Saturday, March 10, 2018
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 and 10K run/walk
Sunday, March 11, 2018 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 no later than Thursday, March 1, 2017.
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 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.
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!
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 lot will fill up. There are alternate sites for race parking outlined below:
Parking Garages Within Walking Distance
The Tower Bridge Garage located at Front St. and Capitol Mall is located less than a 1/2 mile from the starting line. They have a special $7 flat rate for anyone entering between 6:00 am and 10:00 am. To receive this discounted rate, you must purchase through this link: Tower Bridge parking discount.
Directions to Tower Bridge parking
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 is a $5 flat rate for anyone entering between 6:00 am and 10:00 am. To receive this discounted rate, you must purchase through this link: Old Sacramento Garage parking discount.
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.
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.
5k and 10k Course
5K / 10K
5K USATF Course Certification # Pending
10K USATF Course Certification # Pending
The 10K course is a double lap of the 5K course.
Course subject to change.
1.5 miles on R St. at 5th St.
Half Marathon Course
Half Marathon USATF Certification # CA17022RS
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 Ave.
Aid #4 – Mile 9.5 on Front St. at CA Auto Museum
Aid #5 – Mile 11.5 near The Zigguart
It’s not a Rock’n event without some very cool Shamrock’n Swag
- Gender specific 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 and Half finishers.
- A commemorative baseball for all Kids’ Leprechaun Dash 1/2 Mile finishers.
- Personalized Bib Numbers for all entrants (if registered by Jan. 31, 2017).
- An awesome finish at the Raley Field third base line.
- One complimentary beer for 5K, 10K and Half Marathon participants (participants must show I.D. race day).