SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Being the only night race in town and an un-official kickoff to the St. Patrick's Day festivities, the Shamrock Run keeps growing in popularity. Even the rain couldn't dampen spirits.
Whether it's raining or sunny, people say they are committed to running this race for the March of Dimes.
"You have too, it's the Shamrock run," said Gwen McCloskey. "It's the kickoff to St. Patrick's everything. Besides, it is for a great cause."
The 19th annual March of Dimes Shamrock Run and Fitness Walk set a new record in helping to raise money to help save babies, with over 2,000 people participating.
"It is exciting, because we are raising money for March of Dimes," said Race Director John Shine. "It helps pre-maturity and a lot of the money stays locally. We have an onsite person at Memorial, who is wonderful."
For some, it's their first race.
"I'm going to have a lot of memories," said Sabrina Hopkins. "I'm going to try not to fall. If I pass out, do not run by me. Pick me up and drag me to the finish line."
For other others, it's about setting a precedent for their kids.
"We just think it's an awesome cause first of all, the March of Dimes, and second of all, we just love to be out, able to exercise together and do things as a family," Karen Infinger.
"For some inspiration," said Benjamin Duncan. "He is always cheering for me. He is my number one man."
While some are aiming for speed or crossing the finish line in style, the bottom line, it helps the March of Dimes be a champion for healthy babies.