|[March 15, 2013]
Registration Closes for 2013 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K as 40,000-Participant Capacity Is Reached
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
Registration for the 2013 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, the
world's largest 8-kilometer road race, closed today when the
40,000-participant capacity was reached, matching the largest field of
registrants in the event's 34-year history. Registration for the April 7
event opened on December 3. 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 is
circled on the calendars of runners of all levels, from Olympians to
first-timers," said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. "To have
40,000 people united in celebrating spring on the streets of Chicago is
incredible. You can feel the energy and excitement building throughout
the city for what should prove to be a great year of running and racing."
"Year after year, the popularity of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
continues to grow as more and more people anticipate the jumpstart of
the Chicago outdoor running season," said Tim Maloney, Illinois
president, Bank of America. "The Shuffle truly is an iconic Chicago
event with more than 90 percent of th participants hailing from the
city and suburbs, making for a great yearly tradition not only for
fitness enthusiasts but also their families, friends and neighbors. This
is just one of the many ways in which we demonstrate Bank of America's
continued commitment to the communities we serve."
A limited number of entries into the sold-out event can still be
obtained through the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Charity
Program. Interested runners can sign up through any of 21 affiliated
nonprofit organizations that are building teams of charity runners. More
information on the charity program and a list of organizations are
available at shamrockshuffle.com.
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 34th annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K
takes runners on a scenic tour of downtown Chicago, starting and
finishing in Grant Park. New in 2013, the event will host the USATF
National Club Team 8 km Championships for elite-level USATF-member
running clubs from across the country. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m.
on Sunday, April 7, 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, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, 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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