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2021 Shamrock Shuffle on for March 13 with some changes

2021 Shamrock Shuffle on for March 13 with some changes

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John Urzendowski, center, reprises his role as the lead-off leprechaun as runners take off during the start of the 2019 Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run and walk. The run will feature some changes this year to preserve safety and caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration is open for the Shamrock Shuffle. The 712 Initiative’s annual 5K fun run in downtown Council Bluffs will take place March 13.

The unique St. Patrick’s Day themed 5K is now in its eighth year, but faces a “unique” set of challenges it has never encountered before.

“We’ve worked with regional race professionals and our partners to come up with a plan for a safe and fun event,” said Jeff Snow, director of programming and events at The 712 Initiative. “With a slightly different set up this year we are able to host the run and give participants options to choose from that make them feel most comfortable.”

Registrants have the choice between participating in-person or virtually this year. To help minimize crowd size there will also be limited size starting waves.

There will be no block party this year due to current safety regulations, but Loadstar Pizza Truck and few other vendors will be at the finish line for people to enjoy as they cool down. Multiple businesses on the 100 Block will also have food and drink specials tied to the event.

The nonprofit has created a COVID-19 social contract that all participants must fill out prior to the event. The agreement requires attendees to maintain social distancing and wear masks during the event.

“This social contract is meant to help keep the community accountable while allowing us to gather for a fun event,” Snow said.

As always, participants are encouraged to dress as crazy as they dare in green attire to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. TS Bank is the presenting sponsor for this fun annual event.

This year, registration includes a custom knit stocking hat for those that sign up by Feb. 18. Visit to register.

Registration fee is $31.50 for adults, $21.50 for those 11-18 and $5 for 10 and younger. Registration includes a hat for those 11 and older.

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