Event rules & guidelines
Event rules & guidelines are applicable to all participants
The following event rules and guidelines are intended to help produce and direct a large scale event, to ensure the safety of all participants, to meet the requirements of local government permits and to be compliant with applicable USA Track & Field (USATF) and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) regulations for participant performance records and event liability.
- 8K registrants must be capable of completing the full distance, start line to finish line, within event time requirement of 1 hour, 15 minutes (15:00 per mile pace).
- 2 mile walk registrants must be capable of completing the full distance, start line to finish line, within event time requirement of 1 hour (30:00 per mile pace).
- To register, participants must be 8 years of age or older on event day. Registrants under 18 years of age must have the registration form completed by a parent or legal guardian permitting participation.
- Each participant must read and agree to an event waiver before participating in the event. Registrants under 18 years of age must have the registration form and agree to the waiver completed by a parent or legal guardian.
- The event time requirement and age minimum apply to all forms of entry and event participation.
- Any participant seeking accommodation in respect of a disability must submit a written request to the Event Registration Manager. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participant event number bibs and timing devices are specific personal identifiers and may not be exchanged with or transferred/sold to any other person. Sale, trade and/or transfer of event entry/bibs and timing devices are strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events.
All entry fees are non-refundable, and may not be deferred toward a future event.
- Registration closure is determined and announced when event participation reaches the established participant capacity.
Packet (bib number) pick-up
- A participant packet (bib, timing device, safety pins, gear check tag and T-shirt) will NOT be released without a valid packet pick-up ticket.
- In the event a registered participant wishes to have someone else pick up his/her participant packet, the registered participant should provide that individual with his/her packet pick-up ticket.
- Additional packet pick-up tickets will be available for print out at Packet pick-up (anyone picking up a packet–a registered participant or a friend of a registered participant– should be prepared to show photo identification).
- Event bib numbers and participant bags are only available for pickup at Packet pick-up. These items will not be available on event day. Participants who select and pay the mailing fee at the point of registration will have their bib number, participant t-shirt, safety pins, gear check tag and participant gear check bag mailed. Only participants with a United States mailing address will have the option to have their event package mailed.
- Participants must follow instructions as given from all event officials including event staff, volunteers, medical personnel, fire and police officials, security officers and city officials throughout the duration of the event.
- All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner towards the community and their fellow participants during their participation in the event. This means, for example, alcohol consumption, urinating or defecating in public except in designated toilet facilities, participant obstruction anywhere on or near the course shall be strictly prohibited unless facilitated by the event. Anyone violating this rule of conduct shall be disqualified from the event and will be asked to leave the course.
- Every participant shall be provided with an event bib number, which shall be clearly visible on the torso (and back when applicable) of the participant’s outermost layer during the event. The event bib number is to be worn as issued. No participant shall be permitted to participate in the event without the appropriate bib number.
- The use of music devices (e.g. iPods) is permitted during the race; however, in keeping with USATF rules for championship races, athletes competing for overall awards or prize money may not use music or communication devices during the event. The use of cell phones, video devices, cameras or similar devices by participants while in the event is strongly discouraged, and event officials reserve the right to disqualify any participant using such devices who poses a safety hazard on the course.
- The use of wheeled devices by participants or any other person authorized to be on the course shall be strictly limited to (a) authorized and registered competitive wheelchair participants and (b) authorized course marshals on bicycles. Baby joggers, strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, unauthorized bicycles or any other wheeled device will not be permitted on the 8K or 2 mile walk course.
- Participants must begin the event during the official recognized starting times. The 8K course will remain secured until the 15:00 per mile pace official end vehicle crosses the finish line for the 8K run. At that time, the event is officially concluded. There will be no traffic protection; course aid stations will cease operation.
- Participants must begin the event during the official recognized starting times. The 2 mile walk course will remain secured until the 30:00 per mile pace official end vehicle crosses the finish line for the 2 mile walk. At that time, the event is officially concluded. There will be no traffic protection; course aid stations will cease operation.
- Participants are advised for health reasons, and to protect the safety of other competitors, not to consume alcohol while running. They must abide by all City of Chicago alcohol use rules and regulations. Event reserves the right to disqualify any runner who poses a risk to themselves or others.
Wave start and start corrals
- Participants will be assigned to a specific wave and to start corrals in accordance with the standards established each year by the event.
- Participants will be notified of their start corral assignments by email on their packet pick-up ticket or they may utilize the online confirmation option to ensure proper assignment. Additional qualifying and confirmation information is available at shamrockshuffle.com.
- Start corrals are based on a first-come, first-served basis, and they will remain open until they reach their maximum capacities.
- Changes to start corral assignments and the specific wave assigned will be accommodated on a first-served basis until capacity limits are reached.
- There will be one corral for the 2 mile walk.
- All participants are responsible for knowing the event’s start time and check-in method for their wave and start corral.
- 8K run participants shall assemble for the 8k run in their assigned start corral no less than 15 minutes prior to the 8K run start. Any athlete attempting to enter the wrong start corral shall be required to start after all other participants have crossed the start line.
- All participants must be positioned behind the official start line and timing mat prior to the race start
- 2 mile run participants shall assemble for the run in their assigned start corral no less than 15 minutes prior to the 2 mile walk start.
- Any participant who refuses to obey the directions of event officials, including fire and police officials, city officials or course marshals, or who conducts himself/herself in an unsportsmanlike manner, or who is offensive by action or language to officials, volunteers, participants or spectators may be disqualified by the event and from future participation at the discretion of race officials.
