Parade weekend: Runners ready to go for pair of Shamrock Races

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Shamrock Shuffle is a big draw to the city’s downtown. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH With the support of Citizen’ Bank as the title sponsor, Millennium Running is expecting over 4,000 runners and thousands of spectators in downtown Manchester to kick off the spring running season.

The 3rd annual Citizens Bank Shamrock Half Marathon & Relay is sold out  with over nearly 2,000 runners.  It is a 13.1 mile multi-loop course in downtown Manchester that will start at 8:50 a.m. March 30.  While the 9th annual Citizens Bank Shamrock Shuffle, a 2-mile Irish-themed run/walk, will start at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday March 31.   The Shuffle will precede the annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade that steps off at noon.

This weekend’s running events and St. Patrick’s Parade are part of a busy weekend in the City of Manchester that includes the NCAA Men’s Hockey Northeast Regional Tournament games on Friday and Saturday at the SNHU Arena.

“Our operations team works closely with the City of Manchester municiple departments to ensure a safe and fun event for all participants and spectators,” stated John Mortimer of Millennium Running.   “The City of Manchester’s Specical Events Office, the Mayors office, Police Department, Department of Public Works and the folks at the SMG/SNHU Arena have all worked together to ensure that visitors to the City have a very positive experience while our local business benefit from the economic impact.”

The NH Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH, is the official charity of the Half Marathon while the St. Patrick’s Parade and is the official charity of the Shuffle.   Since inception in 2011, Millennium Running has distributed over half-million dollars to non-profits and organizations from signature event proceeds.

“We are honored to have such a great sponsor in Citizens Bank who understands the importance of community,” stated Millennium Running founder and race director, John Mortimer.   “Together with Citizens Bank and thousands of runners, we can make a meaningful difference in supporting the NH Food Bank and those struggling in our State.”

“We cannot thank Citizens Bank and Millennium Running, the runners, volunteers and others for their partnership, generosity and support,” said Eileen Groll Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Community partners like Citizens Bank and Millennium Running are such an integral part of our organization. As the Food Bank receives no federal or state funding for our food distribution program, donations like these go a long way in helping to feed the hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters who are food insecure.”

For the second year in a row, Citizens Bank will again serve as the title sponsor for the half marathon & relay on Saturday and Suffle (two-mile run/walk) on Sunday.

“We are proud to once again partner with Millennium Running as the title sponsor of the 2019 Citizens Bank Shamrock Half, Relay and Shuffle,” said Joe Carelli, President of Citizens Bank, New Hampshire and Vermont. “This annual event is a hallmark for our community and provides a unique opportunity to get outside, be active, and support some outstanding community organizations while you are at it,” said Carelli. “In addition, we are excited to have our friends at the New Hampshire Food Bank join us this year as the official charity of the Shamrock half marathon; because we know that every dollar raised will go a long way in ending hunger in the Granite State.”

For information on covering the Citizens Bank Shamrock Half Marathon & Relay or Citizens Bank Shamrock Shuffle, please email or call Race Director John Mortimer  jmortimer@millenniumrunning.com | 603-512-1976 .

More information is also found on the event: http://www.millenniumrunning.com/shamrock

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