What You Need to Know: 40th Annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

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Sunday marks one of Chicago’s best running celebrations; the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle continues the St. Patrick’s Day celebration and kicks off the spring running season in Chicago. This year marks 40 years of shuffling in the city, so help celebrate on March 24 as a runner or spectator!

The event offers an 8k run, which weaves through downtown Chicago, and a 2-mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront. Both distances start and finish in Grant Park. The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K run will have two on-course aid stations at miles 1.6 and 3.6. Each aid station will offer Gatorade® Endurance Formula (lemon-lime), water, medical support and toilet facilities. The 2-mile walk will have one on-course aid station offering water and toilet facilities.

New this year is a one-mile event on Saturday, March 23. Entries are limited to the first 1,000 to register and will feature four waves that highlight Chicago’s diverse running community: recreational, competitive masters, competitive, and elite.

All participants will receive a commemorative medal, festive winter hat, and one drink ticket to redeem at the post-race party in Grant Park.

Packet Pick-Up

Location: McCormick Place, West Building, Skyline Ballroom, 2301 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

  • Friday, March 22
    10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Packet pick-up tickets will be emailed to all registered participants. Your participant packet and bag include:

  • Timing device*
  • Event bib number
  • Festive winter hat
  • Nike participant running shirt

Spectators

If you can’t be at the event, encourage your runners by watching the finish line live stream on nbcchicago.com and telemundochicago.com, which will be available from 8 – 11 a.m. on race day.

2019 Schedule of events

Friday, March 22
McCormick Place, Skyline Ballroom
Packet pick-up
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
McCormick Place, Skyline Ballroom
Packet pick-up
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 24
Grant Park, Chicago
6:30 a.m. – Gear check opens
6:30 a.m. – Start corrals open
8:30 a.m. – 8K Run (Wave 1) start
9:00 a.m. – Post-Race Party begins
9:00 a.m. – 8K Run (Wave 2) start
9:30 a.m. – 2-Mile Walk start
9:30 a.m. – Live music begins at the Post-Race Party
11:30 a.m. – Gear check closes
1:00 p.m. – Beer ticket sales end
1:30 p.m. – Post-Race Party ends

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.

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