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2022 FAQs

Do you have a question about the 2022 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle? Please view the frequently asked questions below to find the answers to your questions.

The following FAQs will continue to be updated as information becomes available.*

*Updates as of February 28, 2022.

If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact the event via email at office@shamrockshuffle.com.

  • EVENT FAQs

    When is the 2023 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle?
    The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle returns to the streets of Chicago on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

    What are the age requirements for the event?
    Participants must be 8 years of age or older by race day in order to participate.

    Are participants required to pick-up their race materials in person?
    Yes. Participant Packet Pick-up will take place on Friday, March 24 (11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 25 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). If you cannot pick-up your packet in person, a friend, family member or co-worker can pick up your packet for you by presenting a copy of your packet pick-up ticket email.

    I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?
    No. Per our event rules: The sale and/or transfer of race entries/bibs is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events.

    Can I run for a charity?
    Participants are encouraged to make a donation at the point of registration and explore the opportunity to run and fundraise on behalf of one of our charity partners.

    Does the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle have a recommended training plan?
    Yes. The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle offers an official 8-week training program developed by Nike Coaches. The program is made to be adaptable to all runners and customized to fit in with your daily schedule and needs. For more information and to download the program, please visit the Training & nutrition page.

    Where can I find information about race day street closures?
    The morning and afternoon of the event, the streets that comprise the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle course, as well as the start/finish area in Grant Park, will be closed to vehicular traffic. More information about race day street closures will be available in advance of race weekend. Please fill out the form on the Course & amenities page to be notified when the street closure information is available.

  • DELOITTE TEAM COMPETITION FAQS

    What is the Deloitte Team Competition?
    The Deloitte Team Competition is the perfect way for running club members, groups of friends, and corporate teams to connect and compete in this year’s Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle.

    How can I join a team to participate in the Deloitte Team Competition?
    Information on how to create or join a team for the Deloitte Team Competition is available on the Team Competition page.

    Is there a cost to participate as a team in the Deloitte Team Competition?
    No. The Deloitte Team Competition is free for registered Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle participants.

  • START CORRALS

    What are start corrals?
    Start corrals are designated start areas designed to facilitate a more efficient and convenient race start for all runners. The elite corral is assigned based on a participant’s accepted qualifying time. Wave 1 and Wave 2 start corrals are assigned based on a runner’s expected finish time.

    How do I know my start corral assignment?
    You will be able to view your start corral assignment by logging in to your Participant Account. You will also receive an email in advance of the race indicating your event bib number and final corral assignment.

    Can I request to be assigned to the same corral as someone else?
    If you plan to run with a friend, family member or teammate, make sure that you both submit the same expected finish time.

    What is considered acceptable proof of a qualifying time for the elite corral?
    Proof of a qualifying time may be submitted in the form of a finisher’s certificate or link to an online results page.  Results must be from an event (5K, 4-mile, 8K, 10K, 15K, 10-mile, half marathon or marathon) completed on or after January 1, 2020 and must meet the elite corral qualification standards of 5:15 per mile pace for men and 6:15 per mile pace for women.

    Are start corral assignments guaranteed?
    Start corral assignments are not guaranteed. Corrals are filled on a first-come, first-served basis until they reach their respective capacities.

    Will my start corral assignment impact my race start time?
    Yes. Your race start time is based on your start corral assignment.

    Can I switch from one start corral to another on race day?
    No. All participants must start in their assigned start corral on race day.

    I missed qualifying for a start corral by a few seconds. Will you make an exception?
    No. Start corral qualifying standards are strictly adhered to.

  • PACKET PICK-UP

    Are participants required to pick-up their race materials in person?
    Yes. Participant Packet Pick-up will take place on Friday, March 24 (11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 25 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). If you cannot pick up your packet in person, a friend, family member or co-worker can pick up your packet for you by presenting a copy of your packet pick-up ticket email.

    When is Packet Pick-up?
    Friday, March 24: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday, March 25: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Times are subject to change.

    When will I receive my packet pick-up ticket email?
    Shufflers will receive a packet pick-up email in advance of race day.

