Runner Information

Saturday Schedule

Saturday, March 14, 2020

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

6:45 am – Raley Field packet pick up and race day registration opens
8:00 am – Start for the Kids’ Leprechaun Dash 1/2 mile (12 and under only)
8:15 am – Start for the 5K
9:00 am    Start for the 10K run/walk

Sunday Schedule

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Blue Diamond Almonds Shamrock’n Half Marathon

Wave Start Details for the Half Marathon
In an effort to ease congestion along the course, 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 other runners of a similar pace. Each wave has its own start with a short “time cushion” between each wave. We hope the wave start creates a safer, more enjoyable experience for all participants.

Wave starts will be assigned and announced in early March 2020

Race Day Packet Pickup Only 6:30am – Raley Field (no race day registration)

Wave Start Times 7:45 am — Wave 1 8:00 am — Wave 2 8:15 am — Wave 3
Course Time Limit There is a course time limit of 4 hours from the start of Wave 3. Roads open to traffic at 12:30 pm.

Directions

Directions to Raley Field

Business 80 Westbound/US 50 Westbound
(from Placerville, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, etc.)
Business 80 West to Jefferson Blvd/Fifth St. Exit
Keep Right to exit at Fifth St.

-OR-

Business 80 West to Jefferson Blvd/Fifth St. Exit.
Keep Left to exit Jefferson Blvd.
Turn Right at the stoplight at the end of the off ramp.
Turn Right on West Capital Ave.
Turn Right on Fifth St.

Interstate 80 Eastbound
(from San Francisco, Davis, etc.)
Interstate 80 Eastbound to Capital City Freeway (Bus. 80/US – 50) to South Lake Tahoe.
Exit Jefferson Blvd./Downtown Sacramento.
Keep to the Left and take the Downtown Sacramento exit.
Turn Right on Fifth St.

Interstate 5 Northbound
(from Stockton, Elk Grove, etc.)
Interstate 5 Northbound to Business 80/US – 50 Westbound toward San Francisco
Exit at Jefferson Blvd./Fifth St.
Keep Right to exit Fifth St.

Interstate 5 Southbound
(from Redding, Marysville, North Natomas, etc.)
Interstate 5 Southbound to Hwy 50/I-80 Westbound
Exit at Jefferson Blvd./Fifth St.
Keep Right to exit Fifth.

Do not attempt to drive to Raley Field by crossing the Tower Bridge from Sacramento after 7:15 a.m. The Tower Bridge off-ramp to West Capitol Avenue will close at 7:15 a.m.

All of these directions take you on part of the race course and some of these roads will close by 7:15 a.m. for final course set-up. All entrants should plan to arrive at Raley Field by at least 6:15 a.m. RACE WILL START ON TIME!

Lodging

 

More information regarding hotel accommodations will be posted closer to the event.

Parking

With over 6,000 total participants plus family and friends to cheer you on, expect very heavy traffic race morning. Please allow extra time for parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. The Raley Field lots will fill up. There are alternate sites for race parking outlined below:

 

Parking Garages Within Walking Distance

 

Special Rates Saturday for Shamrock’n Participants

The Pyramid Garage located at 707 3rd Street in West Sacramento, will have a special flat rate for anyone entering between 6:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Due to proximity to race course, please enter from I Street.  Rates to be determined.

 

Special Rates Sunday for Shamrock’n participants

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 for anyone entering between 6:00 am and 10:00 am. To receive this discounted rate, you must purchase through the link below.  Rates to be determined.

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 anyone entering between 6:00 am and 10:00 am. To receive this discounted rate, you must purchase through the link that will be listed below.  Rates to be determined.

March 15th—Parking reservation information will be available closer to the event.

 

Bike Valet

For those that want to avoid the parking at Raley Field you can ride your bike!

Just ride your bike to Raley Field and with some help from the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates we will do the rest. We will have a bike valet check-in at Ballpark Dr. and Riverfront St. in West Sacramento. They will keep it there secure for the duration of the event and you can pick it up after you finish.

Sweat Check

The Blue Diamond Almonds Shamrock’n 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon will have a sweat check. Come early dressed in as many layers as you’d like. Toss your extra layers into a sweat check bag before you start the race. Using a felt tipped pen write your race number on the bag provided at the sweat check site. Sweat Check will be located in front of the main entrance to Raley Field.

Upon finishing, pick up your items in the same location. 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, pagers, watches) in your bag. While our volunteers will do their best, we cannot be held responsible for lost items.

Sweat check opens at 6:45 am on race day.

