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Posted on: February 3, 2021

5th Annual Marietta Shamrock Shuffle VIRTUAL 5K March 6 - 13th

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February 2, 2021

CONTACT: Daneea Badio-McCray

Marietta PAL Executive Director

MARIETTA - The Marietta Police Athletic League (PAL) invites you, your family, and your company to create a team and register today for the 5th Annual Marietta Shamrock Shuffle Virtual 5K Walk/Run!  This year’s event will take place Saturday, March 6th at 6:00am through Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at 12:00pm at any location of your choosing.   Registration is available for just $30.   

All pre-registered race participants will be eligible to receive a race shirt and a race medal.  Race participants may pick up their t-shirt, medal and race swag bags in person at the Shamrock Shuffle “Pot of Gold” event on March 12th.   See details below.  Race category awards will be announced after the race ends on March 13th.   Race awards will be mailed to category winners within one week following the end of the race.

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The Shamrock Shuffle Pot of Gold Celebration will be held Friday, March 12th from 5:30-8:30pm in partnership with Atlanta’s very own Major League Rugby team, Rugby ATL.   The Marietta Police Athletic League has partnered with Rugby ATL who has agreed to host the Marietta Shamrock Shuffle “Pot of Gold Celebration” at Rugby ATL’s pre-season game on Friday, March 12th at 7pm!   This means Shamrock Shuffle Race participants will receive a free ticket to the game with race registration, on a first come first served basis. 

The Pot of Gold Celebration on March 12th from 5:30-8:30pm will include:

  1. Free admission into Rugby ATL’s season opener on Friday, March 12th at 7pm at Lupo Field @ Life University, 1494 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060!   Upon request, tickets will be emailed in advance of the game.
  2. Packet Pickup at the Marietta PAL/Shamrock Shuffle tent – to include your commemorative 2021 Race t-shirt, medal & some great swag!
  3. Shamrock Shuffle Costume Competition – wear your St. Patrick’s Day themed costumes for a chance to win some great prizes!  Costume Categories include: Most spirited St. Patty's Kids (for those 12 & under) & Adults’ Best Wearin' O' the Green.  Winners will be announced during halftime and prizes presented at the Marietta PAL/Shamrock Shuffle tent.

We encourage all attendees of the Pot of Gold/Rugby ATL game night event to wear masks in addition to keeping 6 feet from others.  This Pot of Gold Celebration is sure to be a fun opportunity to celebrate the race and enjoy a professional Rugby game with fellow race participants, rugby fans, family and friends in a safe, socially distanced, outdoor environment.

Proceeds from the Marietta Shamrock Shuffle will benefit Marietta PAL, a non-profit organization which believes “it’s better to build youth than mend adults.” Through free and low-cost youth programs, PAL helps to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities which create trust and build understanding between law enforcement and youth.  PAL provides programs for school-aged youth, from 5-17 years old.  PAL offers daily afterschool, summer camp, martial arts, boxing and basketball programs at the Hugh L. Grogan Jr. Community Center, 510 Lawrence Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

Please make plans to attend the Marietta Shamrock Shuffle and/or make a donation to support Marietta youth!  To register or donate visit: for more information. 

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