2020 Shamrock’n Frequently Asked Questions

5K, 10K, & Leprechaun Dash

How many participants run the Shamrock’n 5K/10K/Leprechaun Dash?
There will be over 4,000 participants in the 5K and 10K, and 150 little leprechauns in the Leprechaun Dash.

I am injured and/or cannot take part in the event. Can I get a refund, donate my entry, transfer my entry to someone else or defer it to 2021?
No.  Per our official event rules and guidelines:  Sale and/or transfer of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events.  All entry fees are non-refundable and may not be deferred toward a future event.

When is Packet Pick-Up?
(Yes!  Somebody else may pick up your packet)

Shamrock’n 5K, 10K and Kids’ Leprechaun Dash 1/2 Mile

  • Wednesday, March 11th – 10am to 7pm (Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street)
  • Thursday, March 12th – 10am to 7pm (Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street)
  • Friday, March 13th – 10am to 7pm (Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street)
  • Race Day Saturday, March 14th – Race Day 6:45am – Sutter Health Park

Race Day Parking
With over 4,000 total participants each day plus family and friends to cheer you on, expect very heavy traffic race morning. Please allow extra time for parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.  All participants for the 5K, 10K & Leprechaun Dash should park in the Sutter Health Park lots.

I don’t want to drive!  Can I get dropped off at the stadium?
Roads around Sutter Health Park will be full of traffic and there isn’t a good place to drop participants off safely.  We have set up a Shamrock’n participant drop-off zone at Capitol Bowl at 900 W. Capitol Avenue, which is a .3 mile walk to the stadium.  Click here for directions.

.Is the Shamrock’n 5K/10K walker-friendly?
Absolutely!

What time does the race start?

Due to the large size of the events, we have split the start times as follows:

  • 5K—8:15 a.m.
  • 10K—9:00 a.m.

Will the race happen if it rains?
Yes!  All events will happen rain or shine!

Where is the start line located?
The start line is located on Ballpark Dr.

Is there an Aid Station?
The fluid station will be stocked with water and Nuun sports drink.  The flavors this year are yet to be determined.  Fluid will be provided at 1 station along the course as follows:
-Mile 1.5 on R St. at 5th St. (and mile 4.5 for 10K runners)

Is there a Sweat Check?
Yes.  As you head to the start line, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Sweat Check located at the front entrance to Sutter Health Park.

You must show your race number to pick up your items.  Although this area is secure, we want to remind you not to place any valuable items (keys, wallets, cell phones, watches, etc.) in your bag.  While our volunteers will do their best, we cannot be held responsible for lost items.

Don’t forget to claim your items after the race!

To iPod or not to iPod?
Participants wearing headphones are less aware of their surroundings and may not be aware of (1) starting line announcements; (2) instructions on the course from race management, volunteers and police officers; (3) warnings that a car is in the immediate vicinity or that participants have strayed off course (an example would be running on the wrong side of a coned line when the other side is open to traffic); (4) friendly warnings from another participant that is approaching to pass; (5) finish line/chute announcements; and (6) directions in the recovery area. Basically, when you can’t hear what is going on around you, you lose one of your most valuable senses—at a time when you need all of your senses working.  Even if a participant is cognizant of their surroundings and “wants” to be aware, the inability to hear clearly is a significant risk factor that cannot be ignored.  Event personnel must be able to communicate with participants before, during and after the race.

Can I run with an iPod/headphones?
Yes, USA Track & Field recently amended the ban on headphones, iPods, etc.  Only athletes competing in Championship races for awards, medals or prize money may not use electronic devices.  Please keep in mind you are less aware of your surroundings if you choose to run with an iPod.

What is NOT allowed on the course?
Dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, unauthorized bicycles are not allowed on the course.

Are food and beverages available at the end of the race?
Upon finishing you will receive a bag o’goodies filled snacks.  Sutter Health Park will also have additional options available for purchase.

Celebrate your Shamrock’n finish over a cold beer.  The concessionaire will be serving beer on tap.  All finishers of age will receive a complimentary beer.  You must wear your wristband issued at packet pickup.  Additional beers may be purchased.

