World's Largest 8K Road Race Will Kick Off the Chicago Running Season
With 40,000 Participants
Registration for the 35th anniversary Bank of America
Shamrock Shuffle 8K opens today at noon Central Time. The popular road
race is an annual tradition that ushers in spring and signals the
kickoff to Chicago running season. The 2014 event will be held on
Sunday, March 30, and will welcome 40,000 runners on the flat and fast
downtown course that starts and finishes in Grant Park. Interested
participants can register online at www.shamrockshuffle.com.
The registration fee is $45 and registration will close when the
40,000-participant capacity is reached.
Celebrating its 35th year, the Bank of America Shamrock
Shuffle has grown from a small local event into the world's largest 8K
(4.97-mile) road race. The second-largest running event in Chicago
behind the Chicago Marathon, the Shamrock Shuffle ranks among the 10
largest races in the U.S. and 20 largest in the world. Its size is a
tribute to the growing enthusiasm of the Chicago running community, with
more than 90 percent of Shamrock Shuffle participants hailing from
Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Each year, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K welcomes participants
of all ability levels who are beginning their annual running and fitness
campaigns, from Olympic-caliber athletes, to those targeting the Bank of
America Chicago Marathon in October, to beginning runners participating
in their first organized road race. The end result is fun-filled race
weekend experience that celebrates health and fitness in Chicago and
jumpstarts the local running season.
"For 35 years, Chicagoans have run away from winter and into spring at
the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, and we're excited to do it
again this year," said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "We're
experiencing historic cold in Chicago today, but that's what will make
Sunday, March 30, all the more rewarding, as it will kick off a
fun-filled running season in Chicago for those who might be training for
the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in the fall and for those looking
to stay healthy and motivated in 2014."
About the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K
Long recognized as an
annual rite of spring and the kickoff to the outdoor running season in
Chicago, the 35th anniversary Bank of America Shamrock
Shuffle 8K takes runners on a scenic tour of downtown Chicago, starting
and finishing in Grant Park. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday,
March 30, and will conclude with live music at the traditional Post-Race
Party in Grant Park. In advance of the event, the two-day Bank of
America Shamrock Shuffle Health & Fitness Expo will take place at Navy
Pier on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring more than 80
industry-related exhibitors. The Health & Fitness Expo is free and open
to the public. For more information about the event and how to get
involved, go to www.shamrockshuffle.com.
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Source: Bank of America