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Paddy's Road Race - The Shillelagh Shuffle 3-Miler in Newton, Massachusetts
This wonderful three-miler is simply an awesome Irish-themed road race and celebration at a marvelous, quintessential Irish pub. It’s the New England Runner Pub Series finale—great race for a great cause. Yes, Paddy's in West Newton is the place to be for the 13th edition of the Paddy's Road Race, named for this famous host Irish Pub on Elm Street. The post race with food, Irish music, beer garden, raffles and more will reward your running endeavor and warm your heart.

Paddy's Road Race - The Shillelagh Shuffle 3-Miler in Newton, Massachusetts

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Sunday, 12 October, 2014

This annual road race and celebration provides a three-mile competitive road race, a 1K Youth and All Abilities Run, and youth field races with lots of fun for the entire family. And best of all it benefits Newton’s Special Athletes. Enjoy a fast clockwise loop through the neighborhoods of West Newton followed by a terrific post-race celebration at this, the finale of the 17th annual New England Runner Pub Series.

If you have never run the Paddy’s Road Race in West Newton then you are in for a delightful treat. If you are returning for this one it is likely one of your favorites on the running calendar. About 2,500—probable sellout—will enjoy this three-mile pub race. If you are familiar with the area, all the more reason to enjoy this clockwise certified loop through town for a wonderful cause, Newton Special Athletes. As always, this community event will be a treat for runners and walkers of all abilities, and the organization is first class. Paddy’s Race Website

The O’Hara family, owners of Paddy’s Pub and O’Hara’s Food and Spirits, and Athletes Unlimited Newton, as well as a long list of excellent sponsors, welcome you to the 13th edition of the Paddy’s Road Race, the Shillelagh Shuffle.

This event is very well organized, and after 12 previous years they really have it down—smooth registration and number pick-up process, good course monitoring, and of course the fabulous post race fun with excellent food, awards, raffles and a silent auction. It is chip timed by Granite State Race Services using the Chronotrack Bib-tag system, and they offer 10-year age group awards three deep through 70+. Engraved Shillelagh’s go to the overall female and male winners.

There are volunteer opportunities available if you wish to get involved but are not running. Please see the website; it’s a great way to give back if you are going to watch family or friends run, or if you are unable to run yourself for some reason.

In the early years it was known as the Troubadour Trot, and the race has become a highly respected road race with all the amenities. It is truly a community happening, with an excellent array of sponsorship. Check Paddy’s Race Website for race details, course map and description, directions, volunteer needs, contacts, charities, past results, photos, and much more. We hope you can join us on Sunday, October 19th for the 13th Annual Paddy’s Road Race – the Shillelagh Shuffle. Start time for the 3-miler is 11:30.

Again this year there will be Youth Field races beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at nearby West Newton Common. And all participants receive a T-shirt, #1 bib, and medal. The kids can enjoy inflatable bounces, face painting, balloons and more activities before or after their field run. And the 1K Youth and All Abilities race will get underway at 10:30 on Border Street just down from Paddy’s Pub where the 3-miler starts an hour later.

The Course
The three-mile course is a very flat, very fast, USATF certified (MA07030JK) and chip-timed race with a clockwise loop starting and finishing adjacent to the pub on Border Street (near the Elm Street intersection just off Washington Street). From the start on Border it turns left passing Paddy’s Pub on Elm followed by a quick left on Webster Street, and then the clockwise loop begins through the neighborhoods. From Webster it’s a right on Lexington Street followed by a right on River Street. A right on Elm off River takes runners back toward Paddy’s. A final right on Webster completes the loop and carries the field to that final left on Border Street and a triumphant fast finish adjacent to the pub.

