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Health & Fitness

Runners to dress their best during annual fun run

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:05PM March 10th, 2017

If you go

What: JBLM Shamrock ‘n Run

When: Saturday at 11 a.m.

Where: Family and MWR’s Fest Tent, 2200 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main

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March brings a couple of events on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. For one, spring is just around the corner. So is the first race of the year, hosted by the JBLM Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff.

The Shamrock ‘n Run is Saturday just outside Family and MWR’s Fest Tent on Lewis Main. The 1K kids’ run will begin at 11 a.m., followed briefly by the 5K fun run. The annual fun run is generally a heavily-attended event by service members, families, retirees and other community members.

Last year’s event included more than 750 total runners who preregistered for the event.

“I think the Shamrock ‘n Run really exemplifies that spring is here,” said Aaron Jones, director of JBLM Sports, Fitness and Aquatics. “Living in the Pacific Northwest, springtime is very welcomed after what sometimes seems to be a long and gloomy winter.”

The JBLM Shamrock ‘n Run is also viewed as a festive event. Although the official St. Patrick’s Day is not until March 17, the fun run is a celebration that does the holiday proud. Like other holiday-themed runs, Jones said families on the base enjoy coming out for a fun-filled gathering.

“I think people really enjoy dressing up, spending some family time and it gives adults a reason to feel like kids again,” Jones said.

That’s why Jones and the rest of the staff coordinating races like the Shamrock ‘n Run focus on bringing more than just a fun run. Everyone who finishes the run will receive a special-made pint glass — a perfect thing for the beer garden for ages 21 and older.

There will also be root beer available for younger runners. Kids will also have the opportunity to jump around in bounce houses before and after the 1K and 5K runs. With cotton candy and popcorn being served, Jones said it’s a way for the JBLM runners to get the most bang for their buck.

“(We’re) adding more things for kids to do as well as giving the community itself more reason to stick around and enjoy the festivities,” Jones said. “While the run itself is fun, we’re making it an event for everyone from A to Z.”

With all of the additions to the festivities, one aspect that will return from previous years is the costume contest. Runners of all ages will be able to dress up however they want. Creativity is rewarded and can range from simple green attire to an elaborate pot o’gold costume.

Jones said the costume contest judges will be looking for attire that screams “St. Paddy’s Day.”

Online registration has now closed, but runners can still sign up the day of the event at Family and MWR’s Fest Tent starting at 9 a.m. The registration fee will be $35 for the 5K and $25 for the 1K with a valid military ID. Those without a military ID will pay $45 for the 5K and $30 for the 1K.