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Celtic Canter 5k!

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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 4:28 pm, Wed Mar 5, 2014.

After three years of running, beer and Irish fare in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the annual Celtic Canter in Westminster is expanding in distance and activities for its fourth anniversary on March 15.

The race has been extended from the previous distance of three miles to a full 5K, according to founder and race director Patrick Gallagher, and will be electronically timed.


“In the first three years, we were timing it manually,” Gallagher said. “To attract real [serious] runners, we needed to make it a 5K [and] we needed to migrate or evolve into electronic timing.”

While in past years the Celtic Canter had only been a race and post-race meal organized between Gallagher and O’Lordan’s Irish Pub, this year’s event — retitled the Celtic Canter and Irish Celebration — adds the City of Westminster as an active partner and numerous new downtown activities, according to Missie Wilcox, marketing consultant for the City of Westminster.

“We worked together to add some new events like the Leprechaun Chase, a one mile kids’ fun run,” Wilcox said. “There will be Irish arts and crafts, balloon art, face painting and we are also doing some ‘highland games,’ caber toss and rock toss.”

The idea behind the new activities, Wilcox said, is to build an event that encourages people to spend a little more time in Westminster after the race.

“Previously, they would run, maybe get a beer at O’Lordan’s and then go home,” she said. “We hope families will cheer their family member on and then shop and experience downtown.”

The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Green and Bond streets and follow a new course that keeps the race closer to downtown, according to Abby Gruber, director of the Westminster Department of Recreation and Parks. The new course heads east on Main Street at the start and finishes by heading back along Green Street to a finish near the starting line.

After the race, each participant of legal age will be treated to a free beer at O’Lordan’s Irish Pub — soft drinks for those under 21 — where prizes for the winners will also be announced, according to Gallagher.

At 10 a.m., the Leprechaun Chase, which Gruber said is open to children ages 10 and younger, will begin at Belle Grove Square near the start of the 5K and will circle the square in a clover leaf pattern.

“All the children will receive a race number and each child that crosses the finish line will get a participation medal,” Gruber said. “In an effort to get our participants to migrate downtown, all children will get a special prize, but they have to go to the library with their race number to get it.”

Irish craft tables, face painting and a balloon artist will be set up inside the Westminster Branch of the Carroll County Public Library, according to Gruber, while the library lawn will be devoted to demonstrations and child-friendly versions of “highland games” such as caber toss — the throwing of large wooden poles, cardboard tubes in this case — stone put and maide leisg.

“[Maide leisg] is a seated event where you sit sole to sole and both competitors hold onto a stick and the object is to see who can pull the other from a sitting position,” Gruber said. “We will also have a Blarney Stone and we’ll do a kiss the Blarney Stone where you actually have to bend over backwards to kiss the stone.”

Children will also have the opportunity to collect a “pot of gold” in the form of plastic gold coins that will be distributed by businesses along Main Street. Children that visit a participating business will collect one or more coins in a black, plastic caldron that will then be redeemable for Irish themed prizes at a Leprechaun Store inside the library, according to Gruber.

Irish folk band Ceol Anam Cara will also perform live at the library stage from 10 a.m. until noon, Gruber said.

All of the activities except the 5K race are free, according to Gruber, and while race day registration will be available for the 5K, preregistration by March 12 is preferred and available online at www.runningmaryland.com/registration/event_details.php?eid=72.

Registration will be $30 per runner in advance and $35 on race day, with proceeds going to benefit Carroll County Children’s Fund Inc., Access Carroll and Target Community and Educational Services, Inc.

There were 300 runners registered for the event at press time, according to Gruber, and there is no set limit for the number of racers.

This is by design, according to Gallagher, who was inspired to start the Celtic Canter by a visit to Baltimore’s St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K.

“The run in Baltimore cuts off at 5,000 runners and yet there are still a lot of people that would like to do it,” he said. “To create something that mimics that race or is equally competitive as a 5K is going to attract those people that maybe couldn’t get into the run in the city.”

Creating a premier race event will not only create fun for locals, Gallagher said, but will draw runners and their families from around the region and introduce them to Westminster, some perhaps for the first time.

“I think it’s a win-win on the charitable contribution level, for the business community and for people to just have something athletic to do at a time of year when it’s cold out, rainy out and spring is just beginning,” Gallagher said. “I hope it grows into a running festival for Westminster that they can really wrap their hands around and take pride in.”

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The 2014 Celtic Canter was a great success! Please enjoy the video below that showcases our participants and our sponsors! And please consider joining our event next year.

About the 2014 Celtic Canter...

