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JBLM ShamROCKin’ Run 5K


Northwest Guardian

Published: 03:11PM March 1st, 2018

Northwest Guardian / 2017

ABOVE: Participants will come dressed appropriately for the annual JBLM ShamROCKin’ Run 5K on Lewis Main March 10. AT LEFT: Gina Wadleigh, of Olympia, sports a green hat and glasses during the 2017 JBLM Shamrock ‘n Run 5K on Lewis Main.

If you go

What: JBLM ShamROCKin’ Run

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

When: Packet pick-up and registration at 8:30 a.m. Costume contest at 9:30 a.m. Kids Rockin’ Rainbow Rush 1K at 10 a.m. 5K run at 10:30 a.m.

With a new theme and new name, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord ShamROCKin’ Run kicks off the 2018 JBLM Race schedule at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Festival Tent on Lewis Main March 10.

Carlissa Jenkins considers herself lucky to be one of the lead coordinators for this year’s event, and it’s not just from the luck of Irish stemming from the St. Patrick’s theme.

Family and MWR’s Development System made the decision to give more of its employees the chance to take the lead on 2018 fun runs. Jenkins, who is coordinating along with Abigail Crosby, considers it a fun challenge.

“This is my first event in general that I’ve worked on, and it was a lot of fun to take an event that has very high expectations in the public and make it even better,” said Jenkins, who is an administrative assistant for the Northwest Adventure Center.

The most notable change for returning JBLM runners is the slight name change. For years, the St. Patrick’s themed fun run was called the Shamrock ‘n Run. The new ShamROCKin’ name calls attention to the event’s new rock and roll theme.

The America’s First Corps Band’s “Courage” rock group will perform live inside Family and MWR’s Fest Tent, where Jenkins said the band hopes to create a concert vibe that is new and refreshing for JBLM’s running enthusiasts.

“We want people to walk in and not even recognize that it’s the Fest Tent and think they’re at a concert,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said both rock and Irish themes are welcome in the fun run’s costume contest. Prizes will be given away to the best and most creative individual, youth and family or group.

One idea is to have a group dress up like the famous rock band U2, which hails from Ireland. Jenkins said she would love to see a group dress up like the band KISS, but with green.

“We’re definitely going to be looking for people who are incorporating the rock and roll and St. Patrick’s Day together,” Jenkins said.

The event is expected to attract hundreds of runners — both dedicated athletes and those who might be doing their first 5K. With the inclusion of a kids’ 1K run, the entire military community can enjoy the event.

“I ran the run last year,” Jenkins said. “I don’t really work out that often, and I think it gives people an chance to have fun while being active.”

The fun run will include crafting activities for both kids and adults, who can pain beer steins provided by the JBLM Arts and Crafts Center to be fired up and baked for a later pick-up. Adult crafting costs $12 per person.

Runners ages 21 and older will receive a custom pint glass along with their finisher’s medal. The glass earns one free fill inside the Fest Tent, where Guinness Blonde, colored green, and Red Top from Silver City Brewery will be served.

Registered runners will also receive a collectors race bib and a grilled Irish banger sausage. T-shirts are guaranteed to all preregistered runners, but T-shirts are also likely available to those who sign up before the late registration period concludes Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

Military-affiliated runners pay $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K. Others pay $35 for the 5K and $25 for the 1K.

Military runners who register the day of the event will pay $35 for the 5K and $25 for the 1K. Prices are $45 (5K) and $30 (1K) for all others.

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Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon