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The Tower Guard class of 2000 founded the Shamrock 5k Run – Walk – Roll as an annual event to raise funds for the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. This year we carry on the tradition and are hosting the 18th Annual Shamrock 5k on March 18, 2018 at 1:00pm at the MSU Auditorium, located on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, Michigan.
Tower Guard is a sophomore honor society, dedicated to assisting students with disabilities at Michigan State University by reading and transcribing textbooks and exams, assisting with class and laboratory work, and providing campus orientation, among many other things. We volunteer under the direction of the RCPD, which functions to provide technical assistance, auxiliary services, and training to our volunteers and students with disabilities.
We hope this race will be the biggest and best Shamrock 5K yet! The 5K committee has been hard at work organizing the details that will make the atmosphere fun for participants of all ages and abilities: you can look forward to music, free coffee and food, hundreds of dollars worth of raffle prizes from local businesses, and an appearance by Sparty (dependent on March Madness scheduling)! Everyone receives a Shamrock Run - Walk - Roll T-shirt and qualifies for raffle prizes just by registering for the race. Best of all, because of the awesome fundraising efforts of our committee, almost every dollar of your registration fee goes straight to the RCPD!
We look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual Shamrock 5K!
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Be prepared for this to be a big event – we’re hoping to have over 500 participants this year – and the more the merrier! Spectators encouraged to cheer our participants on!
Race Day Registration - On-site registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Race day registration is $30. T-shirts not guaranteed (but we should have plenty!) Packet pick-up is available beginning at 11:30 a.m race day morning.
Post Race Snacks - We will also provide post-race snacks and water for all participants, including bananas, apples, and Kind bars! Yum!!
Course - Unlike previous years, the race will be starting at the MSU Auditorium, which is located across the street from Bessey Hall. The course will travel throughout campus and even pass by Beaumont Tower! This family-friendly atmosphere is going to be exciting for people of all ages, and we welcome family/friends wishing to spectate. The more people cheering and dancing with Sparty, the better!
Awards - We will be holding an award ceremony in 108 Bessey (across from Auditorium) around 2:30 p.m. or as early as possible, once all participants have finished the race and results have been tabulated. Medals will be given to the top two participants in each age group for each gender (0-14, 15-19, 20-24, etc.) and overall male and female winners. We will also be announcing the raffle prize winners at this time.
Parking - Since the race will be taking place on a Sunday, parking in East Lansing is free in most areas as long as you do not park in handicap or university vehicle spots. We have designated two parking lots which are the closest proximity to the MSU Auditorium (start of the race) and have used orange arrows to point them out on the campus map seen below. Ramp 2 is located behind Bessey Hall and Lot 9 is located next to Giltner Hall; both of which are less than a 5 minute walk from the Auditorium.
Get the word out to your friends about this great race! When you refer 3 or more participants you'll get a refund of up to $10.00! Details provided at checkout.
You are welcome to pick up your packet at Playmakers in Okemos (just 1.5 miles east of campus) on Friday, March 16th from 6-8 p.m. to streamline the process. We encourage local participants to take advantage of this opportunity, with the anticipation of Sunday morning being very busy. Packet pick-up is also available beginning at 11:30 a.m race day morning.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the 5K committee and the generosity of local businesses, we have tons of raffle prizes to give away! We are excited to announce that this year we will be raffling off Red Wings tickets in addition to many other items such as, a free night’s stay at the Marriott, Jimmy Johns gift cards, NCG Cinema movie tickets, Free massage coupons, and gift cards to many local East Lansing restaurants! This year, you will receive three raffle tickets in your race packet. Make sure to bring them on race day! You can choose which you’d like to enter for by putting your tickets in the appropriate jar at the raffle table. If you want to increase your chances, or family members not racing would like to participate, extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase at 1 for $1, 6 for $5, 15 for $10, and 35 for $20.
Raffle prize winners will be announced during the award ceremony in 108 Bessey Hall after the race.
Remember, all the money raised from the raffle goes straight to the RCPD!
This race is endorsed by and part of the 2018 Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. The challenge encourages Michiganders to engage with events that promote physical activity, health and wellness. You will receive a FIT point for every endorsed event you participate in or volunteer for from January 1, 2018 until December 31st, 2018. Points earn cool swag and a chance to win a trip to the Grand Hotel at Mackinac! To sign up and learn more click HERE. There is no cost to this challenge.
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