Grab Your Running Shoes and Get Ready

Believe it or not, spring is on it’s way . . . and race season is starting.  We have a great way for you to get outdoors, get some exercise, and help two great causes at the same time.  

t-shirtSaturday March 24th will be the 5th Annual Running of The Shamrock, one of the first 5K races of the season.  The event, which benefits both The Ark and Hackett Catholic Central, is a fun way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your family.  According to Race Director Steve Clark,

 “We are excited to support The Ark — it’s a natural partner for us and has a common mission to Hackett.  Both organizations are dedicated to developing strong kids and we are pleased to work together.” 

So what can you expect if you decide to “do” The Shamrock?  Not only can you wear green and all of your Irish accessories, but the luck of the Irish will bring a great award for the top three finishers.  The race starts at Hackett Catholic Central High School (1000 West Kilgore) at 9 AM and, if you register before the race, you are guaranteed a stylish T-shirt (see above).  The event is also part of the Kalamazoo Area Runners Race Series and all KAR members are eligible for a discount when registering.

Not a runner?  Not a problem!  You can run, walk, or jog . . . this is truly an every that everyone can start and finish, and have a great time while doing so.  It’s also a great way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your family . . . either by doing the 5 K or the special Fun Run on Friday night (March 23).   This one-mile run begins at 6 PM and all participants get both a T-shirt and a ribbon.  It’s a great first step toward fitness for a great cause!

If you are interested . . .  we invite you to check out this link to register and get more information.  If you want to participate but not as a runner/walker, you can sign up to volunteer instead.  You can also e-mail the Race Director, Steve Clark, at to learn more.  We hope to see you on March 24th, getting fit and having fun for a great cause!


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