  • Saturday - March 15, 2014
  • The run starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Belle Grove Square Park, Green & Bond Streets

*Download a PDF for downtown Westminster parking options.

The Celtic Canter is a fundraiser benefiting the following non-profit organizations:

Hosted by Patrick R. Gallagher III, DDS, PA and O’Lordans Irish Pub & Restaurant

Bagpipes at the start line create an Irish atmosphere; a new course through the heart of Westminster takes runners and walkers on an historic journey through downtown and beyond.  Post race activities include: a Leprechaun Chase (kids fun run), post race gathering, awards and door prizes at O’Lordans (Reservations strongly recommended (410) 876-0000 - Irish Classic menu items, excluding Irish breakfast, will be $10.00, 1 free beer or soda for all runners.  Must be present to win door prizes), Pot O’ Gold Treasure Hunt at participating downtown businesses, Irish themed entertainment and activities for all ages at the Westminster Library beginning at 10 a.m.

Celtic Canter Fundraising Run in Westminster, Maryland

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Nolan Gould, who plays Luke on the popular TV comedy Modern Family, has beautiful, straight teeth. But in an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, the young actor said it wasn't always that way.

“My teeth used to be pretty messed up,” Nolan said. “I had two extra teeth when I was born. They hadn't come out (erupted) yet. And all the other teeth that were already there were starting to point backwards because it was getting so crowded in my mouth. At about the age of 7, I started going to the orthodontist to get my teeth checked.”

Age 7 may sound early for a visit to the orthodontist, but in fact that's exactly the age we recommend for a first orthodontic evaluation. Malocclusions (bad bites) often become noticeable around this time, as the child's permanent (adult) teeth erupt. We might already be able to see evidence of the following problems: crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth, extra or missing teeth, and sometimes problems with jaw growth. So even if your child is too young for braces, it is not necessarily too early for an orthodontic evaluation.

This type of exam can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Early detection of orthodontic problems makes it easier to correct those problems in the long run. Waiting until all of the permanent teeth are in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction more difficult or even impossible. That's why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

Orthodontic treatment itself usually begins between ages 7 and 14. Therapy that begins while a child is still growing, often referred to as “interceptive orthodontics,” helps produce optimal results. In Nolan's case, an early orthodontic evaluation allowed his orthodontist enough time to plan the most effective treatment. Nolan's two extra teeth were removed before they had a chance to push his other teeth even further out of alignment, and he was given orthodontic appliances which fit behind the teeth.

“You can remove them, which is really good for acting, especially because you can't see them. I can wear them 24/7 and nobody will ever notice.”

One thing that is noticeable, however, is Nolan's perfectly aligned smile!

If you would like to learn more about improving tooth alignment with orthodontics, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. To read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Nolan Gould, please see “Nolan Gould.” Dear Doctor also has more on an “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”

By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
February 21, 2014
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When you think of saliva, the word “amazing” probably doesn’t come to mind. But your life and health would be vastly different without this “wonder” fluid at work in your mouth.

Saliva originates from a number of glands located throughout the mouth. The largest are a pair known as the parotids, located just under the ears on either side of the lower jaw, which produce a thin and watery liquid. The sublingual glands under the tongue produce thicker saliva with a mucous secretion; the saliva from the submandibular glands located under the lower jaw has a consistency somewhere between that of the parotids and the sublingual glands. All these different consistencies of saliva combine to produce a fluid rich in proteins, enzymes, minerals and antibodies.

Saliva performs at least five basic functions in the mouth. First, it washes away food particles after eating and reduces the amount of sugar available for decay-causing bacteria to consume. It protects and disinfects the mouth with antibodies, proteins and enzymes that fight against and help prevent the growth of bacteria. Saliva neutralizes high acidity levels in the mouth, necessary to prevent enamel erosion from acid; and when enamel has softened due to acidity (de-mineralization), the calcium and other minerals in saliva help restore some of the enamel’s lost minerals (re-mineralization). Saliva also aids in digestion by lubricating the mouth and helping the body break down starches in food with its enzymes.

In recent years, scientists have also gained insight into another property of saliva that promises better disease diagnosis in the future. Like blood and urine, saliva contains biological markers for disease. As more diagnostic machines calibrated to these specific markers are developed and used, it could signal a more effective way to identify conditions from saliva samples that are easier to collect than other bodily fluids.

Its less than glamorous image aside, your mouth would be quite a different (and unhealthy) place without saliva. And, developments in diagnostics could make this unsung fluid even more valuable in maintaining your health.

If you would like more information on the importance of saliva to oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Secrets of Saliva.”

By contactus@drpatrickgallagher.com
February 13, 2014
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