Shamrock Running Club

- Established by Bill Feeney 2001

Boston Marathon Numbers

Guidelines for Boston Marathon Number Distribution

  1. Available marathon numbers will be divided equally between male and female runners.
  2. Marathon number recipients will be chosen via a lottery to be held at the Fall COOKOUT (~September).
  3. Actual number applications will be given out at our end of the year Banquet (~January).
  4. To be eligible for a marathon number a candidate must meet the following criteria: Eligibility year runs from September to September unlike our club membership which runs From January 1 to December 31.
  5. Be a member of the Shamrock Running Club for at least 2 years prior to the date of the number drawing.
  6. Must have completed either a marathon or half-marathon within 1 year, (12 months) prior to the drawing.
  7. Dues must be paid in full for the years prior to and the year of the Boston Marathon (if you are entering the lottery for a 2018 number, your dues must be paid in full for 2016 and 2017).
  8. Candidate must have volunteered to work (not just run!) at least two of the Club-sponsored events listed below:
    • Shamrock New Year’s Day Race (Run Your Hangover Off)
    • BAA Boston Marathon Expo (April)
    • Kick in for Kids (May)
    • BAA 10K (June)
    • Shamrock Feeney 5K(July)
    • VNA Care Hospice Race (October)
    • BAA Half Marathon (October)
    • Mill Cities Relay-water stop (December)
    • Other events which may arise, subject to Board approval
  1. Members who volunteer in more than two events will be given one additional chance for each event they volunteered. For example, a member volunteering in 3 events will be given TWO chances in the lottery.
  2. Members cannot receive a marathon number more than once in two years. (If you received an official number for 2016 you are not eligible for the lottery again until 2018).
  3. Numbers are non-transferable and must be used by the recipient. If the recipient is unable to participate in the marathon, he/she must return the application immediately to the Board so that it may be assigned to an alternate.
  4. Winners of the Shamrock Running Clubs invitational numbers are required to wear Shamrock Running Club apparel (e.g., Shamrock singlet, top, shirt) at the Boston Marathon
  5. In the process of determining eligibility for marathon numbers, the Board may at its discretion make exceptions to the above guidelines.