mrfc shamrock shuffleThe Thompson Park home pitch of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club is the setting for a special Shamrock Shuffle to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Sunday.

You can run your way to helping out a veteran. You can walk your way to glory. You can shuffle on over to the after-party, too. But the important thing is that you step outside this Sunday, when Red Bank’s Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts the Shamrock Shuffle 5K and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run.

It’s all happening at the club’s home field playing venue, Thompson Park on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft — and it gets underway at 9 am with a registration and packet pickup session in advance of the 10 am 5K Race/Walk. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Fun Run at 11:30 am, and an award ceremony takes place at noon, with all registrants receiving a “race day swag bag.”

Then at 12:30, the St. Patrick’s Day-themed afterparty kicks off at the private Wilde Rover clubhouse on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank, a public-welcome event that promises live music, Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, plus raffle prizes for both kids and adults.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Wounded Warrior Project, the nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001, as well as for their family members.

Deadline to sign up for Sunday’s event is 11:59 pm on March 14, so take it here to register online (the first 100 Race/Walk entrants to register online will receive a Shamrock Shuffle long sleeve t-shirt). Discounted advance registration fees are $30 per entrant for the 5K ($40 on day of event), and $20 per entrant for the Fun Run ($30 on day of event). For additional details, contact Race Coordinator Colleen Dwyer at