BILLINGS – Runners enjoyed the first race of the year in Billings on Saturday.
The Caledonian Pipes and Drums of Billings greeted runners at the finish line at Pioneer Park for the 36th annual Shamrock Run.
The run features 10-k and 5-k races
The run has traditionally been held on the Sunday of St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The Yellowstone Rim Runners changed the date so it wouldn’t conflict with a run in Bozeman.
The Shamrock run helps bring in more members and celebrates running.
“We’ve had a hard winter and not a lot of people have been able to run on the roads,” said Aaron Redland, Yellowstone Rimrunners President. “And so for them to come out and kick out a five or a 10 k, sometimes it’s challenging. It’s just come participate, run, walk, just come have fun. We have festivities. it’s just a fun atmosphere and seeing all your running friends again that you haven’t seen through the winter.”
The Shamrock Run is the first race in Billings Trailnet’s four-race challenge, which also includes the Heart and Sole Run, Rims 2 River and the Quality of LIfe Run.