Northlanders Partake In St. Patrick's Day Themed Run

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 11, 2018 10:47 PM

DULUTH - Hundreds of Northlander's were decked out in green on Sunday for the Shamrock Pub Shuffle, a St. Patrick’s Day themed run organized by Duluth Running Company.

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The unique and fun run takes participants on a 2.6 mile route with stops at three different local bars, where they have some time to catch their breath and have a beer.

Clint Agar, the owner of Duluth Running Co. has been organizing the run since 2012.

"What's captivating about this event is that it's very social. People will do it and they'll run together. They have time to talk and they can share a pint," Agar said.

The run started at Leif Erickson Park. Participants took the Lakewalk and made stops along the way at Carmody Irish Pub, Canal Park Brewery, and lastly, Dubh Linn Brew Pub for a finisher festival.

Proceeds from the event go to a good cause.

"The event raises money for Twin Ports Miracle League and it's just a fun way to get out and celebrate St. Patrick's Day. You're going to see hundreds of people here dressed in green," Agar said.

The Miracle League is a baseball league for children with physical and mental disabilities.

Participants were separated in five different waves for running and walking.

Mindy Granley, a runner, said she was excited to participate at her first Pub Shuffle.

"I think it's fun because you're not trying to get a best time. You're just having a good time with friends and hanging out, Granley said.

The finisher festival at Dubh Linn had live music where participants were able to celebrate and have a good time.

James Lefor, a runner, has been participating at the event for years.

"It’s just a fun time to get out, celebrate spring, St. Patrick’s, and the joy of running," Lefor said.

There was also a costume contest for best overall costume and best group costume.

Eddie Gleeson, the owner of Carmody’s, has been part of the St. Patrick’s event ever since it started. Gleeson enjoys helping the cause and seeing all the runners when they stop in.

"It's great for the runners too because they're coming out of a hard winter. They're starting to realize that this is a big deal, Gleeson said.

Gleeson said the event reminds runner’s to start getting ready for Grandma’s Marathon.

The festive run brought community members together for a fun time and for a great cause.



Alejandra Palacios

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