Shamrock Shuffle brings runners from throughout area

March 22, 2017 by  

On Saturday, March 18, runners from throughout Butler and Warren Counties gathered in West Chester Township to enjoy the Shamrock Shuffle.

This year was the 11th such event, which is a run for charity. Although the day was cold and windy, thousands of people walked or ran, or were cheered on by spectators.

People also gathered for a party at The Square of Union Centre, which is adjacent to the race’s start/finish line, where they could play games, enjoy food and drink, and listen to live music. The fountain in the square sprayed green water in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Barb Wilson, speaking on behalf of the township, said the Shamrock Shuffle is a signature run for the community, and she appreciates people putting up with the road closures that are necessary during the event. There are a number of charitable organizations that benefit from the money raised, so she is grateful the community is so enthusiastic about participating.

Primary among the recipients is the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, which uses it to fund grants, but 60 other causes receive money as well. Last year, over 4,500 people took part in the Shamrock Shuffle, raising over $70,000.

Events like these can benefit if organizers work with a postcard printing company to create cards that could be used to promote the race to local towns such as Fairfield, which is about four miles away.