Course Maps

5K and 10K Course

5K USATF Course Certification # CA16016RS
10K USATF Course Certification # Pending
The 10K course is a double lap of the 5K course.
Course subject to change.

Aid Stations:
1.5 miles on R St. at 5th St.

Half Marathon Course

Half Marathon USATF Certification # CA17071RS

Aid Stations:
There will be five aid stations on course serving both water and nuun electrolyte drink.

Aid #1 – Mile 3 at Miller Park
Aid #2 – Mile 5 on bike trail near Sutterville Rd.
Aid #3 – Mile 7 on 11th Avenue
Aid #4 – Mile 9.5 on Front St. at CA Auto Museum
Aid #5 – Mile 11.5 near The Ziggurat

Pacer Information

Pace Groups will be available for the following finish times in the Half Marathon
In Wave 1: 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, and 2:00
In Wave 2: 2:10 and 2:20
In Wave 3: 2:30

Awards

Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female winners in the Half Marathon.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the First, Second and Third Place finishers of the Half Marathon.

  • First Place Overall M/F $500
  • Second Place Overall M/F $250
  • Third Place Overall M/F $100

All other awards may be picked up at the Awards Tent located on the concourse. Awards will not be mailed so please visit the Awards Tent if you think you finished in the top three in your age group. If you fail to pick up your award on race day, you can come to Fleet Feet (2311 J St., Sacramento) on Monday afternoon following the race

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

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+

Build a Team and Support Your Charity of Choice
During registration you will be asked to join or create your own team. The team with the most registered participants will receive $500 from Fleet Feet Sacramento donated to their favorite charity after the event. Second place is $250 and third largest team will have $100 to donate.

It’s not a Rock’n event without some very cool Shamrock’n Swag

  • Gender specific short-sleeve technical shirt for 5K, 10K and Half Marathon Finishers.
  • One Complimentary RiverCats game ticket for all Half Marathon, 5K & 10K participants.
  • A commemorative medal for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Doubleheader finishers.
  • A commemorative baseball for all Kids’ Leprechaun Dash 1/2 Mile finishers.
  • Personalized Bib Numbers for all entrants (if registered by Jan. 31, 2020).
  • An awesome finish at the Raley Field.
  • One complimentary beer for 5K, 10K and Half Marathon participants (participants must show I.D. race day).

Meet the Bands

Saturday Bands

Start Line
TBD

3rd & Capitol
TBD

Sunday Bands

Start Line
TBD

Front & O St.
TBD

Miller Park Marina
TBD

Sutterville & I-5 (bike trail)
TBD

Westin Hotel
TBD

Riverside & Darnell
TBD

5th St. & 1st Ave.
TBD

Front St. by the Auto Museum
TBD

4th & R St.
TBD

3rd & Capitol
TBD

Riverwalk
TBD

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 – Raley Field

Race Day Parking
Expect heavy traffic race morning. Please allow extra time for parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Plan to be at Raley Field by no later than 6:45am for the Half Marathon. The race will start on time.  Here are some other parking options to consider:

March 14th—Shamrock’n 5K & 10K
The Pyramid Garage located at 707 3rd Street in West Sacramento, will have a special flat rate for anyone entering between 6:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Due to proximity to race course, please enter from I Street. Rates to be determined.

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 Raley Field.

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 and a vegetarian burrito.  Raley Field 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 Lagunitas 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 – Raley Field (no race day registration) **Please note that Pre-Race Packet Pickup is highly recommended

Race Day Parking
Expect heavy traffic race morning. Please allow extra time for parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Plan to be at Raley Field by no later than 6:45am for the Half Marathon. The race will start on time.  Here are some other parking options to consider:

March 15th—Shamrock’n Half Marathon

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 for anyone entering between 6:00 am and 10:00 am. To receive this discounted rate, you must purchase through the link below. Rates to be determined.

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 anyone entering between 6:00 am and 10:00 am. To receive this discounted rate, you must purchase through the link that will be listed below. Rates to be determined.

March 15th—Parking reservation information will be available closer to the event.

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 – Mile 3 at Miller Park
  • Aid #2 – Mile 5 on bike trail near Sutterville Rd.
  • Aid #3 – Mile 7 on 11th Avenue
  • Aid #4 – Mile 9.5 on Front St. at CA Auto Museum
  • Aid #5 – Mile 11.5 near The Ziggurat
  • 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:
1:40, 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 Raley Field.

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 and a vegetarian burrito.  Raley Field 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 Lagunitas 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.

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