The 712 Initiative ( will be hosting the Shamrock Shuffle 5K on March 11 starting at 10 a.m. This festive race winds through historic downtown Council Bluffs, with the finish line located at the Historic 100 Block. The 712 Initiative encourages St. Patrick’s Day attire to fit the shamrock themed 5K. Along with festive outfits, the race begins and ends with an outdoor party with live music and local eats. Call your friends, bring your family, and get ready for the best event this side of the rainbow!

This is a nationally-certified 5K route that is professionally timed, but is for all ages and skill levels. The registration deadline is March 10 at 6 p.m. Awards will be given out in four different categories, 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and ages 60 and over. Awards will be presented following the race at the afterparty.

Through effective partnerships and promotion of existing programs, The 712 Initiative will develop innovative solutions to strengthen the city’s downtown and West Broadway areas thus improving housing conditions, encouraging healthier lifestyle choices, and making Council Bluffs a destination among residents and visitors. For more information, go to