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Record Turnout for the Shamrock Shuffle

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Mar 26, 2007 1:03PM

2005_04_sports_shamrock_shuffle.jpgChicagoist made sure to get out and enjoy yesterday's 70+ degree temps. Entertaining visitors from out of the country, we mostly stuck to walking along Michigan Ave. However, many took advantage of the nice temps to participate in the the 28th Annual Shamrock Shuffle, which drew a record 30,000 participants for its 8k run and 5k walk.

Viewed by many as the kick-off to the running season, runners had a chance to try out the legs after a winter off the roads and trails while raising money for charity.

The legs weren't the only body parts that got broken in for the upcoming season. Following the race itself, the participants and their guests attended a post-race party with music performances by both Maggie Speaks & Mike and Joe. If that doesn't get your ears in prime street festival condition, we don't know what will. For those who didn't get a chance to see the bands at Sunday's party, don't worry... they'll each be performing at approximately 400 street fests, art fairs and picnics this summer.