Shamrock Shuffle returns as a virtual race

The event is planned for March 19-21.

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The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K

Registration for the 2021 virtual Shamrock Shuffle opened Thursday.

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The Shamrock Shuffle, which kicks off the outdoor running season in Chicago, is back in 2021 after being canceled earlier this year due to the pandemic.

But like so many events, it’s going to look a bit different in 2021. Registration began Thursday.

“For more than 40 years, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle has brought the running community together for a celebration of health and movement,” Carey Pinkowski, the race’s executive director, said in a statement. “While we wish we could be together in person, we’re excited for a new take on one of the city’s most celebrated running traditions.”

Organizers are planning an eight-week training challenge beginning Jan. 25.

“Shufflers will be supported every step of the way as they take on the Nike Training Program and tackle weekly mile challenges with the ultimate goal of getting the best version of themselves across their own finish line,” according to an event news release.

The virtual race will involve participants running “in neighborhoods across the city and around the world” for an 8K, two-mile or one-mile run between March 19 and 21.

The cost to register is $30 for U.S. residents and $55 for participants who live outside the United States. To register and learn more, go to

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