Washington County Commissioner Ruth Ann Callaham plans to join in when the first St. Patrick’s Day “Run For Your Luck 5K” is held in Hagerstown.
Callaham said she will run with her daughter and 8-year-old grandson during the Saturday, March 17, run/walk that will take participants through parts of the city’s downtown area on a 3.1-mile course. The run starts at 10 a.m.
“So when you see the three of us, give us a little encouragement because 5K is a long way,” Callaham said.
Callaham was among those who spoke Tuesday afternoon at a news conference for the event at City Hall.
A joint effort by the city, the Washington County Recreation Department and the Community Free Clinic of Washington County, the event already has attracted more than 100 participants, and organizers hope from 400 to 1,000 runners will line up on race day.
The city and county last year collaborated on a 5K run that brought 280 runners to Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park, county Recreation Director Jaime Dick said.
Proceeds will benefit the Community Free Clinic, which has hosted a 5K race for the past three years as a fundraiser in honor of its former medical director, Dr. Dan McDougal, who succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is the first year the clinic has partnered with the city and county.
“The city of Hagerstown is proud to partner with Washington County Recreation Department and the Community Free Clinic,” Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said. “We’re hoping to create annual events that will assist the clinic, provide a recreational opportunity to area residents and attract people to the city center.”
The registration fee is $25 before March 17 and $30 on race day. The first 200 registrants will receive an event T-shirt.
An awards ceremony at The Maryland Theatre will honor the overall male and female champions, and winners in specific age groups.
Organizers are accepting sponsorships from businesses and individuals, starting at $100.
“We’d love to see your name or the name of your business on the back of our T-shirt,” said Robin Roberson, executive director of the Community Free Clinic.
Dick spoke about the event’s course, terming “Heartbreak Hill” the steep incline runners will have to endure twice as they make their way up West Baltimore Street past the county’s annex building.
City police will block or partially block several streets while runners twice make the loop to complete the 5K, he said.
Participants can register online through the city or county websites or at www.raceit.com, Dick said.