Over 100 turn out for a wee bit of running on Saturday

Mar. 11—SHARON — Green was everywhere at Saturday's 10th annual Shamrock 'n Run in Sharon.

"People just love the St. Patrick's Day theme," Cheryl Goldstone, director of the Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation which hosted the event said.

This year 107 signed up for the 5k run/walk — a significant jump from last year's 67 participants.

"The weather helped this year," Goldstone said. "Last year it was freezing."

Saturday's event employed Laurel Technical Institute's Sharon school as the base of operations. LTI's culinary school offered up a breakfast that featured green pancakes and other goodies.

"We really enjoy doing this," Doug Decker, LTI's director, who also ran in the event said. "This helps us and brings people to downtown Sharon."

And it wasn't just runners' legs kicking into high gear inside LTI's community room with performers from the Burke School of Irish Dance of Youngstown.

Dancers from the school will be back in the Shenango Valley next weekend for the area's St. Patrick's Day celebrations. They will perform at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Quaker Steak & Lube in downtown Sharon, then at 10 a.m. performance in the Hermitage VFW on East State Street..

Established in 2005, the foundation is the fundraising arm for Primary Health Network. Based in Sharon, PHN's mission is to offer medical care in underserved areas.

PHN treated 75,000 patients last year.

The foundation supports other local efforts, including "Reach out and Read," a national program that provides students with books. It also supports the Little Free Library, also a non-profit group that promotes book exchanges found on public bookcases.

Dr. George Garrow, PHN's chief executive officer, was one of the participants who finished the race.

Garrow — who has competed in triathlons and remains a masters-level competitive swimmer — didn't want to know where he finished.

"I'm afraid to look," he joked.