The third annual Leprechaun Lucky 5-Kilometer road race/walk will be Saturday, March 19, starting at 9 a.m for runners and 8:45 a.m. for walkers. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

The race begins and ends at Almalfi on Water Street in Rockland. The first Leprechaun race drew 140 runners and walkers.

Local runners and walkers Andrew Bonarrigo, Russ Wolfertz, Troy Peasley, Mariah Lussier, Sandy Bodamer, Chad Ridge, Ben Sawyer and Reade Brower host the event as part of their commitment to the Little Field Home running program.

The eight local runners/walkers have pledged to raise $20,000 collectively to provide assistance to the Little Field Home, an orphanage founded by Janet Littlefield, a Union native.

The local runners/walkers host several road races/walks during the year.

Brower said race organizers will celebrate all finishers and the first-, second- and third-place finishers in each age group will be recognized.

This year’s race will start and end at Almalfi, which is part of the Boston Financial Building, in the South End of the city. The host restaurant will provide a special food treat and food and green beer will be available for purchase at race’s end.

The course consists of rolling hills and hugs the ocean.

The event also offers an “opt-out” runners’ special — where one will get listed in the race results but do not have to run. One can pick a proxy runner and be listed below the proxy runner with their time — a real chance to get a personal record.

Registration is $15 per runner, $25 for couples and $35 for a family of three (add $10 for additional family members) and all preregistered runners will receive a special souvenir.

Preregistration is available on-line at: active.com/running/rockland-me/lucky-leprechaun-5k-2011.

For more information, e-mail Brower at reade@freepressonline.com or call 691-3510.

For more information on the orphanage, go online to littlefieldhome.org.

Brower said the local group is accepting runners into a marathon program. Last year, 14 team members went to the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon to run Feb. 28. “Our next destination marathon is the Nashville Country Music Marathon and half-marathon,” Brower said. “I ran with Team Leukemia for my first marathon in 1996 and it was a great experience to both run with a team and raise money for a worthy cause; it made the experience much more meaningful for me to be part of something greater than myself.”

Brower said the group also is looking for runners to run the first Blueberry Cove half-marathon, the Midcoast’s only half-marathon, which takes off in August.

Additionally, Chad Ridge’s Challenge Walking Brigade is forming for the Lucky Leprechaun 5K. To join Ridge, e-mail him at chadridge007@gmail.com.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.