Tipperary Hill celebrates 19th Shamrock Run

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Whether they’re running or cheering, the Tipp Hill community shows up for the Shamrock Run in their neighborhood.

“Well, this is Tipperary Hill, so you know years and years ago, immigrants came here and settled here on the west side of Tipperary Hill. So we have that heritage and that love and that loyalty to all things Irish, and so that’s the reason why people just can’t wait to put on their green and show how proud we are of being Irish,” Eileen Murray, race director for the Shamrock Run, said.

St. Patrick’s Day is second to none when it comes to how much it’s celebrated here in Central New York.

“There’s a strong sense of Irish pride up here, and there’s, other ethnicities as well, but it’s a community inside of Central New York, and I think people take great pride in that,” John Dalgety, a race coordinator said.

The Shamrock Run celebrates Tipp Hill’s heritage with people from all different backgrounds, but the run also signifies that spring is just around the corner.

“When it comes along in the year, I think people are ready and excited to shake off winter a little bit and also celebrate. A lot of people celebrate their Irish heritage and just get out and enjoy great times with families and friends,” Dalgety added.

One runner, Juliana Liedka, usually does the Shamrock Run with her sister, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Now, she’s running in honor of her.

“I really admire that even though she’s really tired all the time. Even when she’s in pain, she manages to keep a smile on her face,” Liedka said.

Not everybody racing is Irish, but they enjoy how the community rallies together.

“The people that stand outside and cheer you on is amazing, and the support from the community is awesome. It’s such a fun run,” Michelle Humphrey explained.

So, Irish or not, you’re welcome to tag along.

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