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The Paddy Pint invites people to dress up and run down the streets of town to benefit Tooth Taxi and Crook County On The Move initiatives

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Paddy Pint is intended to draw attention and people are encouraged to dress in green and wear costumes.

Grab your favorite green wigs, outlandish sunglasses, and Irish-themed costumes.

The Prineville Paddy Pint will once again invite walkers and runners alike to participate in a variety of races in support of some local organizations and causes.

The annual event was launched several years ago to support the Tooth Taxi, a mobile dental clinic operated by Dental Foundation of Oregon. Event creator and local dentist Dr. Tony Ramos said the Tooth Taxi provides a way to bring dental care to local youths who, for one reason or another, haven't been able to deal with a dental problem.

The Paddy Pint is as much a spectacle, by design, as it is a fundraiser. Participants are encouraged to wear as much green as they can and dress in whatever eye-catching, St. Patrick' s-themed attire they can muster.

Initially featuring two races — a two-mile fun run/walk and a 5K — the Paddy Pint expanded last year to include a 10K run. All races begin at Good Bike Company, on the corner of Court and Third streets. The area will feature a game area for kids, as well as food, drinks and music to enjoy before and after the races.

In addition to funding the Tooth Taxi, proceeds go healthy local initiatives through Crook County On The Move.

Registration is open now at www.getmeregistered.com and comes with participants receiving a swag bag, hat, drink tickets and more. Packet pickup will take place March 13 and 14 at Ochoco Brewing Co.

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15, with the races scheduled to start at 3 p.m.


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