Jr. League hosts 8th annual SHAMrock run

by Celia Shortt

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The runners line up for the eighth annual ShamROCK run in downtown Newnan on Saturday. 

Downtown Newnan was green, fun, and full of frivolity early Saturday as the eighth annual ShamROCK run kicked off on the square.

“It’s a lot of fun and brings everyone together,” said Kristi Mundt, chair of ShamROCK Run. “We get a tremendous amount of support from everybody.”

The run is a fundraiser for local charities, including Rowe Together, American Red Cross-Georgia Three Rivers Chapter, Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia and Newnan-Coweta Lions Club.

Mundt has been involved with the race for a while and looks forward to it every year.

“I want to raise money for our grant recipients,” she said of her involvement. “It’s hard work, but it’s worth it when you hand them the check in May.”

Saturday’s 5k and 10k races began in downtown Newnan at 8 a.m. Kids were able to participate in the one mile Leprechaun Dash at 7:45 a.m.

“Both the 10K and 5K race routes are USA Track & Field certified courses and are among the last qualifying races for the Peachtree Road Race,” said Mundt. “The 10K race is for competitive runners, while the 5K and Leprechaun Dash are fun for the whole family.”

The race also utilized RFID chip-timing to ensure the most accurate finish times possible for the runners.

Awards were given out to the top three male and female finishers in each of the 15 age groups. An award for the most creative green costume was also given out.

The top overall finisher for the 5K race was Albert Wisenauer with a time of 20 minutes and 58 seconds. For the 10K race, Yuri Force finished first with a time of 36 minutes and 49 seconds.

Full results for the races are posted at www.orionsportstiming.com. Participants can print out those times and use them on the application for the Peachtree Road Race.

The Newnan Junior Service League is hosting an associated benefit concert on March 22. It will also benefit the local organizations Rowe Together, American Red Cross-Georgia Three Rivers Chapter, Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia, and Newnan Coweta Lions Club.

For more information, contact Kristi Mundt at 404-272-0517 or kristi_mundt@yahoo.com.



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