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The Tower Guard class of 2000 founded the Shamrock 5k Run – Walk – Roll as an annual event to raise funds for the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities serving spartans students! This year we carry on the tradition and are hosting the 23rd Annual Shamrock 5k on March 25, 2023 at 10:00 am at the MSU Auditorium, located on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, Michigan.
Tower Guard collaborates with the RCPD to help scribe for exams, create more accessible textbooks, hold one-on-one tutoring, and build a more inclusive environment for all Spartans. Well over 85% of the reading for the visually impaired is done by Tower Guard, thus maintaining MSU's outstanding service to students with disabilities. Tower Guard was founded in 1934 by May Shaw, the wife of former MSU president Robert Shaw. She founded the then all female honor society as a service oriented organization which would help to serve the needs of visually impaired students at Michigan State University. In 1977, membership was opened to the outstanding male students on campus in addition to the female students. Each year, approximately 80 sophomores carry on the tradition of academic excellence, leadership, outstanding character, and commitment to service.
Pricing: $30 until March 20th, then $35. MSU Students $5 discount. Be sure to register early there is no race-day registration.
T-shirts are guaranteed for those who register by March 13th. T-shirts available after that date as supplies last.
Team pricing available - Form a team of 5 or more people and receive $5 off per participant. Details below.
Family pricing available - Sign up 3 or more people from the same household, at the same time, and save $3 per participant. (not valid for MSU Students)
See below for details on how to get 50% off your registration fee!
We hope this race will be the biggest and best Shamrock 5K yet! The 5K committee has been hard at work organizing the details that will make the atmosphere fun for participants of all ages and abilities: you can look forward to music, complimentary food and drinks, hundreds of dollars worth of raffle prizes from local businesses, and an appearance by Sparty (dependent on March Madness scheduling)! Participants receive a Shamrock Run - Walk - Roll T-shirt (guaranteed with registration by 3/13) and qualifies for raffle prizes just by registering for the race. Additionally, for the first time ever we are pleased to announce we will be giving tours of our very own Beaumont Tower both during and after the conclusion of the event! Best of all, because of the awesome fundraising efforts of our committee, almost every dollar of your registration fee goes straight to the RCPD!
Contributions to benefit RCPD-endowed programming.
We look forward to seeing you at the 23rd Annual Shamrock 5K!
The race will be professionally timed by the Michigan Running Foundation. Results will be available live during the race and on this page.
Get the word out to your friends about this great race! Create a team of 5 or more people and each person will save $5 on their entry fee.
During registration either Create a New Team or Join an existing team. The first 5 members of the team will be refunded $5 once the 6th member joins. Members 6+ will automatically receive $5 off their registration. This is valid for the 5k run/walk and not valid for MSU Students 5k event as that is already a lower/reduced entry fee.
Donate $50 and you'll get a 50% discount on your registration fee! (50% discount valid until the price increase after March 20th and then it's a $15 discount off your entry fee, $12.50 discount for MSU Students) Donate $25 and you'll save $5 off your entry fee.
Steps how to receive a discounted entry with a donation:
1. Choose Sign Up and follow the steps to register for the race
2. You will be routed to the Donation page during registration, choose the $50 or $25 donation level
3. Your discounted entry will be reflected in the cart during checkout.
* Please note if you go to the donation page first and enter the donation the discount will not be applied for a free entry. You must register by choosing Sign Up first.
All proceeds from this event go to the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities on campus.
Help a great cause, have fun, and go for a run!
Packet pickup will be held at Playmakers in Okemos (just 1.5 miles east of campus) on Monday, March 20th from 11 am to 4 pm and on Wednesday, March 22nd from 4pm to 7pm. We encourage local participants to take advantage of this opportunity, with the anticipation of Saturday morning being very busy. Packet pick-up is also available beginning at 9:00 a.m race day morning.
Playmakers is located at 2299 West Grand River Ave., Okemos, MI 48864
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the 5K committee and the generosity of local businesses, we have tons of raffle prizes to give away! This year, you will receive a raffle ticket in your race packet. Make sure to bring them on race day! You can choose which you’d like to enter for by putting your tickets in the appropriate jar at the raffle table. If you want to increase your chances, or family members not racing would like to participate, extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase at 1 for $1, 6 for $5, 15 for $10, and 35 for $20.
Raffle prize winners will be announced during the award ceremony in 108 Bessey Hall after the race.
Remember, all the money raised from the raffle goes straight to the RCPD!
Additional race information can be found at https://www.msutowerguard.org/events.
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