SHAMROCK WALK AND RUN – INDIANAPOLIS 2014
By Stephen A Duncan
How crazy are people. It’s the middle of March in Indiana and it’s been a cold and snow all winter, and its St Patrick’s Day weekend on top of everything else. I kept peeking at the alarm clock on the night stand. Do I really want to get up on a Saturday morning and go downtown Indianapolis and watch a bunch of people walk, run, and sweat? It’s my Saturday, a day to sleep in… and it’s not what I would call warm outside either. Okay, your idea of cold and my idea of cold (mid 30’s) are more than likely two different things. I decide I just need to get out of the house.
The 23rd Annual Shamrock Run and Walk is being held Saturday, March 15th on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis starting at 10:00am. It is the official race of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. That event comes on Monday. The race is open to people of all ages and abilities. They say come join the fun with thousands of others by participating in either the 4-mile Run (with timing tag) or the 4-mile Fitness Walk (without timing tag). The course starts at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis and goes to Fountain Square, home of the Irish Hill, before finishing back on the Circle.
Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear green and come dressed in your best Irish race costume, Long-sleeve commemorative participant t-shirt will be given to encourage you to walk, run and support of the amateur sports organizations in Central Indiana. Timing and scoring with results posted on indystpats.com. Run awards, overall male and female winner, age group awards, best dressed awards, the list goes on and on.
Friday night for the 18th straight year, the folks at the Hoosier Lottery will help Indianapolis celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making the downtown canal run green. If you’ve been a part of this celebration in the past, you know it is a must-see. If you’re new to Indianapolis, don’t miss your chance to be a part of the fun.
Entertainment on course includes the beer tent, and a real Irish band on stage. The band was called “Riley.”
Tinker Tierney, stood in the middle of the stage with a not so authentic hat and played Guitar, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistle.
Joe Neumann was on Bass, Joe tell me that “Newman” should be spelled “Neumann” with 2 n’s.
Brian Bruendl works the Drums, Banjo, and Mandolin.
Then Kimmy Unger, on fiddle, or is it violin? I got a lecture on the not so subtle differences between a violin and fiddle. As it turns out, the difference is largely based on the drink in your hand. If you are holding a Chardonnay in a stemmed glass it’s probably a violin. Swamp juice in a jar? Pro’lly a fiddle.