New Haven, CT – The annual 99.1 PLR CrossPoint Federal Credit Union Shamrock & Roll is back again for the annual 5K this Sunday, March 6! The event expects to collect over 50,000 diapers for The Diaper Bank from the race, participants, and sponsors. Sunday’s race is expected to have 1,300 participants and is one of the largest Winter 5Ks in Connecticut. The race begins at 9 a.m. from Toad’s Place on York Street in New Haven. The ShamRock & Roll once again hosts the Connecticut 5K State Championship and many of Connecticut’s top runners will compete in the race.
"We are excited that the 99.1 PLR CrossPoint Federal Credit Union Shamrock and Roll is back and in person! Our St. Patrick's celebration combines fitness along with fun, music and helping local families,” states 99.1 PLR's Drew Carrano, Director of Marketing and Promotions.
Participants are encouraged run or walk the 5K in St. Patrick’s Day costumes! Custom pint glasses for best group and individual costumes are distributed. Pint glasses are also awarded to the fastest male and female finishers. Runners, walkers and spectators can enjoy rock music played at Toad's Place and along the 5K course. One complimentary Guinness is offered to participants 21+! The first 1,300 participants receive long sleeve tech tees. Participants can enjoy a rockin’ post-race party at Toad’s Place, complete with live entertainment, great food and refreshments courtesy of 99.1 PLR and Toad’s Place.
The race benefits The Diaper Bank. On average, an adequate supply of diapers for a child can cost over $100 per month. State-assisted programs do not cover the cost of diapers. Many parents who are already struggling to pay for rent and food cannot afford the high cost of diapers for their children. The Diaper Bank is a local organization providing diapers to families in need throughout Connecticut. Participants are encouraged to bring diapers to the event. In addition, the participant who donates the most diapers receives the Sam Tilery Award. The race honors Sam Tilery, who was a long-time promotional director at 99.1 PLR and supporter of The Diaper Bank.
John Bysiewicz, coordinator of the Faxon Law New Haven & Fairfield Road Races, organizes the event. The event is sponsored by 99.1 PLR, CrossPoint Federal Credit Union, Orange Fence & Supply, iCRYO, Chevrolet of Milford, Yale New Haven Health, Guinness, Toad’s Place, Woodbridge Running Company, Julia’s Bakery, Garden Catering, Shake Shack and Lesser Evil. For race information about the event, visit www.jbsports.com or call (203) 481- 5933.