For the first time in its history, it will not be possible to sign up to compete in the St Patrick’s Day triple jump on the big day itself.
Instead, registration for Shamrock Love’s 3 Legged Charity Race 2022 began before the race via the event’s website on March 1, due to the limited number allowed to participate.
There is only room for 100 couples to participate – that is 200 racers in total. At the time of printing, there are still vacancies, the organizers confirm to CPH POST.
This can be problematic for anyone hoping to register from abroad, so do not be surprised if Stockholm Seamu, Dublin Dermot or Oslo Orla get you to help them – but keep in mind that there is a great incentive to help them or actually make your own charitable donation (via PayPal, GoFundMe or bank transfer – read more at shamrocklove.com/donate).
This year, thanks to race sponsor Guinness, a donor will win a trip for two to Dublin that includes travel expenses (up to $ 3,000), airport-hotel transfer both ways, two nights at a four-star hotel in the city center with breakfast, and a day out on Guinness Storehouse including breakfast.
The deadline to qualify for the prize is at. 18:00 on 31 March, and the winner will be announced on 2 April around kl. 15.00 Thanks to Guinness, the entire donation goes to charity.
Three charities again
This year, the race will again support three charities for children: Danish Hospital Clowns, Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice and CCAFO (Cambodian Children’s Advocacy Foundation Organization).
The race has supported the charities since 2012, 2015 and 2010 respectively and has collected 138,700, 86,700 and 164,700 kroner for them.
Since the start in 2001, the race has raised 556,700 kroner to charity – of which 15,000 in 2020, even though the race was canceled.
In 2012, a record 600 racing drivers participated.
Five pub pitstops
This year, the race begins at Kennedy’s Irish Bar at 14:00 and goes to The Shamrock Inn, Pub & Sport, The Globe and finally The Dubliner.
Racers are advised to go to Kennedy’s from around noon. 13:00 to pick up their 3LR packages – new this year, the racers’ legs will be tied with reusable velcro leg binders.
The course is 2.6 km long. After Kennedy’s, the races stop at three more ‘pitstops’ – The Shamrock Inn, Pub & Sport and The Globe – and drink half a pint each, before a grandstand finish along Strøget to the finish line at The Dubliner.
Be warned: it’s not easy. Bar jumping is difficult when you are tied to your partner and you need to coordinate your steps while drinking beer.
But the absolute majority of participants do it for the craic, and very few run at all! For those who participate, it is an experience they will never forget!
Never forget the blizzard
The main organizer is Siobhán Kelleher-Petersen, one of the three co-founders of the race, who is the sister of Globe quizmaster John Kelleher.
According to Siobhán, the race has never looked back since it became a fundraising event in 2007. And perhaps the most memorable race came a year later.
“I always smile when I think of St Patrick’s Day 2008 when we woke up to a snowstorm. I thought it would be a disaster and no one would show up,” she told CPH POST.
“But when I arrived down at Kennedy’s for registration, I saw them coming – over 200 of them! It was so cold, but we had fun, and we raised 21,500 kroner for charity, so it was a really good day. ”
Need to know
Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m., registration online; the race starts at Kennedy’s Bar, Gammel Kongevej 23, Cph V, the race ends with prizes at 16:15 at The Dubliner, Amagertorv 5, Cph K; minimum donation of DKK 200 per team; shamrocklove.com, paddysday.dk
Source: The Nordic Page