2014 Chicago Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Marathon was the biggest event in the city on Sunday, March 30. More than 40,000 runners participated at the event, which took place at Grant Park, at about 7:00 a.m. It was the 8K run and it was over at about 11:00 a.m. It was not really a competitive marathon, but I think it was one of the favorites with Chicagoans.
Shamrock Shuffle celebrates spring and the Irish heritage (Chicago has one of the largest Irish population in the U.S.). There were a lot of green and goofiness among the athletes, which set the tone for the event. Shamrock Shuffle is an excuse for Irish people to prolong the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, which happened two weeks ago, on March 17.
If you are Irish or a true Chicagoan, you would not want to miss this fun outdoor event.
If you are interested to participate, you might want to do the following:
Register online by visiting Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Marathon.
The participants should be at least 8 years old or older on the event day and reasonably healthy to complete the race. Minors under 18 years of age must have a statement signed by a parent or legal guardian permitting participation. There are also other restrictions and requirements, such as registration fees and security regulations, to name a few.
Plan ahead of time on how to get to downtown.
The parking is tight or almost impossible to find, especially, during such an event like the marathon. There are a lot of streets that are usually closed for the general public, so the public transportation is highly advisable.
Things are not to worry about are: food, drink, medical help, and a lot of entertainment.
There are complimentary healthy food, drinks, and medical assistance on the premises; your mind should be worry free about those things. Just have fun at the event.