Record-setting cold and a snow-filled winter did not slow Chicago-area runners from registering for this year’s 35th Anniversary Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, the world’s largest 8-kilometer road race, which closed today when the 40,000-participant capacity was reached. Registration for the March 30 event opened on January 7. The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K is an annual tradition that signals the kickoff to Chicago’s outdoor running season, which culminates with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October.
“The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K is a Chicago tradition that area runners have been looking forward to after this long winter,” said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “When 40,000 people take to the streets of Chicago to celebrate running outdoors, it’s energizing. I think people are ready for good weather to come and a great running season.”
“The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle continues to be a symbol for spring here in Chicago,” said Tim Maloney, Illinois president, Bank of America. “For the 35th anniversary race, I’m excited to run with participants through the city. Each year, the vast majority of runners reside in the city and suburbs, making this race a shining example of community and another opportunity for us to demonstrate Bank of America’s continued commitment to the cities and neighborhoods we serve.”
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Central Time on Sunday, March 30. Runners will tour Chicago’s Loop, before concluding with live music at the traditional Post-Race Party in Grant Park.Media CredentialsMedia wishing to cover the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on Sunday, March 30, can apply for media credentials at shamrockshuffle.com/mediacredentials. A start line media riser and finish line photo/video corral will be available on race day for media with event-issued credentials. The 2014 Shamrock Shuffle media credential application will close at noon Central Time on Saturday, March 29. About the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8KLong recognized as an annual rite of spring and the kickoff to the outdoor running season in Chicago, the 35 th annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K takes runners on a scenic tour of downtown Chicago, starting and finishing in Grant Park. Continuing for the second year in 2014, the event will host the USATF National Club Team 8 km Championships for 47 elite-level USATF-member running clubs from across the country. 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. Visit the Bank of America newsroom for more Bank of America news.