Shamrock 4 Miler a big hit for runners as well as JMH


ABINGDON, Va. – The third annual Shamrock Run 4 Miler was a big success as runners got a good test of their fitness, a chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and an opportunity to support Johnston Memorial Hospital with nearly $10,000 raised.

The event, held March 14 at the downtown Abingdon Farmer’s Market, drew a race record field of 776 participants and raised more than $9,900 to benefit the Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation. Proceeds will go toward various patient needs at the hospital.

It was an increase of more than 100 runners from the previous year’s event. It was the first race of the six-race CrestPoint Crusaders Running Series sponsored by CrestPoint Health.

“The outpouring of support for this event and for the JMH Foundation is unbelievable,” said Sean McMurray, JMH CEO/Vice President. “We’re very grateful to call Abingdon and Washington County home and are humbled by the support for our community hospital. We’re thankful for those who participated as sponsors or just came out to enjoy the event. This is a fun, family-friendly race that we hope gets people active and helps to kick the winter blues.”

Sponsors included Johnston Memorial Hospital, CrestPoint Health and the Town of Abingdon as title sponsors, along with We Run Events race management, The Abingdon Music Experience and the event’s food sponsor, Food Country, USA.

The race is a celebration, with many people decked out in green or wearing St. Patrick’s Day outfits. A post-race party sponsored by The Abingdon Music Experience was also part of the festivities.

George Tolton, 22, of Clifton Forge, Va., was the overall winner in 21:59, while 36-year-old Jaime Simmons of Abingdon was the top female, placing eighth overall in 25:47.

“It’s amazing to see how many folks come out to support JMH Foundation events like the Shamrock 4 Miler,” said Bruce Hatch, JMH Foundation Chair. “We’re constantly looking for ways to help fund needed equipment, supplies and programs for JMH, and the support we continue to receive truly helps our patients and their families. It’s nice that when you support such a worthwhile organization like the JMH Foundation, you know your funds stay at JMH.”

The next run in the CrestPoint Crusaders Running Series is the Club Links 5K at the Johnson City Country Club on May 1.

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