Shamrock Shuffle – 2017

Shiverin’ Shamrocks!

BRRR! The 2017 Corridor Running Shamrock Shuffle was a cold one!. The race always takes place around mid March and usually it’s a seasonably decent temperature, but since mother nature is drunk, temps were around 20 degrees this year.

Gear: Rainbow Sparkle Athletic Skirt, XX2i France2 sunglasses, plantronics headphones, Survivor BUFF, Nike Turtleneck, Previous Shamrock Shuffle Race Shirt, Zensah Compression sleeves, Garmin Fenix 3, Brooks Ghost 9, Spi-belt. ( I changed the hat to a BOCO Louisanna Marathon stocking hat and Road Runner Sports Capris)


I mention the weather, because not only was I running the race. I was volunteering. This meant I arrived at the race location 2 hours before the event. While I was able to park close enough, to use my car to keep warm…. there is no shelter or place to stay warm.

must keep warm! BUFF and France2 frames to protect my face.


Pre-race volunteers continued to roll in, as well as trucks with race day supplies. We unloaded the trucks and set up things on the park. Tents, tables, bananas, sound system, etc.

The race takes place at College Green Park, so race day things are set up in the center of the park, while the race is start/finish is out on the street.

Before we knew it, participants were showing up to get their bibs, and my feet were freezing.


I helped out where I was needed, and ended up falling in with bib pick up. There were three of us and we had the system down! A runner gave us a name (as you could pick up anyone’s bib, no ID required), we looked up a bib number, handed them a bib, and a chip. I only ripped 2 bibs, oops!

I really needed to use the bathroom, and there were two port-o-potties near the start, but the line was long and the race was going to start, so I joined the others near the starting arch.


The race is a fun St. Patrick’s theme, including the distance of 3.17km, which is just around 2 miles. New, for this year, you could run the loop twice, for a 6.34km run. Of course, I chose this option, automatic PR!!

There were some announcements and then the race started. Gah, I was really cold, and I could feel it in my legs. The entire first loop, they just felt strange, like they were thawing out, or I could feel the muscles warming up. While the course had one big hill near the finish, they were not feeling the fatigue from that.


In that first loop, I caught up with Monty, again…. if we keep meeting at races, people are going to talk, LOL. I kid, it’s nice to see your runner friends out there!

By the second loop, my legs felt normal again, and I motored through the course again. It was all on pavement, and in typical Iowa winter fashion it’s when the potholes make their appearance, so I made sure to steer clear of them a second time. I thanked all the volunteers on the course, and climbed that hill one more time.

I crossed the finish line, and I was warm. I didn’t need my coat. Since I was signed up to then help volunteer post race, I stayed at the finish line and helped Dan take chips off shoes.

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When the majority of the runners had finished, I helped where needed, loading cars, taking down tents, the usual volunteering work. Hey guys, it’s really pretty easy…so help out if you can, nice to give back to your local running clubs… ha!

There were the bananas I mentioned earlier, and bottles of water at the center of the park, and cups of water near the finish, as it doubled as an aid station for the course.

The post race party was a few blocks away at Micky’s Irish Pub. There was an option when you registered to get a $5 brunch, or pay at the door. They would also be having beer specials, and hosting the awards ceremony here. You could also grab your pint glass, which was given instead of a t-shirt.


It is spring break in Iowa City when this race is held, but parking downtown can always be a problem, and to park close you have to pay. Lucky for me, I found a super close parking spot, swiped my card for $1.50 for one hour of time.

The party was happening. I did not pay for the brunch, as the last time I did this, the option was corned beef and cabbage, and I realized I do not care for it. I also don’t have $5 extra at this time… womp, womp, poor ol Angie… I did pack a Nugo Bar…lol.

I stuck around, watched the awards. The first person in each 10 year AG got a cool prize and the overall winners for each distance scored $50. WHOA, I need to get faster!

The morning ended chatting with some other runners, and realizing I should probably get home to let the dogs out, and oops my car was only paid to park at the meter for one hour!

I got to my car and saw the slip of paper flapping under the windshield…. but there was no fee, I owed $0.00. WEIRD! Why print the paper, what a waste!  I was happy I didn’t owe a fine.

When I got home, and got my data all loaded to Strava… you know if you don’t post a picture on Instagram and get that data loaded, I am not sure it even happened…. I realized I ran sub 9 minute miles, for 4 miles!!! WAHOOO. I am super happy about this, 2016 I spent running for endurance and distance. I did 0 speedwork, so I was happy to feel a little speed return. This is fast for me, so I’ll take it, maybe someday I will score a $50 winner’s prize!

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Race photos were posted to FB, and online album, free to download

This is a nice short race, with a nice challenging hill, and a fun post race party. If I am around next year, I will run it and volunteer again.

