Call me crazy, but the Shamrock Series 5k was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip.
The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and the participants were almost all Irish fans. To top it all off, John came out of “running retirement” to join me. (The last race we ran together was the BIX7 in 2011.)
It would have pumped me up enough to have the Notre Dame fight song playing at the start, but the Shamrock Series did it right. The Notre Dame
Marching band was there to see us off, complete with the leprechaun leading the way. While most people associate the Notre Dame Fight Song with football games, it reminds me of the Notre Dame Sunburst Marathon four years ago. I was ready to run!
Past the Cheers Bar on Beacon St. and then down Commonwealth Avenue, the route was out-and-back. The turnaround took us close to Fenway, and the finish was back at the Boston Commons Park. This route was flat and offered gorgeous architecture. It was the perfect way to take in the city.
And if that wasn’t enough, check out the finisher’s medal.
As promised, we went straight to Dunkin Donuts for warm pastries and hot coffee as a reward.