Is there an age limit for the Leprechaun Dash?
Yes.  The Leprechaun Dash is for participants age 12 and under.

Results
Complete race results will be posted online race day.

Medals
All finishers of the 5K & 10K will receive a Shamrock’n finisher’s medal.   Participants of the Double-Header may pick up their medal after the half marathon on Sunday at the tent.

Awards
5K & 10K Award Divisions
Awards to the top three male and female 5K/10K finishers in each age division:  12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

Half Marathon

How many participants run the Shamrock’n Half Marathon?
There will be about 5,000 participants in the Half Marathon.

I am injured and/or cannot take part in the event. Can I get a refund, donate my entry, transfer my entry to someone else or defer it to 2021?
No.  Per our official event rules and guidelines:  Sale and/or transfer of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events.  All entry fees are non-refundable and may not be deferred toward a future event.

When is Packet Pick-Up?
(Yes!  Somebody else may pick up your packet)

Shamrock’n Half Marathon

  • Wednesday, March 11th – 10am to 7pm (Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street)
  • Thursday, March 12th – 10am to 7pm (Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street)
  • Friday, March 13th – 10am to 7pm (Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street)
  • Saturday, March 14th – 10am to 6pm (Fleet Feet, 2311 J Street)
  • Race Day Packet Pickup Only, Sunday, March 15th – 6:30am –Sutter Health Park (no race day registration) **Please note that Pre-Race Packet Pickup is highly recommended

Race Day Parking
With over 4,000 total participants each day plus family and friends to cheer you on, expect very heavy traffic race morning. Please allow extra time for parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

For the half marathon participants on Sunday, please allow extra time for parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.  The Sutter Health Park lots will fill up. There are alternate sites for race parking outlined below:

Special Rates Sunday for Shamrock’n participants (Half Marathon Only)
The Tower Bridge Garage located at Front St. and Capitol Mall is located less than a 1/2 mile from the starting line. There will be a special flat rate of $7 for anyone entering between 6:30 am and 10:30 am.

The Old Sacramento Garage located at 2nd St. and I St. is about 3/4 of a mile away from the starting line. Their special will be a special flat rate for $5 anyone entering between 6:30 am and 10:30 am.

I don’t want to drive!  Can I get dropped off at the stadium?
Roads around Sutter Health Park will be full of traffic and there isn’t a good place to drop participants off safely.  We have set up a Shamrock’n participant drop-off zone at Capitol Bowl at 900 W. Capitol Avenue, which is a .3 mile walk to the stadium.  Click here for directions.

Is the Shamrock’n Half Marathon walker-friendly?
Yes, however all participants must complete the course in the event time requirement (4.5 hours from the Wave 3 start), which is a 20 minute per mile pace.  The course will re-open at 12:45 pm.

Is there a minimum age for the Shamrock’n Half Marathon?
Yes.  The minimum age for the Half Marathon is 15.

What is a wave start?
In an effort to ease congestion and improve the flow of runners across the Tower Bridge, the race features wave starts.  Simply put, a wave start consists of staggered starts of groups instead of one giant start for all participants.

Runners are placed in “waves” consisting of participants of a similar pace. Each wave has its own start with a short “time cushion” between each wave. In short, we hope the wave start creates a safer, more enjoyable experience for all participants.

Start Time              Wave              Pace
7:45 am           1 (Green Bib)       Under 9:30 min. per mile
8:00 am             2 (Blue Bib)        Between 9:31 and 11:00 min. per mile.
8:15 am             3 (Red Bib)        Over 11:00 min. per mile.

How long is the course open?
Participants have approximately 4.5 hours from the Wave 3 start (8:15 am) to complete the half marathon course.  This is established at a 20 min/mile pace.  The course has a rolling street closure.  If you fall behind this pace, the roads will be reopened to normal traffic and you will be a pedestrian and subject to normal traffic rules.  The finish line will remain open until 12:45 pm.

