The Shamrock Shuffle benefits Habitat for Humanity here in Lexington. How long has this race been going on? How much money was raised? What about the amount of participants?

Shamrock Shuffle: man dressed like a leprechaun running
Photo by Austin Johnson/ HJ

The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration began with the 13th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 3K at 8 am. The race started near the Lexington Center and ended by the new courthouse. It was a cold morning, but that didn’t deter runners from having fun and dressing up.

Neighborhood friends Grassroots Pharmacy and a few members of their track team participated in the race. They enjoyed some after race refreshments and food by local businesses and restaurants.

After the race concluded the most adorable competition took place, the Parade of Dogs. Many owners dressed their puppies in St. Patrick themed outfits for a prize and the title of best dressed. It was a stiff competition because all looked amazing and so cute, but a winner had to be crowned. Once the winner was announced, the dogs and owners were led by bag pipes and paraded around the grounds in front of the courthouse for all to see.

Shamrock Shuffle: a blue mascot and a woman dressed like an old woman smiling at the camera
Photo by Austin Johnson/ HJ

For those staying for the parade later that day, there were plenty of entertainment to keep them satisfied until 1 pm. Alltech had their tent where they did the blessing of the keg.

In the end, over $60,000 was raised to benefit Lexington’s Habitat for Humanity in creating affordable housing in Lexington. There were also 1,934 adults and kids that registered for the 3K. That number does not include the countless dogs that attended with their owners.





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