Scott McCarron joins Shaw Charity Classic, kicks off Birdies for Kids run

Scott McCarron will be in Calgary for the Shaw Charity Classic.
Scott McCarron will be in Calgary for the Shaw Charity Classic. Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

Scott McCarron, who had a lengthy PGA Tour career and has worked as a TV golf commentator, will be joining the Shaw Charity Classic and kicking off a new 5 km run as part of the golf tournament’s festivities.

McCarron, and his wife Jenny, signed up for the run, and the first 500 Calgarians to register at the tournament’s website can join them.

“Daily fitness is a huge part of both mine and Jenny’s lives,” McCarron said in a news release. “Not only does it enable us to enjoy a more healthy lifestyle all-around, but being active is good for the mind and has played a key role in providing me with the opportunity to extend my golf career into my fifties.”

McCarrn added that Jenny regularly competes in triathlons and qualified to represent the United States last summer at an International Olympic distance race in Nebraska. She also recently completed a 70.3 Ironman event.

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The proceeds from the run will go to Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink, which is now in its second year. Birdies for Kids raises millions for youth-based charities across Alberta.

McCarron, whose mother is from Canada and who calls himself “half Canadian,” won the Principal Charity Classic earlier this month.

The run is an attempt by the tournament to continue to be forward looking even as it has been regularly voted as the top event on the Champions Tour.

“It is no secret our tournament has had a great deal of success in each of its three years, but we cannot stand still. We need to continue to push the bar, and be innovative with our ideas to continue to introduce new Calgarians to the Shaw Charity Classic,” said Tournament Director Sean Van Kesteren.

Last year the tournament raised $2.3 million, largely aimed at children’s charities.

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