Shamrock the Ville 2014
Mary Martha 5k run ready to paint the town green again!
Green body suits. Check. Green tutus. Check. Green tights, wigs and shoes. Check, check, check. No, this isn’t the Grinch’s closet. It’s the 5th annual Shamrock the Ville - a 5k Run and Fun Run held on Saturday, March 15. The run is a chip-timed race with prizes to the top three racers overall by age and gender and a quality long-sleeve t-shirt given to every participant. The course is certified by USA Track & Field and winds through historic downtown Bartlesville. The run benefits Mary Martha Outreach, which helps to combat poverty in five local counties in and surrounding Bartlesville. With the ever-increasing number of families coming into the mission for food, clothing and other essential services, funds raised from this annual event are critical to meeting their needs. “A new fundraiser during St. Patrick’s Day started evolving as Jamie Wood’s brain child while the Buffalo event was wrapping up,” says Denay Huddleston, race director and MMO Board Member. “It has become a growing fundraiser ever since. In our first year we had 250 runners and last year we had 702. We go over and beyond to make sure this is a fun and safe race for the participants. We place volunteers at every intersection so runners can concentrate on the race and not safety concerns. And St. Patrick’s Day is just a fun holiday to celebrate and wear green.” And green is the theme for everything. Last year, committee members added a green spray-painted couch and photo booth with wacky green objects for participants to capture their race memories. DJ Connections from Tulsa will Emcee as well as playing everyone’s favorite party jams during warm-up, race time and runner’s celebratory finish. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. But don’t wait until race day to sign up. Register at shamrocktheville.com until March 11 and/or join in a pre-race party and packet pick up at the Haskell Loft, 115 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd. , from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13. “Each year I enjoy seeing people have a good time at this run,” says Huddleston. “It doesn’t matter if you are the fastest runner, if this is your first 5K and you walk the whole time or participating with the little kids in the fun run – it’s all for a good cause and good fun. I like seeing the community coming out at all levels of participation and being involved. We heavily encourage costumes and wearing green.” Not up to a 5k run? (For those of you not in the know, that’s just over 3 miles). You can opt to walk the course when the Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m. or sign up to volunteer. You get the same awesome T-Shirt. Whichever you decide, you will be raising money for a great cause - Mary Martha Outreach.