Streets being cleared for Shamrock Run

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo’s Old First Ward is being spruced up for Saturday’s Shamrock Run.

The Mayor’s Impact Team shoveled out the sewer drains, so all that melting snow has somewhere to go. They hauled away snow from the curbs and hydrants along Louisiana Street, while right around corner a front loader widened Republic Street. That’s where the finish line will be for Saturday’s Shamrock Run.

“It’s tremendous, the City’s a great partner in Public Works, Sewer Authority, they’re all helping us keep it going,” said Matt Fisher, Old First Ward Community Association member. “We’re proud to say this is our 37th year in this race and it’s never been cancelled.”

Fisher says, so far, more than 4,000 people have registered for the run despite the record shattering cold.

“There’s really a positive attitude. I think people consider 30 degrees to be the new 70. They’re really excited,” Fisher said. “It’s getting toward the freezing mark and they’re excited to get outside and spend the day with us.”

If years past have proven, it’s not just the running that draws people to the First Ward on the first Saturday of March.

“There’s corned beef and cabbage, there’s a beer tent, a lot of festivities, so it’s like a big get together party for the neighborhood and it all goes to support the Old First Ward Community Association.” Fisher said.

The 37th annual Shamrock Run kicks off at noon on Saturday along Louisiana Street. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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