Come join the fun and be part of the 1st Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k benefiting Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House on March 20, 2021 with a 5:30 p.m. start time.  This is a great way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Regardless of whether you run, jog, walk or simply shuffle your way to the finish line, we encourage you to join us.

***Please read our Covid procedures below***

Start/Finish location: 

ETSU Campus

Packet Pickup and parking:

March 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. DRIVE THRU PICKUP ONLY at Ronald McDonald House (418 N State of Franklin Rd)

March 20 at 3 p.m. (ETSU Mini Dome area *see parking information below)


Awards for both men and women include: Top 3 overall, Top Male & Female Masters, Top Male & Female GrandMasters, Age Groups (9 & Under, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Older)

Virtual Race Option: We recommend the virtual option for those runners who want to keep socially distant or have scheduling conflicts. This is a great way to still participate!

***Please note: Finisher’s medals will be for the first 250 registered participants ONLY. These will be given at packet pickup.***


Registration Information


$25 Early bird special (now through February 5)

$30 per entrant (February 6 through March 19)

$35 Late registration (Packet Pickup on March 20)

18 years & under

$20 Early bird special (now through February 5)

$25 per entrant (February 6 through March 19)

$30 Late registration (Packet Pickup on March 20)

Deadline for guaranteed shirt and shirt-size is March 5, 2021


Ronald McDonald House Southern Appalachian has a no refund policy due to the pre-ordering of event shirts, medals, bibs, etc. We understand that emergencies or last minute schedule changes do occur, therefore, to better accommodate you, we have some other options instead.

  • You can have someone pick up your packet for you
  • You can transfer your entry to someone else
  • You can switch to the virtual option and turn in your virtual race time at a later time, and still receive the shirt and medal.

Please email info@thegoosechase.org for more information.

 Course & Parking Information

We ask that you please park in the parking lot and parking garage, which are labeled on the map above.

Volunteers Needed!

Injury? Not prepared to run or shuffle? Still want to be involved? Need community service or volunteer hours? This is a great event to be involved with. We are needing approximately 50 energetic individuals to assist us with packet pickup, course marshaling, water station and with post race activities and clean up. If you are available, we would love to have you. Make the most of your experience with us and dress in your best leprechaun attire. The runners will love seeing you on the course!


If you are interested in supporting the Ronald McDonald House Southern Appalachian, please email Tina Ison at tina@rmhsa.org.

Special Guest performance from….

Appalachian Irish Dance Company

Founded just a month and a half ago in northeast Tennessee.  Currently offering classes in Elizabethton, Tennessee at Watts Dance Studio. Classes are available for ages 5 to adult and dancers are also available for performances.  Director and instructor Kimberly Mullenix has been teaching for over 20 years in Boston, Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville. The performance based school focuses on the traditional dances of Ireland, it’s history, and culture.

For more information, contact Kimberly at appirishdanceco@gmail.com


PLEASE help us get races back in the area by assisting us with the following recommendations for the safety of all involved with this event.  We want everyone to remain healthy and have fun.  

Onsite registering 

  • No race day registration with paper forms.
  • Day of registrations: Participants will go to designated tent and verbally register for race.  Payments will be through Venmo or Square.
  • Contact-less packet pickup (minimal contact).  Dynamic bib assignment which allows people to register from their laptop or smartphone up to race time.  Crew members will hand bib to participant when they walk in and check them off on a laptop.  Crew members/volunteers will abide by the protective guidelines provided by the State of Tennessee.  We have the technology to minimize contact and keep people socially distant.


  • Location specific.

Check-in and packet pickup

  • We will be spacing our tables throughout the area.  These will be spaced all throughout the area to assist with social distancing.
    1. Table one – pickup your bib
    2. Table two – sign your waiver
    3. Table three – record your bib with We Run Events
    4. Table four – pickup your race shirt
    5. Table five, six, seven, etc….These are tables for additional race merch and vendors so please visit them too.
  • Hand sanitizer and mask stations will be available in the bib pickup area and throughout the race area.
  • Race shirts will be ordered MARCH 5.  To guarantee your shirt during packet pickup, please register prior to that date.  We have ordered extra shirts but will do a reorder after race day if necessary. 
  • Everyone MUST sign a waiver at the event


  • Location specific.


  • Each wave will be no more than 30 and will be properly spaced out for social distancing.
  • We will be communicating updates to the registered participants closer to the race.
  • Runners should not run in packs of more than 4.  Runners should keep socially distant during the race.  Do not draft on other runners.
  • Runners are to bring their own water or fluid.  No water stations on the course.
  • Masks are not required during the race.  We encourage you to wear a mask when not racing.
  • Please utilize sidewalks where available as streets will not be closed and no police officers will used.
  • Volunteers and signs will be along the course.
  • RACE ONLOOKERS:  Will be allowed to space out along the route

Post Race

  • Water and individually wrapped snacks will be provided near the finish area
  • We will play music before and during race

Results and awards

  • When the runners finish they will receive a text message with their time and finish result.  They can also check their results on-line on their smart phone or when they get home.  No results kiosks
  • No awards ceremony.  Awards can be picked up at  the designated table near the finish line.

Social Distancing

  • After finishing, please avoid congregating in groups (10 or less).