Race Preview: 2017 Salem Paddy Pint 5k

If there is a race with beer in Salem, chances are I will run it. The Salem Paddy Pint 5k is coming to the capitol city on Saturday, March 18th and proceeds will go to the Dental Foundation of Oregon in support of their Tooth Taxi, which provides children in our community with free dental care. Here is some info:

On November 1st, 2013, the doors opened for the first time as Kristen M. Smith, DMD, PC. A new business on paper but just shy of a century old practice, filled with history, here in Salem, Oregon. In the early 1930’s, the legacy of Dr. Adams began and continued on with Dr. Kenard Adams and Dr. Kinley K. Adams in 1979.

In 2008, Dr. Kristen Smith was welcomed into the practice and even after our unexpected loss of Dr. Kinley K. Adams in 2013, Dr. Kristen Smith and her team have continued the exceptional care and whole-heartedness that Dr. Adams’ legacy has been known for. Our office has had the pleasure of caring for multiple generations of families over the years and still to this day enjoy sharing stories of Dr. Adams with our patients. We have begun many new friendships with those joining our practice in the more recent years and continue to welcome new patients to share this legacy each day.

In 2015, Dr. Smith introduced Dr. Brian Bollwitt to our team and although new faces can be of surprise, Dr. Bollwitt has been an extraordinary addition to our team and our patients. Dr. Bollwitt grew up in Montana skiing, hiking, and loving the outdoors. Because of our mutual love for the outdoors, our community, and providing dental care, we have decided to host an event that will not only bring the community together but also to help support the Dental Foundation of Oregon provide assistance for local children in need of dental care. The abundance of positive responses we have received from the Salem Paddy Pint has encouraged us to replicate the event for next year. Our mission for our practice and this event is to not only continue Dr. Adams’ legacy but to extend the care that we provide to our patients with the rest of the community and local businesses in a fun-filled, active event that helps support a local organization for a great cause.

Riverfront races are generally pretty straightforward and follow the same general course (starting near the Salem pavilion area, heading over into West Salem via the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge, and meandering through Wallace Marine Park before heading back to the start). This is essentially a part of my lunchtime running route, so I know it quite well! If the race course is different we will edit this post.

Local taphouse and part-time brewery Sparky’s Brewing Company will be on site for drinks and food. Each race entry will include a free drink ticket and a swag bag.

Follow the event on Facebook here!

Salem Paddy Pint 5k
When: 10a on March 18, 2017
Where: Riverfront Park
Register: Online here; $25 (shirts guaranteed by 3/4/17)

About Matt Rasmussen (1554 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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