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Key volunteer application

Volunteer at Packet Pick-up

Key volunteers help fulfill critical leadership and management roles on race weekend. Becoming a key volunteer is a great opportunity for people looking to translate their experience, enthusiasm and passion into a high-level commitment to the event. Applicants must have previous volunteer experience with the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle or another large road-racing event.

The key volunteer application for the 2020 event will open in late January. Complete the interest form at shamrockshuffle.com/volunteer to receive an email when the application opens.


Key volunteers…

  • Are enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who want to gain more experience with the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle.
  • Help manage, lead and instruct groups of volunteers, often in conjunction with a team of fellow key volunteers and event staff.
  • Commit additional time to the event for pre-race meetings and race weekend set-up.
  • Assist with race operations, processes, organization and improvement (i.e. some key volunteers do not manage other groups of volunteers).
  • Have previous volunteer experience with the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Bank of America Chicago Marathon or another major racing event.


Key volunteers assigned to packet pick-up or race day must be available on the following dates:

  • Packet pick-up
    • Event Preparation Meeting (date announced closer to event)
    • Thursday, March 19: Setup (optional)
    • Friday, March 20: Packet pick-up from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 21: Packet pick-up from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Applicants must be available for the entirety of both Friday and Saturday.
  • Race day
    • Event Preparation Meeting (date announced closer to event)
    • Saturday, March 21: Grant Park walk-through (applies to some positions)
    • Sunday, March 22: Shifts begin as early as 4 a.m. and last 6-8 hours.


In order to gain an understanding of the expectations set forth for all event volunteers, please review the volunteer policies before applying. The key volunteer application for the 2020 event will open in late January.

If a general volunteer role better suits your schedule, please visit the volunteer information page to view opportunities and register.

Visit the key volunteer roles page to review descriptions of each key volunteer role.

Application review
After applying, applicants will receive a phone call to further discuss their interest in the event, their relevant experience and where their talents can best be utilized race weekend. All applicants will be assigned based on event needs, qualifications, experience and availability, and assignments may differ from historical placement for returning key volunteers. Please note that the number of applicants often exceeds the number of key volunteer roles available.

Assignment invitation
Approved applicants will receive an invitation to their key volunteer assignment within a couple of weeks, which will include your specific assignment, role details, and profile link. When completing the profile link, you will be asked to accept your role, agree to the event waiver, complete your contact information, and request uniform sizes.


Volunteer policies

Volunteer FAQs

Questions can be directed to volunteer@shamrockshuffle.com.

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