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Key volunteer application

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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 higher level commitment to the event. Applicants must have previous volunteer experience with the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle or another large road-racing event.


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
    • Saturday, March 9: Event Preparation Meeting (tentative)
    • Thursday, March 21: Setup (optional)
    • Friday, March 22: Packet pick-up from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 23: 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
    • Saturday, March 9: Event Preparation Meeting (tentative)
    • Saturday, March 23: Grant Park walk-through (applies to some positions)
    • Sunday, March 24: Race day from 4 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exact shift times vary.


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.

Apply today!
In order to gain an understanding of the expectations set forth for all event volunteers, please review the volunteer policies before applying. In order to provide assignments and training before the event, the deadline to apply as a key volunteer is Friday, March 1.

Apply now!


Volunteer policies

Volunteer FAQs

Questions can be directed to volunteer@shamrockshuffle.com.

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