For my official race review, check bibrave.com

 

 

January Corridor Update

Corridor Running – January Update

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Hey guys! If you don’t know I am on the board at Corridor Running. It’s my local running club (Cedar Rapids – Iowa City). The main website is going to be going through some updates, so I thought I would write what is happening or what is new this year with the club. (If you have questions just ask me – angie.maske-berka@corridorrunning.com, or you can find me on twitter, facebook, etc). This information is also shared in the Corridor Running newsletter, please sign up here.

2017 Membership– This year membership has changed to run a calendar year, from January 1 – December 31. Please note the new pricing tier as well. If you are a Corridor Running member you will have access to discounts on races as well as area businesses. Also new – VIP membership. VIP members receive an exclusive race bag and expedited packet pickup at all Corridor Running races, as well as entry to all Corridor Running sponsored race events. Please check out https://corridorrunning.com/become-member/ for more information.

Freezefest registration is open! Register by February 5th to guarantee a shirt and get your name on a bib. This race is capped at 350 participants, so register now. This race also needs volunteers, please sign up here. Check out this BibRave review if you would like more convincing. Join the event page on facebook, tell your friends!

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Shamrock Shuffle registration is open!! The early bird pricing has been continued through January 21 at 11:59pm, save yourself $5 and REGISTER! There are 2 distances for this event, the 3.17K and the 6.24k. Even better, wear your favorite green running attire and join the post race brunch at Micky’s Irish Pub. There is a facebook event page for this too.

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2016 Circuit – The 2016 circuit has come to a close, but will be open to add all your events through January 27, 2017. Here is the link to add your events. If there are questions, ask Mike. (mikenewman@corridorrunning.com)

2017 Corridor Running Race Schedule:

  • February 18 / Freezefest / 5k / Squaw Creek Park / Marion, IA
  • March 11 / Shamrock Shuffle / 3.17k or 6.24k / College Green Park / Iowa City, IA
  • May 7 / Y2Y / Prediction Run (7 miles?) / Cedar Rapids, IA
  • July 4 / Fifth Season Races / 8k or 5k / Cedar Rapids, IA
  • September 3 / NewBo Half Marathon / NewBo /Cedar Rapids, IA
  • September / Swamp Fox / 5k / Marion, IA
  • September 30 / TimberTrek / 4.3 mile / Obstacle – trail race / Amana, IA
  • October 14 / Indian Summer Distance Classic /10 mil or 4 mile /trail race / Solon, IA

Apparel – You can rep Corridor Running anywhere with your own CR gear!.

SOCIAL MEDIA– we are happy to see where you are running, where you are repping Corridor Running gear. Share the love on social media and tag #corridorrunning. Twitter – @corridorruning , Facebook – Corridor Running, Instagram – @corridorruning.

 

Last Chance Giveaway

One last giveaway to the Shamrock Shuffle.

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IF you don’t win entry, you can register at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=120719

Registration closes online March 13.

Race Details

Who: You, your family, your friends, your pet

What: Shamrock Shuffle 3.17km (1.969746679 miles)

Where: College Green Park, Iowa City, IA

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30am.

Why: To show off your best green racing attire and have fun!

How: Click the link below, where it says “CLICK TO ENTER” (no worries it’s through rafflecopter)

One day contest, open March 9, 2015. Winner chosen Tuesday March 10, 2015. One entry is all it takes for a chance to win. Share with your friends. Winner gets a race entry only. The Micky’s Irish Pub post race brunch is not included.

CONGRATS JEN K.

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2015 Shamrock Shuffle Giveaway – 3rd time’s the charm

That’s right, one more giveaway for the Shamrock Shuffle. Thanks for playing along all week. For this chance I am adding many new options for entry…OHHHH AHHHHH…the link for entry is below.

Still on the fence about entering for your chance to win?

  • Check out my review from last years inaugural event at BibRave.com.
  • Nike shirts!
  • Run in a fun costume
  • Proceeds donated to the United Way of Johnson & Washington County
  • Prizes at the race: Guiness Pint Glasses, Micky’s Gift Certificates, Running Wild Gift Certificates, Micky’s Shirts/Sweathshirts

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SOLD?!?!? you can register at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=120719

Race Details

Who: You, your family, your friends, your pet

What: Shamrock Shuffle 3.17km (1.969746679 miles)

Where: College Green Park, Iowa City, IA

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30am.

Why: To show off your best green racing attire and have fun!

How: Click the link below, where it says “CLICK TO ENTER” (no worries it’s through rafflecopter)

One day contest, open February 20, 2015. Winner chosen Saturday Feb 21, 2015. One entry is all it takes for a chance to win. Share with your friends. Winner gets a race entry only, which includes the NIKE race shirt, bib and timing chip. The Micky’s Irish Pub post race brunch is not included.

