2017 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K:
Team Imerman Angels Race Weekend Primer
This Sunday is the big day – the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Thank you for being a part of the team and the difference you are making in the lives of those impacted by cancer!
Please take a few minutes to review the information below so that you are good to go for this weekend.
Shamrock Shuffle Race Weekend Overview
Thursday, March 30:
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Team Imerman Angels Shamrock Shuffle Social at Fado (100 W. Grand Ave., Chicago)
Friday, March 31:
10 am to 8 pm: Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place (North Building, Hall C)
Saturday, April 1:
9 am to 6 pm: Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place (North Building, Hall C)
Sunday, April 2:
6:30 am: Event Gear Check Opens
8:00 am: Team Imerman Angels Group Photo near Start Corrals (Congress and Columbus)
8:20 am: Wave 1 Start Corrals (Corrals A – D) Close
8:30 am: Wave 1 Race Start
8:45 am: Wave 2 Start Corrals (Corrals E – H) Close
9:00 am: Wave 2 Race Start
9:00 am: Post Race Party begins
11:30 am: Event Gear Check Close
1:30 pm: Post-Race Party Close
Shamrock Shuffle Social
Please join us to kick off the 2017 running season at the quintessential Chicago Irish pub, Fado, in Chicago’s River North this Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for the Team Imerman Angels Shamrock Shuffle Social. This event is free and a great chance to meet your teammates for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K and/or the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Feel free to bring a friend(s) so they can meet some awesome people and hear about the great mission of Imerman Angels. The first beer is courtesy of Fado – we hope to see you! Click HERE to register (if bringing a guest, please also add them to your registration so we have a good count or share the link/invite with them).
Click HERE for a PDF of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Participant Guide. Each participant should review this Guide as it contains Packet Pickup Information as well information concerning race day and the Expo.
Health & Fitness Expo
Location: McCormick Place, North Building, Hall C (2301 S. King Dr.)
Dates and Hours: Friday, March 31 from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday, April 1 from 9 am to 6 pm
Packet Pickup: Shamrock Shuffle participants will receive their participant packet (race bib, timing chip), participant bag, Shamrock hat, and Nike running shirt at the Expo. You must pick up this packet or you will not be able to participate in the Shamrock Shuffle. You or someone on your behalf must attend the Expo to retrieve your packet and must have your packet pickup email or confirmation and their photo ID in order to obtain it. If you do not have this email, you must go to the Participant Services desk at the Expo.
Team Imerman Angels Booth: our booth is #335 (click HERE for the Expo Map). Please stop by the booth (or have a friend do so if they are picking up your packet) to pick up your Team Imerman Angels singlet for race day.
Transportation to the Expo: click HERE for details including discounted parking and public transportation options.
McCormick Place Map: click image below.
Race Day Information
Team Imerman Angels Meeting Location
Location: Chicago’s Grant Park. Enter at Gate #2 from Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway and head east to Columbus Drive towards the Lake. Look for the Team Imerman Angels representatives (as well as your teammates) on the corner of East Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive (southwest corner).
Transportation: click HERE for race day transportation information. Public transportation is recommended. If you do drive, allow extra time due to street closures and congestion.
Team Attire: the Shamrock Shuffle is a great outreach opportunity for Imerman Angels and we ask that you help spread awareness by wearing your Team Imerman Angels jersey for the race (available at the Team IA booth (#335) at the Health & Fitness Expo. Please, if possible, wear your jersey as your outermost layer with your race bib attached to it.
Gear Check: for more information on Gear Check, please review the Participant Guide.
Team Photo: we would love to have you in our team photo! Please meet at the corner of East Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive (southwest corner) at 8:00 am for the 2017 Team Imerman Angels Shamrock Shuffle photo. This will allow Wave 1 participants ample time to load into their corrals. Can’t find us? Call 312 720 4014 and we’ll direct you.
Wave Starts and Gear Check: all participants have been assigned either a Wave 1 Start or a Wave 2 Start. Your assigned Wave determines your race start time as well as where to check your gear. Wave 1 will start at 8:30 with Elites and Corrals A – D closing at 8:20 am (Red Gear Check). Wave 2 will start at 9:00 am with corrals E – H closing at 8:45 am (Blue Gear Check).
What to Wear and What to Bring: it will likely be cool so wear extra clothing that you can wear in the morning and for after you finish (of note, the clothing must fit in your event issued Gear Check Bag). We recommend wearing clothing that you can “throw away” (it’s actually donated to Pacific Garden Mission) once you are in your corral at the Start, but have some warm pieces to wear for post-race. Tip: go to a dry cleaner and ask for a dry cleaner’s bag to wear over your clothes. They are transparent so you can show your event bib if requested and are easily discarded – and they keep the wind away from your core while your waiting to start. Please also bring a photo ID to the race – you must have this for the Post Race Party.
Post Race Party: Imerman Angels will once again be staffing the Beer Tents at the Post Race Party which starts at 9 am and ends at 1:30 pm. The Post Race Part is at Buckingham Fountain and is less than 50 meters from the Team IA Tent. All runners receive one free beer and may purchase additional tickets (either on race day or at the Expo) with valid photo ID.
Race Day Maps:
Click HERE for the Grant Park Map
Click HERE for the Shamrock Shuffle Course Map.
Team Imerman Angels Race Day Singlets
You can pick up your Team Imerman Angels singlet at the Expo on Friday and Saturday – you’re going to love them!
Representing the Team!
And Creating Awareness!
Race Weekend Questions and Team Imerman Angels on Facebook
Contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org with any race weekend questions. And make sure you join the Team Imerman Angels Facebook Group Page by clicking HERE and like Team Imerman Angels on Facebook by clicking HERE. These are two great sources for race weekend information.