- No participant, after leaving the course, shall be allowed to rejoin the event either for the purpose of gaining a place or to pace or to assist another participant.
- Any participant who has been found by a course marshal, event official or surveillance equipment to have gained an unfair advantage by intentionally shortening the route (“cutting the course”) shall be immediately disqualified from the event.
- A participant who has received any assistance whatsoever from any other person may be disqualified by the event. “Assistance” includes without limitation the conveying of advice, information or direct or indirect help to an athlete by any means, including electronic communication devices. It also includes pacing by persons not officially participating in the event. It does not include participation of an officially designated pacesetter in the race, provided such pacesetters start in the event.
- Any person who participates in the event without a current official event bib number or timing device, or a bib number or timing device not officially assigned to him/her, is subject to removal and disqualification from future events.
- No persons are authorized to be on the course unless they are registered participants. Therefore, no person shall be allowed to accompany a participant if he/she is not registered in the event, nor shall any participant be allowed, without the permission of the event management, to receive assistance or refreshment from anyone during the progress of the event. Any person not properly displaying an authorized and issued bib number shall be directed to leave the course.
- A hands-on medical examination during the progress of an event by officially designated medical personnel shall not be considered assistance and will not result in disqualification if participant is deemed medically fit.
- The use of wheeled devices by participants or any other person authorized to be on the course shall be strictly limited to (a) authorized and registered competitive wheelchair participants and (b) authorized course marshals on bicycles. Baby joggers, strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, unauthorized bicycles or any other wheeled device will not be permitted on the course.
- The use of music devices (e.g. iPods) is permitted during the event; however, in keeping with USATF rules for championship races, athletes competing for overall awards or prize money may not use music or communication devices during the race. The use of cell phones, video devices, cameras or similar devices by participants while in the event is strongly discouraged, and event officials reserve the right to disqualify any participant using such devices who poses a safety hazard on the course.
- Medical personnel authorized by the event to do so may examine any participant who appears in distress. If in the sole opinion of authorized medical personnel it is in the best interest of the participant’s health and welfare, medical personnel may remove the participant from the event.
- Participants must retire at once from the event if ordered to do so by a member of the event’s official staff, official medical staff or any governmental authority, including fire and police officials.
- Participants are responsible and assume liability for any and all medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participating in the event, including but not limited to ambulance transport, hospital stays, physician and pharmaceutical goods and services.
- Event officials reserve the right to delay, cancel or suspend the event due to inclement weather or other dangerous circumstances in accordance with Emergency Protocol on severe emergencies and/or inclement weather.
- Participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System (EAS) and adjust their event plans accordingly.
- Participants are responsible for their recognition and understanding of event signage, symbols and color codes relating to participant maps, facilities and directions.
- All 8K run and 2 mile walk participants are assigned an electronic timing device prior to the event in their participant packet.
- Participants are responsible for the proper use and application of their assigned timing device. Instructions on proper use and application of the timing device are provided on the packet and the event website.
- Clock time (gun time) is the official time for 8K participants in the Elite Corral, those participating in the Elite Club Competition, and wheelchair participants. The official times shall be recorded from the start of the race by the air horn to the point where the participant crosses the finish line. Times shall be rounded to the next highest second. Net times shall not be used for any purpose for participants in the Elite Corral, those participating in the Elite Club Competition, and wheelchair participants.
- Official times for participants in Start Corrals A through H will be the electronic timing device time (net time) from when the participant crosses the start line to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.
- Participants must wear their assigned timing device continuously to receive an accurate finish time.
- Participant net times greater than the event time requirement (1 hour, 15 minutes) will not be recognized as official.
- The 2 Mile Walk event is considered non-competitive. Electronic timing results will not be displayed publicly.
- In keeping with USATF rules for championships races, all athletes in the Elite Start Corral and those competing in the Elite Club Competition are prohibited from using music devices (e.g. iPods), cell phones or any other audio/communication devices during the race.
- Clock time (gun time) is the official time for athletes in the Elite Start Corral and those competing in the Elite Club Competition.
- The top three overall male and female finishers will be determined by official times recorded from the start of Wave 1 by the air horn to the point where they cross the finish line.
- 8K Age group awards are based on one’s age on race day.
- 8K Age group awards are based on official net time.
- There are no awards for the 2 mile walk.
- Participants may compete in the gender category with which they identify without any need for disclosure of information or other requirements. Age group participants who finish in the top five in their age group are eligible to receive awards, and in keeping with applicable USATF rules, participants who qualify for such age group awards will be required after the race to provide a copy of a government-issued photo ID to verify age and gender information, and may be required to supply additional information in keeping with USATF rules.
- Participants found to be wearing two or more event-issued electronic timing devices during the race will be disqualified and their results will not be recorded.
- Participants with missing split times at official electronic timing checkpoints will be reviewed and may be disqualified.
- All participant finish times are reviewed before times are designated official.
- Any individual requesting a waiver of any of these rules from the event shall submit a written request no less than 30 days prior to the event date specifying the nature of and reasons for the request.
- Event officials reserve the right to modify, supplement or waive all or part of the event rules.
- Participants shall be bound by any modification or supplement of the event rules published prior to the event.
- Failure to follow these event rules, as may be amended, will result in immediate disqualification, loss of prize money and removal from official results.
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle follows, and participants are subject to, the rules specified by USATF and IAAF. Please visit usatf.org and iaaf.org for additional information concerning the rules mandated by the governing bodies for the sport.