By Lydia Denney / ldenney@chronline.com

Run (or walk) off all the food and drink you’ll be having St. Patrick’s Day weekend at the fourth annual Run Amok 5k Dash. The 5K will kick off the sixth season of the Run Amok Irish Running Club, a group started by Christine Chamberlain and Angie Maxwell.

Starting and ending at Dick’s Brewing Company in Centralia, everyone that participates in the 5k is welcome to join the party afterwards where there will be awards, giveaways and drinks. Chamberlain encourages anyone wanting to participate to sign up online before the day of the run. This year they are expecting anywhere from 200 to 250 people to participate.

“We couldn’t do it without our sponsors,” Chamberlain said.

The Run Amok Irish Running Club gather for a run in 2015.

The club’s sponsors support them for their kickoff 5k and their season. Since the club doesn’t make money during their season, their kickoff event is also important for raising money to use for raffles and the t-shirts that members earn during the season.

When starting the club, Chamberlain and Maxwell wanted to start at an Irish pub and chose to meet at O’Blarney’s in Centralia. On their first Thursday run of each season, O’Blarney’s owner Jeff Malloy gets people to play bagpipes as the walkers start and finish their run.

During their season, it’s normal for around 200 people to gather and run or walk a 5K every Thursday, starting and ending at O’Blarney’s in downtown Centralia. The club has 10 different routes they run to mix it up every week.

“We have maps out so people know where they’re going, so they don’t get lost,” Chamberlain said. “And if they get lost, they find their way back.”

The Run Amok Irish Running Club runners having a drink after a run.

Starting in April, the club will continue to have a “giving back to the community day” where once a month they will have a targeted need and recipient. Some examples include collecting items for the Salvation Army and animal shelter.

For anyone wanting to join the running club, they can sign up for free at runclubz.com. After a runner completes their sixth run with the club, earning the green shirt, they are able to participate in other runs that can be added to their total number of runs. The club’s first Thursday run will be March 21.

“I couldn’t run the club without all (the board members) work and dedication. They are truly amazing people,” Chamberlain said.

This year’s Run Amok 5k Dash will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Dick’s Brewing Company. Same-day registration and packet pick-up starts at 8:30 a.m., or pick up a packet at the brewery on Friday, March 15, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page.

Run Amok Irish Running Club

Run Amok 5k Dash

Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m.
Starting at Dick’s Brewing Company

https://www.facebook.com/runamokirishcentralia/