Virtual Shamrock Run

Updated: March 16 @ 1:30pm PT

We regret to inform our runners that the San Jose Shamrock Run 10K & 5K benefiting the San José-Dublin Sister Cities Scholarship Program has been canceled due to the threat of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. On Monday, March 9 the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department issued a ban on gatherings larger than 1,000 persons, which our event categorizes under and while it is difficult to cancel an event, we supported the decisions in the interest of the public's health and safety. On Monday, March 16, Bay Area shelter in place restrictions were outlined.

The Virtual Run & Resiliency

Our mission at Run Local Events is to both ‘inspire people to move’ and to ‘improve local communities.’ With this in mind, we have pivoted to make the 2020 San Jose Shamrock Run a virtual event. We have switched all registered participants to virtual runners and will mail everyone a finisher medal, t-shirt, and race bib. We will send out an email to registered participants when these go out and we also encourage you to follow us on social @runlocalevents.

***Yes, Virtual Runners count toward all of our Run Local Series and Challenges!

As a Virtual Runner, you can complete the race distance on the route, day and time of your choosing. No official timing is necessary for Virtual Runners, but
as you participate virtually over the coming days on your own (or as a small run group), please share your swag, stories, and stoke with #SJSHAMROCKRUN. And it’s OK to try and have some fun too as we all sort through this unprecedented issue.

Running, along with any physical and mental exercise, can be a powerful antidote to times of adversity by building personal strength and resilience. We encourage our runners to find safe ways to continue this practice while adhering to the various recommendations put forth by public officials to stay healthy and also by the Bay Area shelter in place restrictions.

Our Community & What’s Next

First, we are planning on inviting our runners to pop-up events once this extraordinary event passes so we can come together as a community. 

Second, there are local businesses deeply affected by this and we encourage you to support them in a safe manner online or when this passes in person. We can’t thank our local partners enough for their ongoing support of our community.

Third, our commitment to the San José-Dublin Sister Cities Scholarship Program is unchanged. We will continue with our donation of race proceeds to support this wonderful organization.

A note about the Silicon Valley Half (updated March 9 @ 11:45pm PT)

We know many of you are also registered for the SV Half on Sunday, April 5. While the SV Half falls just outside the County’s current ban on large gatherings in the interest of the public’s health and safety we have decided to postpone the SV Half until we are certain it does not pose a risk to our runners, volunteers, staff and local community. As of now, the event is not cancelled and we are working to find another date to hold it. Will will continue to update everyone and the most current information will be available on the SV Half website.

We know you likely have questions. Inquiries regarding the event’s cancellation or virtual run can be directed to [email protected]

Thank you and on behalf of the San Jose – Dublin Sister City Program and The Run Local Bay Area Team we appreciate your continued support. 


Aaron Jacobsen

President, Run Local Events

Your Swag. Your Story.

We’re launching a photo contest to share your swag virtually. We’re going to be giving away a couple 2021 Shamrock Run registrations and in April we’ll also give one (1) Grand Prize 2021 Run Local Bay Area Series Pass.

Share your story with Shamrock Run swag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with hashtag #SJSHAMROCKRUN to be in the running to win.

We’ve also launched some new content over on our Run Local Events website to provide you a bit of a diversion:

Partner Promos

Your Shamrock Run Swag is getting shipped out! There will likely be delays in shipping, so give us until next week for them to land in your mailbox.

Thank you to our Shamrock Run partners who are continuing to provide our Virtual Runners opportunities to take advantage of! Please visit the respective partner websites for online shipping updates.

Sports Basement

Come into to any of our Bay Area locations with your bib for 20% off (28% for Basementeers!). Want to shop online? Check your email from the Shamrock Run with a unique code. 


Get your hands on the nutrition that fueled more than 50 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers and thousands of age group runners looking to finish stronger. Save 25% on the UCAN Run Starter Pack, exclusive for Shamrock Run registrants. Click the button below to save today!

49ers FIT

Shamrock Run participants can sign-up for a FREE month of training! 49ers FIT trainers will work with you to schedule accordingly based on county public health recommendations. 

O'Flaherty's Irish Pub

O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub

Unfortunately, you can’t enjoy a Guinness at O’Flaherty’s virtually. They are closed for now, but we’ll help bring them back stronger than ever. Thank you to the Shamrock Run community!