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Shamrock Run Portland

Sun 17th Mar 2019 • by Motiv Running
Portland, Oregon, US

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Tickets $15–$75

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  • Closed roads
  • Flat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Road
  • 15500 participants

From the organiser

Founded in 1979, the Shamrock Run Portland is the largest running and walking event in Oregon and is the third largest running event in the western United States. In 2019, 25,000 participants will celebrate the 41st edition of the event on Sunday, March 17 at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

The Shamrock Run offers competitive races at 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), 8 kilometers (4.97 miles), 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) and a half-marathon (13.1 miles) with a field limit of 3000 runners. Shamrock also offers the Shamrock Stride, a 4-mile fitness walk, and the Leprechaun Lap, a 1km (0.6-mile) run/walk for children age 10 and younger.

All the courses start at Waterfront Park near SW Oak and Naito Parkway and run through the center of downtown Portland for a fun urban experience and feature slightly downhill final sections. The 15k and half-marathon routes include the challenging, and scenic, Terwilliger hills. The new Shamrock Stride 4-mile walk boasts city views and a river walk including the Tilikum Crossing and Steel Bridges.

Distances in this event

  1. Shamrock Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    9:20am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    $75
    Tickets available
  2. Shamrock 15k

    Run 15km
    8:55am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    $49
    Tickets available
  3. Shamrock 8k

    Run 8km
    10:10am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    $39
    Tickets available
  4. Shamrock Stride 4-Mile

    Run 4mi
    10:30am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    $15–$39
    Tickets available
  5. Shamrock 5k

    Run 5km
    8:00am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    $15–$39
    Tickets available
  6. Kids Leprechaun Lap 1K

    Run 1km
    9:40am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    $15
    Tickets available

Route info

Course Maps
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What’s Included

A short-sleeve souvenir Shamrock Run T-shirt

A 12-ounce pour of Widmer Brothers beer (for participants 21 and older)

A 6-ounce serving of Shamrock Irish soup

A commemorative 15k Shamrock medallion (15k finishers only)

A commemorative Shamrock Half-Marathon medallion (Half finishers only)

Course Details

Shamrock Half Marathon:

The Half features these benefits:

A course using SW Naito and Barbur Blvd

Incorporates the entire 15k route

Few turns and a creative way to reach the iconic Terwilliger Hills

Significantly less transit crossings – only 2

More downhill along SW Terwilliger

All Half finishers will receive a free commemorative Shamrock bottle opener medallion when exiting the finish area.

Shamrock 15k:

The 15K field open only to RUNNERS.  The 15K run is a 9.3-mile course through downtown Portland and the Terwilliger Hills with these benefits:

  • A course using SW Naito and Barbur Blvd
  • A southbound start to eliminate running out and back along NW Naito
  • Fewer turns and a creative way to reach the iconic Terwilliger Hills
  • Significantly less transit crossings – only 2
  • More downhill along SW Terwilliger

All 15km finishers will receive a free commemorative Shamrock bottle opener medallion as they exit the finish area.

Shamrock 8k:

The 8K field open only to RUNNERS.  The 8K route features these benefits:

  • A fast route along NW Naito/Front
  • No MAX, Streetcar or Tri-Met crossings
  • Entirely out-and-back with opportunities to wave to your friends
  • No congestion along the route with runners doing other distances
  • Only one turn, which is at the turn-around point
  • A finish line at SW Naito and Stark near the start line at SW Pine

Shamrock 5k:

The 5K field open only to RUNNERS (all ages permitted).  The 5k route features these benefits:

  • A fast route utilizing SW Naito
  • The first start time of the day for easier parking and start area access
  • Only 2 MAX/Streetcar crossings
  • Entirely out-and-back with opportunities to wave to your friends
  • No congestion along the route with runners doing other distances
  • Only one turn, which is at the turn-around point
  • A finish line at SW Naito and Yamhill

Kids Leprechaun Lap 1K:

A 0.6-mile Run/Walk for Children 10 and under and their adult companions.