Win a Trip to Ireland--Newton Special Athletes, Athletes Unlimited
Click on the race Website and go to the Spreading Smiles Campaign and you will be eligible for the drawing for this amazing trip to the Emerald Isle. You could also win a 50-inch flat screen TV. This program provides more than 20 very special and effective therapeutic recreational programs. It is a non-profit run through Newton Recreation and directed by Mark Kelly, Special Needs Director, who also directs the Paddy’s Road Race. You can reach mark and find out more about the program at or by calling 617-796-1500. For more information on Athletes Unlimited please visit

New England Runner Pub Series Finale
This will be the Grand Finale of the eminent New England Runner Pub Series, 17th edition, a six-race series of excellent events which attracts a very loyal following. This regional gem includes events designed to celebrate road racing and to celebrate the joy that friendly competition and running camaraderie can bring. The music, excellent food and beverages, including beer garden, at Paddy’s typify the Pub Series; go to New England Runner Website.

It began April 13 at the Doyle’s Emerald Necklace Five Miler, Jamaica Plain, MA; followed by the 14th Annual Evan’s Run, Norwell, MA on May 18; the 21st Corrib Pub 5K in West Roxbury, MA on June 1; the 29th East End Club Five Mile (first time in the series), Lowell, MA on July 20; and soon the 6th Annual Bernie’s Run 3 Miler in Dedham, MA on October 5th. And of course the series closes with the Paddy’s Road Race Shillelagh Shuffle, October 19.

The Pub Series uses a cross-country type point system (top 50 in each event score) with cash and swag available for participants. The top 10 masters and seniors, top 8 vets, and top 3 octogenarians also receive points each race. Many covet the gender specific New Balance jacket awarded to those finishing all six; there are New Balance shoes for those completing 5. Overall top five open runners receive cash awards and New Balance shoes. The top age group winners also win cash and shoes, while 2nd and 3rd age group winners receive New Balance merchandise.

Race Day Pick-Up and Late Registration
Race Day Number Pick-Up is from 9:30 am - 11:10 am (Come early!!). You can also register at this time, although we suggest that you register online or latest at the Paddy's Pub on Saturday if possible. (There were 2,200 registrants last year and they will close the race at 2,500.) When you get to the race, head to the large white tent and get into the line that corresponds to your race number (lines 1-199, 200-399, 400-599, etc.) to get your bib and pins.

Runners with numbers 1-700 will receive a race shirt. If you are not within the first 700 runners, no need to worry. They have additional shirts in multiple logos/colors to sell on Saturday and race day. T-shirt options, women’s and men’s, are on the race website at Paddy’s. Make checks payable to Newton Special Athletes.

Paddy's Youth Field Races & Kids Festival, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Participants in the youth field races can pick up their bib on Saturday October 18th between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the pub or on race morning at West Newton Common. If picking up bibs on Sunday morning please check in at the youth race tent at least 30 minutes prior to your child's start time. This is a terrific opportunity for kids to get involved in healthy and truly fun activities.

Parking is very tight in West Newton, so you will want to get to the race EARLY (WE RECOMMEND BETWEEN 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.)!!! Please utilize parking lot at 1210 Washington Street and the lot off Waltham Street and Webster Street (MBTA Metered Lot). On street parking is also available in the area. If you need directions please go to the race web site Paddy’s Race. Please carpool if you can!

Post Race Party:
Stick around for an amazing Paddy's Post Race Extravaganza. Enjoy great food, refreshments, the beer garden, music, entertainment, raffle and awards.

Paddy’s is special! One of the great things about this Irish Pub is that it truly reflects its Irish heritage—this is not just a few decorations, this one is genuinely Irish. You have to check it out for the food, the brews, and the Irish cultural artifacts they have displayed throughout. Paddy’s sits at 95 Elm Street, West Newton, MA 02465, a block off Washington Street. Paddy’s Pub Website

Be There
Sign up now! Registration and packet pick-up are available on Saturday at Paddy's from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or on race morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. If you have further questions please email for more information or call (617) 796-1527 with any questions.

On behalf of the Newton Special Athletes program thank you for registering and attending Paddy's Road Race, the Shillelagh Shuffle 3 Miler. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Please visit the race website at Paddy’s Road Race for more information.



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