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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
3.3
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.3
The Shamrock Half Marathon & Relay features a one of a kind, multi-loop, spectator-friendly, 13.1 mile course in Downtown Manchester with cheer zones and relay exchange zones at the Wild Rover Irish Pub and Shaskeen Irish Pub. The Shamrock Shuffle is a 2-mile loop that starts and finishes at Veteran’s … MORE
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    djpremonition FIRST-TIMER '21

    The Shamrock Half Marathon was quite fun with lots to love and only a few minor issues. First let me start off with the production of this race which is … MORE

    The Shamrock Half Marathon was quite fun with lots to love and only a few minor issues.

    First let me start off with the production of this race which is put on by Millennium Running. It was top notch especially with their protocols and adjustments to make an in-person city streets race both safe and still feel as close to the normal race days of the past. I fly into Manchester the day before the race and did a bit of running from my hotel in downtown to the pre-race packet pickup at the Millennium Running store in Bedford, NH. Pickup was fast & simple with a long sleeve tech shirt & a magnet for the half and/or the shuffle (I did wish they had a bag for your swag but I ended up purchasing some items from the store so that took care of that probably). There was also race day packet pickup across from the start line as an alternative option.

    The start line was conducted with a “time trial start” which is a great way to allow for the proper social distancing while still having the feel of a race. Runners were grouped by zones based on predicted finish times and you didn’t need to be at your spot until about 15 mins before you would cross the start line. There was a jumbotron that displayed each runner name (two started at a time) and the announcer gave an enthusiastic shout out to both runners as they started. Free video and pics provided as well! Great production.

    The course started off in a more industrial/warehouse part of downtown for the first 4 miles which gave me a good amount of time to get into a groove before doing the three segments up & down Elm Street. It was great to run in the city and there were three different lanes on Elm Street that you end up running on depending on where you are in your run mileage wise. It was cool to see the faster/elite runners as you head on your journey. Lots of great folks cheering on runners throughout the course after the first 4 miles. My only complaint for the course was where the aid stations were placed especially given where the major hills were.

    I ended up hurting my hamstring during the race and didn’t finish the race anywhere nearly as strong as I wanted to (the course has a fantastically fast last 2 miles which can really shave time off your overall finish if you have gas left in the tank). Finish line has another video recording which was another awesome perk and there was plenty of recovery food + fluids as you crossed the line! The finisher medal is nice and if you ran the 2 mile shuffle the next day, you got a golden shamrock to place inside your medal as well (which I didn’t have to return home fast and missed out on this swag).

    Overall, I really enjoyed this race and with the high level of production I am looking forward to running some more of their events in the future (you get a cool race jacket if you complete 26.2 miles in 3 events with them). Who knew New Hampshire would be a new racing hub for me!

    I recommend anyone in the New England area to run the Shamrock Half in addition to some of the other Millennium Running events!

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4
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    M_Sohaskey Apr 08, 2021 at 8:44pm

    Love this, Cubie! Living out in California where races have been shut down for over a year now, I've been watching Amy (who commented before me) with envy as she's… MORE

    Love this, Cubie! Living out in California where races have been shut down for over a year now, I've been watching Amy (who commented before me) with envy as she's run one Millennium event after another. Glad you got to run with them as well and that it was such a great experience. And I hope your hamstring is healing nicely—I know how tricky hamstrings can be. Keep running strong, and thanks for the awesome review! ☘️ LESS

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    seagroves87 Apr 02, 2021 at 10:46am

    Great review! I wanted to be there but unfortunately I had to work last weekend so couldn't attend but I agree that Millenium Running's production during the pandemic has been… MORE

    Great review! I wanted to be there but unfortunately I had to work last weekend so couldn't attend but I agree that Millenium Running's production during the pandemic has been exceptional. I did so many races with them last year I got the ultra jacket for 40 miles! Definitely do the New England half in October if you can. It is my favorite of their events LESS

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    Shearwoman FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well produced race through the city of Manchester. Not too many hills, wonderful support and plentiful aid stations. Swag was wonderful...a hooded pullover and a sweet medal (You get additional … MORE

    Well produced race through the city of Manchester. Not too many hills, wonderful support and plentiful aid stations. Swag was wonderful…a hooded pullover and a sweet medal (You get additional bling if you run the shuffle the next day)!

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    pgillis FIRST-TIMER '18

    Pretty unique course, really focused on Elm Street, the main street in Manchester, which is really good for your spectators. They can literally see you 5 or 6 times without … MORE

    Pretty unique course, really focused on Elm Street, the main street in Manchester, which is really good for your spectators. They can literally see you 5 or 6 times without having to move more than one or 2 blocks away.

    The finisher’s medal is very nice (Shamrock shape as you’d probably guess) although it seems it was originally meant to be on a plaque as the pins are still in the back of it. Millenium Running puts on great races, you’ll always get free beer afterwards. Age group awards are never anything special but you’ll walk away with a beer glass if you place, which is something.

    Entry fee is a bit higher than I’d like to see in a half marathon but not totally unreasonable.

    The course itself has long uphills and long downhills but it’d be hard to design any course at any distance in Manchester that wasn’t. That’s not to say it’s not a fair course..it’s very runnable and the volunteers do a great job at the aid station and you could run a very good time here which I was able to do (missed my PR by 4 seconds and that was with pretty severe shin splints)

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2

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