s common at a lot of races, especially in the United States. He said a handful of Defiance runners were in New Orleans earlier this month where there was a beer tanker truck at the finish line that had taps right at the side of the truck.
For the young runners, there’s a kids and candy division for those 12 and under. It’s $10 and the participants receive a mug of candy.
For those who register prior to March 3, they will receive a technical t-shirt.
The race course will be a double loop through the historic VLA neighbourhood.
All proceeds from this event support the Defiance’s youth running program which is in local schools.
Registration is online at raceroster.com.