Almost 60 charities will benefit from this year’s Shamrock Shuffle run and community party.
The March 8 event will be held at The Square at Union Centre and is hosted by the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty and the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association.
Last year’s event drew more than 5,000 participants and raised nearly $100,000 for several charities overseen by the community foundation. It was recently dubbed Best of the North in the category Best Charity Race for the second year.
“It’s amazing to see the amount of support we get,’’ said Lindsay Wiseman, president of the community foundation. “We have 75 charity teams signed up – we only had 60 teams a week ago.”
Participants can choose between a 5K or 10K run/walk or the children’s Leprechaun Lap for those ages 3-10 years. Packets for anyone who preregisters can be picked up from 4-8 p.m. March 6 or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 7, at the Midpointe West Chester library, 9363 Centre Pointe Dr.
Those who sign up for a team can designate a charity to receive proceeds. Individuals can designate a charity or the community foundation, where it will be put into a community grant fund.
While the walk/runners travel through the Union Centre business district and nearby neighborhoods spectators and family members can listen to music on the square. There will also be merchant booths.
“Get the spirit of St. Patty’s Day. Dress up. It’s a lot of fun,’’ Wiseman said.