Downtown Midland presents a progressive workout event with Shamrock Sip & Strut

Have you ever done a progressive workout with different circuit stations? They’re a pretty popular way to get in a good sweat quickly, but have you ever done one with snacks and sips along the way? That’s just what Downtown Midland has planned for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration event. The second annual Shamrock Sip & Strut takes place downtown on Friday, March 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The progressive workout encourages participants to do assigned workouts at different stations, and provides exclusive drink and snack deals at participating businesses. 

The one-mile, self-paced workout route goes through Downtown Midland, and includes nine different small business spots: Brinstar Arcade Bar and Grill, Decker’s Lounge, Grape Beginnings Winery, Molasses Smokehouse, Proper Taco, Serendipity Road, Tavern on Main, Three Bridges Distillery & Taproom, and Whichcraft Taproom

Kristina Loeffler, downtown events coordinator for the City of Midland has been in her role since the beginning of July. She works to encourage local shopping and dining year-round by regularly hosting events that encourage foot traffic to the area. 

“This community event helps to bring more exposure to our downtown businesses,” Loeffler says. “This particular event highlights our restaurants and our bars as well, and also encourages a little bit of working out as springtime rolls around.”

Participants can go through the course at their own leisure, and enjoy the workout circuits with friends, family, or neighbors. Nine different workout stations will be staffed with coaches guiding participants on the exercises. 

“This community event helps to bring more exposure to our downtown businesses."
Last year’s inaugural event was successful, says Loeffler. “I wasn’t here during that time, but as far as I hear, it was a great event. We had a sold out event, with 200 people. Everybody enjoyed being able to workout downtown.”

This year’s event allows an increased capacity, as to spread the workout stations a bit farther along Main and Rodd Street. Check-in begins at 5:30 before the 7 p.m. event start time. Tickets are $25 and include the workout route, a themed t-shirt, St. Patrick’s Day swag like headbands, necklaces, glowsticks, and a wristband that allows $4 drink specials. Online registration is due March 14.  There are no day-of signups. 

Shamrock Sip & Strut is an all-ages event, although ID is required for those 21+ adults choosing to drink at the local bar spots. Participants are encouraged to wear clothing they’re comfortable working out in, and are allowed to bring water bottles. 

The event is also in need of volunteers. Interested folks can sign up online for volunteer stations, and will receive a free t-shirt at the event. 

“It’s a great way to get your friends to work out with you,” Loeffler says. “It’s a way to come out, socialize and see downtown. We’d love to have more people come join us.”

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