By Colin Foster
The St. Patrick’s Day festivities will start a few days early in Troy.
St. Patrick Catholic School, which has been providing Catholic education for 125 years, will be holding the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Race starting at 8:30 a.m. March 15. The race will begin at Troy Memorial Stadium and continue along the bike path and end back at the stadium.
At the conclusion of the race, the St. Patrick’s Day festivities will begin as participants (those 21 and over) will be treated to Kegs and Eggs at the St. Patrick Church Undercroft, 409 E. Main St., Troy. Awards will presented during that time as well, with the top three finishers in each adult age group receiving glass beer signs, and medals will be awarded to the highest finishers in the younger age divisions.
Proceeds from the race will support the St. Patrick School Alumni and Friends Fund, an unrestricted fund created to offset student fees and to provide financial support toward improving students’ classroom experiences.
“I think it will be great,” said Chuck Karnehm, a second-grade teacher at Cookson Elementary who is one of the eight committee members organizing the event. “I think if people come out with their green on and be ready to have fun. It’s going to be a great time. It’s going to benefit St. Patrick School — and I think it’s going to be a great event. … Who doesn’t have fun on St. Patrick’s Day? … I mean, come on!”
Karnehm said they are anticipating 100-150 people to register for the race.
The race will be managed by Alliance Running of Tipp City. Pre-race registration, which is $25 and includes a T-shirt, must be received by March 7. Race day registration is $35 (without a T-shirt). People who wish to participate can register online at www.alliancerunning.com. Babysitting will be available in the nursery of the St. Pat’s undercroft beginning at 7 a.m.
For more information about the race or how to learn to become a sponsor, contact Karnehm at (937) 524-1517 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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