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ShamROCK 'n' Run revamped to boost the fun

Northwest Guardian

Published: 03:11PM March 6th, 2014

There's no need for Joint Base Lewis-McChord lads and lassies to travel far for St. Patrick's Day.

JBLM Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual event combines a fun run with a post-race party to celebrate the Irish. The JBLM ShamROCK 'n' Run is March 15 at the FMWR Fest Tent at 11 a.m.

The always popular run will be the same in that everyone will be dressed in their best green, but it will not be a timed race. Age group awards will not be given, but all registered participants will leave with a participation medal. The goodies don't stop there.

All registered participants also receive a T-shirt, a grilled "banger (sausage) on a bun" and entertainment -- all for $25 for those with military affiliation ($35 with no military affiliation).

"The cost of this event is so low for everything that you get," JBLM Intramural Programmer Tara Ricci said. "There's a long tradition on base for this. It's always been a really fun event that a lot of people attend. You get a real sense of community."

Last year's event attracted more than 600 runners and walkers, and this year's registration numbers are on pace to repeat that.

This year's run will not include a kid's 2K, but children are encouraged to participate in the 5K. The course also includes a 10K route.

The ShamROCK 'n' Run kicks off the 2014 Race Calendar and is the first fun run of the new year under the new non-timed format. The next event to be timed is the JBLM Half-Marathon and 5K in June.

"The reason we did that is because this is a fun run and we want to be able to offer everybody more instead of just the top athletes in that age group," Ricci said. "We want everybody to go home with something."

If participants fancy themselves a good time, they will have the opportunity to register for other upcoming events on location and can avoid navigating through the online system to register.

The event's later start time of 11 a.m. is to cater to those interested in Irish stout, available for purchase inside the tent after the race. While participants enjoy the cuisine and drink of Ireland, deejay Chrissy Williams will provide Irish and popular music.

Door prizes will be given away, including a drawing for a vacation valued at $500.