The seventh annual Geddes Federal Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run has registered a record number of participants, with 3,200 runners currently signed up, organizers said. In 2011, just under 2,700 people completed the 4-mile run. The event has grown steadily each year.
The event, presented by the Tipperary Hill Neighborhood Association, is attracting runners from all over New York State and some runners from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia and Connecticut, organizers said.
The 6/10-mile Kids Fun Run starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, with 150 children registered.
The 4-mile run/walk starts at 11 a.m. on Coleridge Avenue in Syracuse across from the Burnet Park field house. The course takes runners through the streets of the Tipperary Hill Neighborhood, up and down its hills and past neighborhood landmarks, including the green-on-top traffic light. Interested parties can still register. The Kids Fun Run is $5 and the 4-mile run is $30 through Friday, March 9, and $35 on race day. No dogs or baby strollers are allowed on the course.
Early packet pickup is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Burnet Park Field house (the former rink). Runners can register during packet pickup. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at the race site on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Parking is available in Burnet Park via the Avery Avenue entrance, limited parking is available in the upper lot at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and at ARC of Onondaga on Wilbur Avenue. Organizers encourage runners to come early to allow time to walk from your parking lot to the starting line.
“We’re happy to report that to date 34 active duty members of the military will be participating in the Shamrock Run,” race director Eileen McAndrew said. A $5 discount was extended to all active duty members of the military this year. “In addition, runners have made online contributions to the St. Patrick Hunger project of over $2,200. The online donation option was also new this year,” McAndrew added. Runners are encouraged to either make a contribution or bring a nonperishable food item to the run with them.
The 4-mile run course will have more than a dozens bands along the route, playing on street corners and from porches, and neighbors are expected to line the course to cheer the runners on.