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Shamrock Giveaway pt 2

Good news! IF you didn’t win Monday’s entry, today I have another giveaway for a Shamrock Shuffle race entry. Not only do you have the chance to enter once, but 3 times!  Click the link below!

Check out this Facebook link of photos from last year

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Who: You, your family, your friends, your pet

What: Shamrock Shuffle 3.17km (1.969746679 miles)

Where: College Green Park, Iowa City, IA

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30am.

Why: To show off your best green racing attire and have fun!

How: Click the link below, where it says “CLICK TO ENTER” (no worries it’s through rafflecopter)

Proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties.

Email questions to jdwyer1515@yahoo.com

If you don’t win this giveaway you can also register at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=120719

One day contest, open February 18, 2015. Winner chosen Thursday Feb 19, 2015. One entry is all it takes for a chance to win. Share with your friends. Winner gets a race entry only, which includes the NIKE race shirt, bib and timing chip. The Micky’s Irish Pub post race brunch is not included.

CLICK THIS TO ENTER

Congrats Amber S!!

Shamrock Shuffle 3.17k

Saturday March 15, 2014. College Green Park, Iowa City, IA. 25 degrees, cloudy. 3.17k (2 mile) 8:00 am

Registration: This was available online & day of race at packet pick up. Approx $25, could purchase $10 post race brunch at local bar. Included in fee, Nike short sleeve tech tee, bib and timing chip.

Packet pickup: Parking on side streets around park. Before race 6:30-7:45. Tables set up in park, small line at height of pick up. Could also purchase pint glasses.

Pre-race: Port-a-potties available. Some announcements & course directions made via bull horn, but couldn’t hear very well.

Race/Course: On paved/asphalt city streets, lots of pot holes (due to time of year). Each corner had a volunteer or officer, which were very encouraging. No water stops. Marked with cones as streets were all still open. Finish marked with clock and timing mats, volunteers removed chips from shoes.

Post race: bananas, bagels, something from Dunkin Donuts, water, gatorade & chocolate milk. Awards were hand to overall & age group winners. After awards a raffle was held for t-shirts, gift cards, socks, etc. Also could try on a pair of Newton shoes as waited for awards and were given free socks.

Overall: Nice race, no major problems, tough distance as it’s a sprint the entire time.

4th in my AG, 16:04 chip time.  official results

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Personal: This could get long & depressing….

I ran this race alone, which I don’t mind.  It was also a day in which I needed a 10 mile training run, I shifted my miles around so I could run 8. I ran 6.36 miles before the race. I felt great & thought I had a speedy 2 miler after 6. Also chatted with the RD of the upcoming Red Shoe Half Marathon.

After I finished the race, & something I try to do, I went near the last corner and cheered on the finishers. Even talked with a nice man who is part of the Corridor Running Club. Ah the club, it’s the reason I ran this race. I just joined, thought it would be perfect to run in my town. I really would like to fit in with my local running community. Otherwise I probably would have picked a longer distance race for the weekend.

Ok, when it seemed like everyone had finished (but I guess they hadn’t) I walked over to the food. After a 2 mile race I was surprised at the amount of food available. I just wanted a banana as I had 8 miles done & needed something, but I knew I was going to the brunch.  When I got to the food, there was no attendant, & no more bananas left out of the box, only a few bagels. Wasn’t sure if it were my place to dig into the unopened boxes & stage the food. (pet peeve never anything left for the finishers who spent a longer time on the course) It was really no big deal, but something they could improve next time.

The awards were over, and it was time to walk to the after party at the Irish bar, I must have missed the part when I signed up that it was an Irish brunch, I was ready for some bacon. Oh well, I would give corned beef & cabbage a try..it’s not for me, I burped corned beef all afternoon. Since it was prepaid & I’m not a huge drinker or fan of Guiness,  & I only had $4 on me (I could get water or soda for free with the brunch) I chose coffee and sat alone at my own table.

This is where it’s depressing…I’m shy, I’m different…but I don’t bite… I also knew a few people, but it’s like I didn’t belong, everyone was already with their friends and it was a younger crowd. I had a bad day. Sometimes when I speak I feel people think I’m stupid. I really thought I was happy being where I am, who I am. (brings back stupid HS memories of being bullied, it’s getting deep!) I decided that I am not going to try as hard to fit in with the running community here. I am around if someone needs something, but I’m done trying to fit in where I don’t belong.

With all that being said…I did like the actual race, maybe it’s just me.

I really love my twitter running community #runchat. I guess that makes me the creepy loner who hides behind a computer screen. 

Ok I waited a day to write this…guess I will publish it