Vail’s annual Shamrock Shuffle is Saturday |

Vail’s annual Shamrock Shuffle is Saturday

VAIL — The Vail Recreation District will host the sixth annual Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle 10K, 5K and kids 1K fun run, in celebration of all things green on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Taking place on the Vail Nordic Center trails, the event includes race categories for showshoes and Yaktrax, as well as a non-prize-eligible running shoe category. The race will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday from the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse and will be followed immediately by a lively post-race party in the new Gore Range Room at the clubhouse. Participants and spectators of the Shamrock Shuffle are advised to park on the south end of the Nordic Center lot.

Costs for the race are $20 to  register online now at or $30 day-of; $15 for students who are register before race day or $25 on race day; and free for the kids 1K fun run. Racers may also register in person or pick up their bibs from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Icebreaker store, located in Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. Anyone who stops by the store during this time to register or pick up a bib will be entered to win an Icebreaker garment valued at $90. 

No snowshoes? No problem. Snowshoe rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Vail Nordic Center. 

Costumes are encouraged

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During the after-party, all participants will get a free dinner from the delicious soup buffet, and racers 21 years and older will receive a free beer with their race entry. There will also be drink specials of $6 wells, $6 wines and $4 cans of Bud Light. During the party, prizes will be given out to the top three women and men in the 5K and 10K snowshoe and Yaktrax categories.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the best St. Patrick’s Day-themed outfits. A raffle drawing will also take place for all participants at the after-party with an opportunity to win some great prizes. For your comfort, please bring a change of shoes for the after-party.

The Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle is the third and final event in the Vail Grail Winter Race Series. Participants who also completed the Vail Mountain Uphill and the Eagle-Vail Derail bike race will have a shot at winning the coveted Vail Grail, a permanent trophy that will bear the male and female division winners’ names for years to come. 

The 2017 Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle is presented by Krueger Architecture & Design, J Krueger and Company, Karl Krueger (architect), Celynn McClarrinon (certified grief recovery specialist), Grand Traverse Landscaping, McClarrinon Photography, Carol D. Krueger (attorney at law), Icebreaker, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Yaktrax, 808 Distillery and The Steadman Clinic.

For more information or to register, call Kip Tingle at 970-479-2280 or email For information about the Icebreaker store, call 970-331-0837.  

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