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WSU Vancouver runs in Shamrock

St. Patrick’s Day is about much more than four-leaf clovers and leprechauns. March 17, 2013 will be the 35th annual Shamrock Run in neighboring Portland, Oregon. Filling the city with festive green and gold, 35,000 runners will flood Waterfront Park. With help from WSU Vancouver fitness trainer, DeeAnne Perler, WSU Vancouver will have its very own super-team running the Shamrock run this year.

75-and-counting, Cougs and friends of Cougs are registered to run one of the four Shamrock distance options: 1K (.6 miles), 5K (3.1 miles), 8K (4.9 miles) or a 15K (9.3 miles). By meeting the super team deadline of 75 runners by Jan. 31, each member of the WSU Vancouver super team will be giving back to the university. A small amount from each member’s admission fee will go towards a WSU Vancouver scholarship, a donation arranged and advocated for by Perler.

DeeAnne Perler, fourth annual Shamrock runner.

DeeAnne Perler, fourth annual Shamrock runner and first-year WSU Vancouver super team leader. Photo by Cambri Shanahan.

Perler, 52, will be running her fourth Shamrock run this year and is excited to have met her goal of leading the WSU Vancouver super team. Bouncing around in vibrant shamrock memorabilia, Perler continues to encourage anyone and everyone to join the team.

“You just have to relax and enjoy the whole experience. Events supercharge somebody who is working on their fitness. It boosts self-confidence and it makes it fun,” says Perler.

Although the super team deadline was Jan. 31, the team can still add more runners. The Shamrock Run is currently sold out but may be opening 500 more spots in early March. By registering with the WSU Vancouver super team, participants will receive a four-dollar discount off their admission fee and contribute to the WSU Vancouver scholarship. Upon registration, each participant will receive a Shamrock Run t-shirt delivered to WSU Vancouver. 15K run finishers will receive a Shamrock medallion.

With a month left before the race, Perler and students will be leading weekly runs to train for the 5K, 8K or 15K. The training runs will offer Cougs on campus to run as a team and get to know their fellow Shamrock runners through structure.

Steps to registering for the Shamrock run can be found online at shamrockrunportland.com. The WSU Vancouver super team number is 8750. A group Facebook page has also been created to provide information about campus trail runs and the day-of meeting time. The Facebook page is named WSU Vancouver Shamrock Runners.

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