Nearly 600 compete in Shamrock and Pub Crawl on Bradenton's Old Main Street

jajones1@bradenton.comMarch 18, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Nearly 600 turned out Sunday for the inaugural Shamrock 5K Run/Walk and Pub Crawl on Old Main Street.

Ask each runner, and you would probably get nearly 600 answers about why they came.

Craig Delisle of Boston, Mass., has a goal of running a 5K race in all 50 states during his 50s.

He crossed Florida off his list Sunday -- make that state numbernine, with 41 more to go -- and enjoyed a green beer afterward on the street corner with his son, Tyler.

Many came in search of a good time, wearing green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

"Five minutes before race time, 10 of the runners got off the stools in McCabe's Irish Pub and ran to the starting line," said race director Doug Schiller of Fit2Run.

Then there were runners like Tara Rusch who competed in a half marathon in Sarasota earlier in the day, and then finished off with the Shamrock 5K.

"I am so used to her running that it doesn't amaze me anymore," said her mother, Sharon Teagarden.

Rusch wasn't the only one who ran both races.

Schiller estimated there may have been as many as 60 who ran both events.

Michael Lamb, 23, a Bayshore High School grad and State College of Florida student, paced the field with a first-place time of 16:46.

Marcus Anderson completed the run in a green suit that would make any leprechaun proud.

"It's my 38th birthday. It was a little warm," Anderson said.

The event also included a one-mile fitness walk and kid's leprechaun race.

Afterward, the Big Daddy band entertained the crowd with live music.

The event benefited the Women's Resource Center and The Foundation for Dreams.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet @jajones1.

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