St. Patrick’s Day celebrated with Sneakers & Shamrocks 4K
Winners of the “Best Dressed Leprechaun” award at the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Sneakers & Shamrocks 4K at Northern Maine Community College were, from left: Erika Vaughn, Ashlee Albert, Kim Kinney, Joy Cropley, and Jannelle Brooks, all from Salon 207 in Presque Isle.
Presque Isle, Maine (March 18, 2019) — A St. Patrick’s Day collaboration between Northern Light AR Gould Hospital and Northern Maine Community College aimed to celebrate the holiday in a fun and healthy way.
As expected, green was the color of the day. “Participants certainly got into the spirit of things” says Jamie Guerrette, community health specialist at the hospital. “There were so many wonderful outfits, so it was hard to pick the best dressed.” Winning the title for best dressed was a group effort. The award went to Erika Vaughn, Ashlee Albert, Kim Kinney, Joy Cropley, and Jannelle Brooks, all from Salon 207 in Presque Isle.
Finishing in the front of the pack was Katie Malone with a time of 16:56.4, followed by Jaylee Fox at 17:17.4. The rest of the top five included Tom Merrow, Stacy Shaw, and Glen Mahan.
Members of the County Strides & Rides group participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Sneakers & Shamrocks 4K. Pictured from left: Tom Merrow, Stacey Shaw, Jaylee Fox, Katie Malone (race winner) and Melissa McKenney.
In addition to the tie in to St. Patrick’s Day, promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical activity is an important goal for the day for both organizations. To help encourage this goal, a free one-day pass for the NMCC Smith Wellness Center and festive green shoe laces were given to all participants.
Guerrette says the partnership with Northern Maine Community College was integral to the success of the event. “We couldn’t have done it without Eric Pelkey and his Phi Theta Kappa volunteers at NMCC.”
Pelkey, an NMCC humanities instructor and advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s honor society, says the collaboration allowed students the opportunity to volunteer in our community and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Guerrette says they are already looking forward to the next time. “We will all turn green and share in the fun again next year on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, March 15, 2020.”