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St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shuffle 5K Report and Photos (Read 4 times)


Barking Mad To Run


    I am Scott aka Scottydog aka Scotty Dogg, runner since 1983, cancer survivor – caught very early, so I actually had a fairly easy time of it - , retired Air Force, employee of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), friend of dogs, fun-runner, and all-around punster and goofball.  In 2003 I had spinal arthritis flare up and ever since then I’ve done the run/walk method since it hurts my back too much now to run continuously with no walk breaks.  I’m on what I call my “2F Plan” which stands for Fun and Finish.  My only goals for a race these days are finish everything I start, have fun along the way, and finish standing up with no ambulance waiting for me.  At events that I now do for fun I carry my camera, chase “Great Legs” to help motivate my slow old man self to keep moving forward, and take pictures before, during, and after the race. Sometimes I even get a nice post-race sweaty hug from one of the Great Legs ladies.   I then do a pictorial race report of my events.  I also carry dog biscuits with me to treat any dogs I may meet at a run – unless it’s a mean dog; then the biscuit goes in one direction and I go in another.  Hence my nickname “Scottydog.”

    And a big thanks to for allowing me a “home” for my many many MANY race reports and photos.  Great site, free training log; calendars; running routes; maps; conversation forums for runners; and much more


    Here is yet another of my photo reports.  Full report below.    


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    A couple of the photos came out a bit blurry, sorry about that, I am definitely no professional photographer, lol, but at least the photos are free.




    My 18th race of 2017 was the Shamrock Shuffle at 7 PM on March 17.  Held at McAllister Park in San Antonio.   Really nice turn out for a Friday evening race and the weather was sweet…no wind, sunny with a few clouds, and a temp of 68 degrees.   I live quite close to the park so it was an easy drive over.  Arrived with about 45 minutes to go to start time and took a few ‘before” photos.




    Me and friend Karen...I wore this shirt in honor of a friend who is dealing with some issues right now.


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    This guy is wearing the race shirt...and a lovely lady.... 

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    On the paved roads and paved off-road trails of the park.  VERY flat, not a hill in sight on this route, not even an incline along the way. Good PR course for those trying to set one.  Started at the park pavilion that is near some soccer fields.  Before we started, there was also a kids’ run, and I got a photo of this little darlin’ coming into the finish.


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    We all lined up, the National Anthem was played, and then we were off right on time.  iRun Texas, a local running store/training company/race management company did all the setup for this one and I will give them one thing, in just about all their races done, they start right on time. Always enjoy doing their events.

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    We runners and walkers along the way:

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    Thank you, Park Police officer, for stopping that car that was coming toward all of us as we were doing mile one!




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    If I can't see them least I got the Great Legs...


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    I ended up 5th in my 60 – 65 age group. I knew I was not getting an award right from the start because I saw before the start several of the very speedy guys in my age group.  It’s all good, these days I am more of a ‘fun runner’ anyway…and I am having a blast.



    All kinds of Shiner beer after the finish, and some really good kiolbassa sausages….at least I think they were kiolbassa…they were pretty tasty and not spicy at all, which I was thankful for, as about the spiciest thing I can eat these days is French’s mustard, lol. So drinking and munching, I wandered around taking some ‘after’ photos.   It was starting to get dark and my old-fashioned camera is not so great in the dark, even with a flash, so some of the photos are a tad blurry, but I think most came out fairly well, considering my old camera, and my terrible photo skill, lol.

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    Yep, I sweat a lot when I run...even in cold weather, lol

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    This guy and I do a lot of the same races...and he is usually ahead of me every time.  Speedy, often places in his age group, and always runs in a costume too.   I didn't want to tell him, though, that his bag doesn't go with that outfit... 

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    The most important volunteer there.  Yeah, beer!

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    I told my friend here "C'mon, we will get a photo of the two old guys here" and he said "Where's the other one?"  lol.  My 74 year old friend, still going strong!


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    Got a medal in his age group..


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    This was an inaugural race and it was very nice to be doing an organized race in McAllister again, there are not too many events done much in this park anymore, which is a shame because it is a really nice park to run or walk in.  Hope the event was worthwhile enough that iRun will keep this a regular thing each year.   Very nice race tee, lots of goodies, nice award medals, and some winners even got some ‘extras’….like my friend who got that nice bottle of Rebecca Creek Distillery product.  Nice seeing lots of my running friends/acquaintances out there too.  Kudos to iRun staff and all the volunteers for doing such a great job for this one.

    MUCHO thanks also to all the other folks that made this one possible too:  the sponsors, the Park Police officer that was out there for us on the park road portion of the race, the other park patrons – other runners, walkers, and cyclists – who were doing their own workouts in the park, and had the courtesy and patience to carefully wait us out when needed and not impede any participant’s path, et all.  Thank you all very much!


    Hope you enjoyed the report and photos!

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt