Shamrock Running Club

- Established by Bill Feeney 2001

Boston Marathon Numbers

Guidelines for Shamrock Running Club Boston Marathon Invitational Number Distribution

  1. The number of Shamrock Running Club Boston Marathon Invitational Numbers is determined by the Boston Athletic Association.  We are not guaranteed to receive Invitational Numbers each year.
  2. Available marathon numbers will be divided equally between male and female runners.
  3. Marathon number recipients will be chosen via a lottery to be held at the Fall COOKOUT (~September).
  4. Actual number applications will be given out at our end of the year Banquet (~January).
  5. The marathon number eligibility year runs from September to September unlike our club membership which runs From January 1 to December 31.
  6. You must be a member of the Shamrock Running Club for at least 2 years prior to the date of the number drawing.
  7. Must have completed either a marathon or half-marathon within 1 year, (12 months) prior to the drawing.
  8. 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).
  9. Candidate must have volunteered to work (not just run!) at least four of the Club-sponsored events listed below.  You will receive 1 lottery ticket for volunteering for four events:
    • Shamrock New Year’s Day Race (Run Your Hangover Off)
    • BAA Boston Marathon Expo (April)
    • Kick in for Kids (May)
    • BAA 10K Shamrock water stop (June)
    • Shamrock Feeney 5K(July)
    • VNA Care Hospice Race (October)
    • BAA Half Marathon Shamrock water stop(October)
    • Mill Cities Relay-water stop (December)
    • Other events which may arise, subject to Board approval
  1. One of the volunteer events must be a BAA Event (Marathon Expo, 10K Shamrock water stop, Half Marathon Shamrock water stop)
  2. Members cannot receive a marathon number more than once in two years. (If you received a Shamrock 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.