Irish eyes will be smiling on Saturday, March 14, when runners take off at the Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization’s second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run.
Registration for the race, which starts at 9 a.m. at Medway High School, 88 Summer St., is now open at www.racemenu.com/shamrockshuffle.
Last year’s event raised more than $7,300, which supported the purchase of 50 iPads for student enrichment. More than 330 runners from Medway’s local community and surrounding towns turned out to run, walk and shuffle at the inaugural event.
All ages are welcome to come out and run to support MEPTO’s activities and enrichment programs, which benefit Medway’s 900 elementary school children, representing more than 600 families.
"We're just looking to capitalize on last year's success and hopefully surpass it," said organizer Jessica Grimes, who added most runners are from Medway and surrounding towns.
This year’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K includes the option for participants to compete as teams with a minimum of four runners. Prizes will be awarded to the largest and fastest teams.
"The new thing this year is the teams, so you can get a whole office of people or your whole family to do it together," Grimes said.
Registration is $25 before March 1, $30 after March 1, and $15 for kids ages 17 and younger. All runners who register by March 1 will receive a race T-shirt as well as a cinch bag and water bottle, compliments of Sports Authority.
Awards, also courtesy of Sports Authority, will be given out to the top three male and female finishers and ribbons will be awarded to the top male/female finishers in each age category. Race day pre-registration will take place on March 14 at 8 a.m.