The south end of Hilton Head Island goes green on Saturday morning, as the 16th annual Shamrock Run takes off down Pope Avenue.
More than 300 participants are expected to take part in the Irish-themed 5-kilometer run and health walk, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in front of New York City Pizza at Heritage Plaza. The flat and fast course heads down Pope, North Forest Beach Drive and Lagoon Road.
All roads will remain open, but traffic will be affected from 8 to 9 a.m.
New York City Pizza will host a block party after the race, featuring an awards ceremony, refreshments, pizza, music and door prizes.
What: 16th annual Hargray Hilton Head Island Shamrock Run 5K and Health Walk
Where: Heritage Plaza, Hilton Head Island
When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Notes: Registration and packet pick-up will be held at New York City Pizza from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today and from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. ... Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers. The top three in each age category will receive unique awards, and everyone is eligible to win door prizes. All participants will receive a T-shirt and St. Patrick's Day party beads. ... The event benefits Mental Health America of Beaufort/Jasper. ... Volunteers will be needed from 7:30 a.m. until about 9 a.m.
More information: Go to www.bearfootsports.com or call Bear Foot Sports at 843-757-8520.