Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle set to return after 2 years – NBC Chicago
The Chicago River isn’t the only thing that will be green this spring. With the return of Bank of America’s Shamrock Shuffle, thousands of runners dressed in green will be able to flood the streets of Chicago.
After a two-year hiatus spurred by COVID, the race that marks the unofficial start of the racing season will resume on March 20 with both a new medal and a new course.
A patterned band drapes the newly designed green medal, which features a shamrock sitting above the text “Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle” followed by the date of this year’s race at the bottom. The medal was unveiled on January 3 social networks to celebrate the first Monday of the year.
Organizers announced the new course on Feb. 20 to mark the month-long countdown to race day. The course will guide participants along the Chicago River, providing an impressive view of the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
As usual, the 8K will start and end in Grant Park and offer views of many familiar sights. But during Miles 1 and 2, runners will be guided along the river and past the newly constructed Bank of America Tower before heading east on Washington Boulevard.
For those who prefer to walk or think a shorter distance is faster, there are options as well.
“The Mile,” which is scheduled for March 19, will take runners of all skill levels, from local elites to the next generation of shufflers, on a course that weaves its way through Grant Park.
Walkers are also encouraged to head downtown on March 20 for the 2-Mile Walk, which begins and ends in Grant Park, to take part in a scenic route along the city’s lake.
Volunteers looking to lend a hand are also welcome to join the race’s efforts.
Prior to the race, organizers are looking for people aged 16 and over to help out in a variety of roles spread over pack preparation and pack pick-up days.
On race day, the duties of volunteers range from providing general information to participants to preparing the course to ensure it remains clear of traffic. Both require individuals to be 18 or older.
Volunteers interested in joining the action at the start line can regulate access to the start corrals and help participants progress through the corrals. People must be 16 years old to participate.
With the weeks approaching race day, runners and volunteers can find additional registration information here.
All volunteers must register by 11:59 p.m. CT, March 13.