Come join the fun and be part of the  4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k benefiting Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House on March 16, 2024 with a 4 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.

Start/Finish location: 

King Commons, Downtown Johnson City

Packet Pickup and parking:

March 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. DRIVE THRU PICKUP ONLY at Ronald McDonald House (418 N State of Franklin Rd)

March 16 at 2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. King Commons


Awards for both men and women include: Top 3 overall, Top Male & Female Masters, Top Male & Female GrandMasters, Age Groups (9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 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!


Registration Information


$25 Early bird special (November 20 through December 31 )

$30 per entrant (January 1 – February 3)

$35 per entrant (February 4 through March 14)

$40 Late registration (Packet Pickup on March 15 & 16)

18 years & under

$20 Early bird special (November 20 through December 31 )

$25 per entrant  (January 1 – February 3)

$30 per entrant (February 4 through March 14)

$35 Late registration (Packet Pickup on March 15-26)

Deadline for guaranteed shirt and shirt-size is March 1, 2024


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 Information

Course Directions

Please follow the course starting with yellow, then green, then finishing with red.

Although we will have arrow signs, volunteers and police officers for you on the course, we also thought the following course breakdown would be helpful as well. Please familiarize yourself with the course prior to the event. 

The Start/Finish is located at King Commons Park, specifically where the ‘JC’ is located on the ground on King St. (near the new playground). The race starts by turning right into the Renasant Bank parking lot then turning right again onto Commerce St. Runners will continue straight on Commerce St. to the Great Lawn entrance at Founders Park where they will do a u-turn and head back on Commerce St. to a left turn into the Renasant Bank Parking lot and turn right onto King St. Runners will cross N. Roan St. and stay straight on King St. At the end of King St., turn left onto Elm St. then right onto Fairview Ave. At the end of Fairview Ave., turn left onto Hale St. then left again on Myrtle St. At the end of Myrtle St., turn left onto Oak St then turn right on to Fairview Ave. Cross N. Roan St. staying straight on Fairview Ave. At the end of this road, turn left onto Montgomery St. then left onto King St. where runners will finish the race across the ‘JC’ where they started. 

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 Danielle Back at danielle@rmhsa.org.

Special Guest performance from….

Appalachian Irish Dance Company

Founded in 2021 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, visit their website at www.appirishdance.com or contact Kimberly at appirishdanceco@gmail.com