Wave Start Corrals
The corral system assures a smooth start.  The Wave 2 and Wave 3 runners will be staged into start corrals; just line up at the corral that corresponds to your wave. We’ll call your wave to the start line.

What time does the race start?
Wave 1 will start at precisely 7:45 a.m., followed by Wave 2 at 8:00 a.m., followed by Wave 3 at 8:15 a.m.

Will the race happen if it rains?
Yes!  All events will happen rain or shine!

Where is the start line located?
The start line is located on Ballpark Dr.

Where are the fluid stations located?

All fluid stations will be stocked with water and Nuun sports drink.  The flavors this year are yet to be determined.  Fluid will be provided at 5 stations along the course as follows:

  • Aid #1 – 4 miles – Marina View Dr. & Miller Park Cir.
  • Aid #2 – 6.25 miles – 9th St. & Q St. at Roosevelt Park
  • Aid #3 – 8 miles – Railyards Blvd.
  • Aid #4 – 9.25 miles – 10th St. & Richards Blvd.
  • Aid #5 – 12 miles – Jibboom St. & Railyards Blvd.
  • Finish – Mile 13.1

Do you offer Pace Teams for the Half Marathon?
Yes.  You will be able to identify them by their gold shirts that say PACER on them.  They will also be carrying a green pace sign with the corresponding pace finish time.  The Fleet Feet Pace Groups will help you not only achieve your goals, but have FUN, whether the goal is a personal record, or simply to cross the finish line!  Our pacers are extremely experienced runners, chosen based upon their previous running and/or pacing performances and know what it takes to hold a steady pace and give you a great half marathon experience – dynamic and personable, and dedicated to making sure you have a great time on the course!

Pace groups have been established for the following half marathon finish times:
1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20

If you would like to take the guess work out of your finish time join a pace group. There is no sign-up, just follow the corresponding pace group on race morning at your wave start.

Is there a Sweat Check?
Yes.  Before you enter your corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Sweat Check located at the front entrance to Sutter Health Park.

You must show your race number to pick up your items.  Although this area is secure, we want to remind you not to place any valuable items (keys, wallets, cell phones, watches, etc.) in your bag.  While our volunteers will do their best, we cannot be held responsible for lost items.

Don’t forget to claim your items after the race!

To iPod or not to iPod?
Participants wearing headphones are less aware of their surroundings and may not be aware of (1) starting line announcements; (2) instructions on the course from race management, volunteers and police officers; (3) warnings that a car is in the immediate vicinity or that participants have strayed off course (an example would be running on the wrong side of a coned line when the other side is open to traffic); (4) friendly warnings from another participant that is approaching to pass; (5) finish line/chute announcements; and (6) directions in the recovery area. Basically, when you can’t hear what is going on around you, you lose one of your most valuable senses—at a time when you need all of your senses working.  Even if a participant is cognizant of their surroundings and “wants” to be aware, the inability to hear clearly is a significant risk factor that cannot be ignored.  Event personnel must be able to communicate with participants before, during and after the race.

Can I run with an iPod/headphones?
Yes, USA Track & Field recently amended the ban on headphones, iPods, etc.  Only athletes competing in Championship races for awards, medals or prize money may not use electronic devices.  Please keep in mind you are less aware of your surroundings if you choose to run with an iPod.

What is NOT allowed on the course?
Dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, unauthorized bicycles are not allowed on the course.

Are food and beverages available at the end of the race?
Upon finishing you will receive a bag o’goodies filled snacks.  Sutter Health Park will also have additional options available for purchase.

Celebrate your Shamrock’n finish over a cold beer.  The concessionaire will be serving beer on tap. All finishers of age will receive a complimentary beer.  You must wear your wristband issued at packet pickup.  Additional beers may be purchased.

Results
Complete race results will be posted online race day.

Medals
All finishers of the Half Marathon will receive a Shamrock’n finisher’s medal.  Finishers of the Double-Header may pick up their medal at the awards tent upon completion of the half marathon.

Awards
Half Marathon Award Divisions
Awards to the top three male and female half-marathon finishers in each age division: 15-under, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-over.