CHICAGO – The start of Chicago’s spring running season will begin on Sunday, March 26 when the 42nd running of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in Grant Park. The classic road race and annual tradition joins the return of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a green-infused 8K Run and 2-Mile Walk through the heart of downtown.
Top local, regional and national USATF-member racing teams are set to headline the event and compete in the 13th annual Deloitte Elite Club Competition. The competition will feature more than 50 teams fighting for the championship title and a $20,000 prize purse.
Shuffling in the footsteps of the elite clubs at the front of the field will be 20,000 Chicago-area runners, including Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle executive race director Carey Pinkowski. Pinkowski laced up his Nikes in 2018, 2019 and 2022 raising more than $82,000 for local charities. He will continue his charity fundraising tradition in 2023 by running and raising funds for Students Run Chicago.
In addition to the festivities on Sunday, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle will host a one-mile event on Saturday, March 25 in Grant Park. The Mile will highlight Chicago’s diverse running community, welcoming everyone from the next generation of Shufflers to local elites.
A two-day Packet Pick-up will take place on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25 at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The reimagined festival-like Packet Pick-up experience is free and open to the public.
For ease and to assist in the race’s sustainable efforts, runners and spectators are encouraged to take public transportation throughout race weekend. For more information on public transportation click here and to view race day street closures visit shamrockshuffle.com/streetclosures.
WHAT: Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
WHERE: Grant Park – Start line at Columbus & Monroe
WHEN: Sunday, March 26
8:30 a.m.: Wave 1 Start
9:00 a.m.: Wave 2 Start
9:30 a.m.: 2-Mile Walk Start
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Post-Race Party at Buckingham Fountain
Featuring live music from Whiskey Mick and the Shannon Rovers presented by Advocate Health Care
About the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
Long recognized as an annual rite of spring, a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the kickoff to the outdoor running season in Chicago, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle treats runners to a scenic 8K Run through downtown Chicago and 2-Mile Walk along Chicago’s lakefront. The 8K Run will kick off at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 2-Mile Walk at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 26. Following the race runners can enjoy live music at the Post-Race Party in Grant Park. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to shamrockshuffle.com.