    Can I pick up my participant packet, participant bag and t-shirt on race day?
    No. Participant materials will not be available for race day pick up.

    Will there be other activities at Packet Pick-up?
    Yes. Event and sponsor activations will create a festival-like experience as we welcome runners back to this great Chicago tradition. Additional information will be available in advance of the event.

    If I am a vendor interested in activating at the 2023 event, whom should I contact?
    If you are interested in partnership opportunities, please visit the Marketing Opportunities page.

  • RACE DAY

    Where is the start line?
    The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle start line is located in Grant Park at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. 

    What are start corrals?
    Start corrals are designated start areas designed to facilitate a more efficient and convenient race start for all participants. Start corrals are assigned based on a submitted and verified qualifying time or on the estimated finish time you entered on your race registration.

    Are start corrals guaranteed?
    No. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis until the corrals reach their respective capacities.

    Where can I check my gear on race day?
    You may store small personal items or articles of clothing during the race at your designated gear check area, which is determined by your start wave and corral. 

    Which gear check area should I use?
    Each runner is assigned to a specific gear check area. Your assigned gear check area corresponds with your start wave, as well as the color of your event bib number.

    What is the course time limit?
    Participants must be capable of maintaining a 15:00/mile pace for the 8K Run, a 20:00/mile pace for The Mile and a 30:00/mile pace for the 2-Mile Walk, completing the full event distance, start line to finish line, within the event time requirement of 1 hour and 15 minutes (1:15:59) for the 8K Run, 20 minutes (00:20:59) for The Mile and 1 hour (1:00:59) for the 2-Mile Walk. Participants who finish outside of the time requirement may not receive full on-course support from aid stations and traffic safety personnel. Runners who finish outside of the time requirement may not be recorded as official finishers.

    If the weather changes during the race, will there be alerts along the course?
    Yes. If weather changes during the race participants will be alerted based on the Event Alert System (EAS) levels. The Event Alert System is a color-coded system that communicates the status of course conditions to participants, spectators, volunteers and event staff leading up to and on race day. On race day, the current EAS level is announced via public address announcements and color-coded signs/flags at the start and finish areas and at each of the 20 aid stations along the course. 

    How many aid stations are on course?
    The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Run will have two on-course aid stations (locations will be shared in advance of the event). 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.

    What flavor Gatorade do you offer on the course?
    Gatorade Endurance Formula Lemon-lime will be offered at all aid stations on the 8K course.

    Can I run with headphones?
    Yes. Music devices with headphones are permitted for use on the course; however, participants must be alert to their surroundings at all times and must pay attention to important announcements made in Grant Park and along the course.

    Can I run with my GPS watch device?
    Yes. Participants can run with their GPS watch device. However, athletes competing for prize money cannot carry devices that can be used to communicate with any other person. 

    What is not allowed on course?
    The event does prohibit participants from using or carrying certain items/devices while on course. For more information on the prohibited devices, please visit the Event rules page. 

    Where is the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle finish line located?
    The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle finish line is located on Columbus Drive south of Balbo Drive in Grant Park. 

    Is there medical care at the finish line?
    Yes. There are medical personnel and medical facilities in Grant Park to assist participants after they exit the finish area.

    Where is the post-race party?
    The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Post-Race Party is held at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park (Columbus and Ida B. Wells Drive).

    Where will I be able to see my results?
    Race results will be available on the Race Results page on race day. To access your results, you will need to search by your name or event bib number.

    Will the results for all distances (8K Run, The Mile and 2-Mile Walk) be listed on the same results page?
    No. The 8K Run and The Mile will have unique race results pages. Please note, the 2-Mile Walk is an untimed event.

  • VOLUNTEERS

    How can I sign up as a volunteer for the 2023 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle?
    Volunteer registration for the 2022 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle will open in the months leading up to race day. To learn more about volunteer opportunities visit the Volunteer page.

    What is the age requirement for volunteers?
    We require that all volunteers be 16 years of age or older on the day they are volunteering. A parent/guardian must agree to the volunteer waiver for volunteers between 16 and 18 years of age. Children and young adults under the age of 16 are not permitted to accompany registered volunteers who meet the age requirement when they are volunteering.


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