This Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle race is shuffling locations from previous years.
Construction in North Lawrence is preventing the traditional start at Johnny’s Tavern, 401 N. Second St., so the race will start at the Flamingo Club, 501 N. Ninth St., and follow a different route than in the past.
The Shamrock Shuffle is a 5K run and walk that is part of the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities. It is also a fundraiser for five local charities: Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Family Promise of Lawrence, Lawrence Humane Society, Van Go Mobile Arts Inc., and Women’s Transitional Care Services.
The route change is just for the construction and won’t be permanent, said Jim McDonald, chairman for the Shamrock Shuffle and a local chiropractor.
“It’s a one-year deal,” he said.
The race will start outside the Flamingo Club at 8 a.m. Saturday, travel south toward the river levee, then end at the Flamingo Club, where participants will get a hot breakfast.
McDonald said the race is open to runners and walkers alike and that some people even bring their dogs to give them some exercise.
“It’s a really fun time, and hopefully we get nice weather,” he said.
Those interested in participating can go to this Web site to find an entry form. It’s too late for mail-in forms, but people can register the morning of the race if they get there before 7:30 a.m.