Written by: Mike Miller, Principal at Asheville Catholic School
The annual Asheville Catholic School Shamrock Run always marks a special day on our calendar as we welcome runners from across the area to our campus and raise money for important programs. This year, the event has a new legacy. At Asheville Catholic School we look at our work as a way for us to leave a legacy for the future by preparing our students to grow to become citizens of our world who are change makers that make the world a better place. That’s the legacy we want them to leave.
This year’s Shamrock Run is an opportunity for us to expand the legacy that William Edward, and O’Brien Gibbs have left after their recent passing. William Edward and O’Brien loved freely, and accepted others without condition. One of our goals at Asheville Catholic School is to accept any student who has a desire for a strong, faith based education. An important way we do this is through scholarships and tuition assistance. Our efforts in these areas, however, need funding. The 2018 Shamrock Run will help us provide a loving and accepting environment to more students, just as William Edward and O’Brien would have wanted.
All funds raised from this year’s race will go towards the William Edward and O’Brien Gibbs Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund is being established to carry on the example that these boys set for all of us. That is, to love and accept others. It is our sincere hope that this race continues to bring joy to the lives of the participants, and the students at Asheville Catholic School as they benefit from your participation and generosity.
The 12th Annual Asheville Catholic School Shamrock Run takes place Saturday, March 17, which is also St. Patrick’s Day this year. There are two races: a 5K and a 10K, both starting and finishing at Asheville Catholic School. Both races wind through the beautiful neighborhoods of North Asheville. A fun run will precede the start of the 5K and 10K. All 5K and 10K runners will receive a long-sleeve commemorative shirt. Those in the Fun Run will receive a short-sleeve shirt and a prize at the finish line. There will also be great food, beer from Asheville Brewing (for of-age participants), and a DJ before and after the races.
About Glory Hound Events
Glory Hound Events was started in 2006, initially managing the historic Bele Chere 5K. Shortly after that first year the Lake Logan Triathlon was introduced and eventually became a part of the Lake Logan Multisport Festival. Glory Hound Events is now the largest endurance event management company in the Western North Carolina region, producing an average of twelve events annually. In addition to producing its own events and those for a variety of clients, Glory Hound Events offers consulting services for events outside of Western North Carolina looking to take theirs to the next level.