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Rockford, Illinois

Saturday, March 17, 2018!

In 2018, we will be back at Rockford Speedway!

Happy Saint Patricks Day!!!  It happens on a Saturday in 2018, so we’re going to have some serious 5K fun! Join us for beer, running, beer, walking, beer, stumbling, beer & partying at Rockford Speedway!

You will certainly enjoy this one-of- a-kind venue at the Rockford Speedway.  Rockford Speedway is located at 9572 Forest Hills Road, seven miles north of downtown Rockford, just two miles west of Interstate 90 at the intersection of Forest Hills Road and Highway 173 in Loves Park, Illinois.  Participants will have the opportunity to run the racetrack.

Runners will fuel up with 3 ounces of beer at the start of the race and will be able to refuel at five different brewery pit stops along the way and finish with the final lap on the racetrack.  At the finish line all 5 breweries will be set up and you will be able to turn your bib in for a 16 oz pint of beer. What great opportunity for beer, photos and fun.

Post Race Party

The fun doesn’t stop when you cross the finish line. Stick around until 3:00 p.m. and enjoy music, activities and more beer  will be available if you purchase beer tickets. Beer tickets can be pre-purchased via your registration for your convenience.  Beer tickets will also be available for purchase before the race and during the Post Race Party.

Personalized Bibs

If you register before late February, you can personalize your bib (see examples below). After the deadline, you can personalize your  bib at the venue if you wish. We’ll have Sharpies available for that purpose.

Race Perks

Each participant will receive a T-Shirt, Beer Glass and a Finisher’s Medal.​

Race Day Staging Area

FREE Parking will be allowed on site at the main Speedway Parking Lot, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, IL.  Our Start/Finish corral is located beside the Speedway Track and participants do a loop around the track on the way out and again before finishing!

Race Day Route

(2017 route shown. Subject to change for 2018)

Race Information

Race day scheduled Sat. March 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Packet Pick-up: We will announce packet pick-up location(s) as we get closer to the date of the event.

This event is not timed.  We do post a race clock so participants can see their times, but if you are looking to set a PR this is not the race for you.  However, over 90% of our participants do set a PRBR (Personal Best Beer Run) so come join us and set a new record!

This event is for runners and walkers over the age of 21.

All participants are required to read and sign the event waiver form.

It is the participant’s responsibility to make sure that they do not impair their ability to hear, see, sense, and detect present or potential hazards and dangers.

This race does include some stairs.  For that reason no dogs or strollers are allowed.  Please use extreme caution when going up or down stairs.

The event will start rain or shine. The event could be delayed due to lightning or other dangerous conditions.


Am I registered?  You can check by logging into, then clicking on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).

Is the event walker friendly?  Absolutely!  More than half the participants walk the course.

When and where is Packet Pickup?  We highly recommend early pickup as it will save you considerable time on race day.
Wednesday, March 14th (4-7pm) – Pig Minds Brewing Co  4080 Steele Dr., Machesney Park, IL
Thursday, March 15th (4-7pm) – Granite City Food & Brewery  7140 Harrison Ave, Rockford, IL 61112

Can I change my bib name? Yes, until February 28.  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click on Questions (Left Hand Side) then type in the bib name you’d like.

Can I change my shirt size or upgrade to a tech?.  Yes, until March 1.  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click on Giveaway, then select the new size/style you’d like.

When do I get my shirt?  You get your shirt and pint glass at Packet Pickup or when you Check-In race day.

Can we get our stuff race day?  Yes, we will open Check in at noon on race day.

Can I pick up my friends’ stuff? Yes, you just need their ID.

I can’t make the race, what are my options?  You have two choices so you don’t just eat the money.
1. Come to Packet Pickup and get your stuff.  You won’t get the beer, but you can have a shirt, pint glass and medal.
2. Sell or give away your registration.  You need to  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)  Click the Transfer to Another Runner tab (left-hand side), then enter the new runner’s name and email.  There is a $5 charge for this. If you have trouble, email for assistance.

Where should I park? There will be ample parking at the venue site.

Can I push a stroller?  No.  This event is 21+ only.  Insurance and the State require that no one under 21 be admitted.  There is a lot of beer here.

Can my kids come, even if they don’t run?  No.  This event is 21+ only.  Insurance and the State require that no one under 21 be admitted.  There is a lot of beer here.

Do you offer gluten-free beer?  Sorry, no we don’t.

Can I switch from Spectator or DD to Beer Drinker (or vice versa)?  Yes. Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click the Transfer Event tab on the left
Click the Start Transfer
Click the second box (Select an Event) and choose the one you want.

Do spectators get shirts and pint glasses? No, they do not.  Space is a limited, so we charge for spectators as that’s one less runner we can have.  Consider volunteering to pour beer- it’s free and you’ll get a shirt!

If you have another question, please Email

Additional Charity Partners Coming Soon!  If you are with a charitable organization and would like to get involved with this event, please email for more info.

Charities We Support

Shamrock Beer Run is a fun event that celebrates St. Patrick's Day and all that is Irish. But we're not without our serious side. Shamrock Beer Run and its parent organizations, Fun Races and Midwest Event Management believe in philanthropy and giving a portion of our proceeds to valued organizations.

Below are our charity partners for the 2017 Shamrock Beer Run. We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about the organization. We also have an opportunity for additional fundraising for these fantastic organizations through the event registration page!

Nikolas Ritschell Foundation is enriching the lives of young adults fighting cancer by providing their families happy memories filled with laughter and smiles. Meet Carter and join us to Take 1 Step for Help.

Meet Carter
Animal House Shelter is a non-profit, no kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts out all breeds of dogs and cats. Every animal rescued is spay/neutered, receives all vaccines and boosters, heartgard, frontline, dewormed and a microchip before it is adopted. Foster homes and volunteers are always needed. Serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa.