The 2019 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K race is quickly approaching.
This year's Shamrock Shuffle, taking place March 24, will once again take runners on a route through downtown Chicago, starting and ending in Grant Park. Returning for another year is the 2-mile lakefront walking course, which starts and finishes at the same spots as the 8K. The event has also added a one-mile run set to take place March 23.
Registration is still open for all three events.
Carey Pinkowski, the race's executive director, will join runners this year to help raise money for youth-based initiatives.
This marks the second year in a row that Pinkowski will run the Shuffle, dubbed the official start to running season in Chicago, and the second year of the race's Charity Matching Campaign.
Last year Pinkowski raised $20,226 for the American Cancer Society. This year, he hopes to double that and raise $40,000 in honor of the race's 40 years for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, After School Matters, Special Olympics Chicago and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
"The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle underscores the spirit and diversity of Chicago’s running community, a community that has helped us build an iconic event like the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and a global phenomenon like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon," said Pinkowski. "And with the ongoing growth and development of our charity programs, these events have continually given back to communities across the world. It is an honor this year to run on behalf of four organizations making a profound difference in the lives of Chicagoans."