The route is out and back along SW Naito Parkway between the start/finish line at SW Pine Street and the turn-around point at NW Couch. Prizes at the finish line!

Raceday Logistics

All Shamrock events (except the Leprechaun Lap) will be started with a “release and hold” system. Runners are to line up behind their appropriate per-mile pace sign held overhead in the assembly area. Runners will be released in groups of 500 to 1000 participants every 30 to 90 seconds to allow the field to spread out and to minimize congestion along the route, especially in the first mile.

The chip-timing system will not record a starting time for a runner until that runner has crossed the timing mats at the start line. Time spent waiting to cross the start line is NOT included in the scored finish time for a runner.

All race distances are USATF-certified.

Packet Pickup:Bib Number Pick-Up

Here are the ways to get your bib number and t-shirt before race day:

  1. Join a Team of 12 or more!  Team members get special discounts and all bibs and t-shirts are shipped to the Team Captains so you get yours before anyone else during the first week of March.
  2. Non-team members can get their bibs and t-shirts at the Shamrock Run Fitness Fair, presented by Moda Health, in Exhibit Hall A/A1 at the Oregon Convention Center.  For runners, your timing chip is attached to the back of your bib number.
  3. Have a friend pick-up your bib for you at the Shamrock Fitness Fair (non team members only). If you need a friend or family member to pick up your bib, please be sure you have their details to hand.
Travel

Directions to Waterfront Park and Parking:

The event site is at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, which is located next to SW Naito Parkway between Pine and Salmon Streets.

From I-5 North (south of Portland), connect onto I-405 North and take the 4thAvenue exit. Continue north on SW 4th Avenue to Stark Street. Turn right onto Stark and look for parking in this area. Waterfront Park and the start area are four blocks east.

From I-5 South (north of Portland), take the City Center/Morrison Bridge exit and follow the signs to SW Naito Parkway.

From I-84 West (east of Portland), connect onto I-5 South and then take the City Center/Morrison Bridge exit and follow the signs to SW Naito Parkway.

From Highway 26 (west of Portland), take the Market Street exit and continue east on Market to SW 2nd Avenue. Turn left onto SW 2nd and continue north to SW Stark Street. Look for parking in this area. To reach Waterfront Park and the starting area, walk two blocks east on Stark.

Taking MAX or TriMet is an easy way to get to the Shamrock Run and saves the inconvenience of finding a place to park. For the best routes and schedules, call 503/238-RIDE (7433) or go to www.trimet.org.

MAX riders should step off at SW 1st and Oak Street and walk one block east to SW Naito Parkway and the start area at Waterfront Park.

Downtown Parking Lots and Garage:

City Center Parking operates a number of pay lots and garages in downtown Portland that are near Waterfront Park.

Enter the distance you want from “Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon” in the lot locator tool. The program will display a list of surface lots and garages in order of proximity to Waterfront Park. These lots and garage require a fee to park.

Kit List

There are no specified requirements but please do wear your Irish green if you can!

Spectators

There are great opportunities to spectate all along the course - just make sure that if you plan on driving you allow plenty of time before the race start to avoid the road closures - driving even on the morning before the race is hugely discouraged.

Volunteers

If you have a group of 15 or more that is interested in raising funds by working at the 2019 Shamrock Run, please contact: [email protected]

Tasks may include serving as course marshals, site-prep, staffing at food and refreshments, at the start or finish line and other event tasks on event weekend.

Every group worker receives a special Shamrock Run T-shirt or poncho.

FAQs

How Do I Exchange My T-shirt for a Different Size?

Go the the T-shirt pick-up area at the Shamrock Fitness Fair or take your shirt to Waterfront Park on Shamrock Sunday to the T-shirt canopy and make the exchange. But, we cannot guarantee that we will have the size shirt you want on Shamrock Sunday.

Can I Wear Headphones on the Course at Shamrock?

Yes. But, please stay alert. Although the streets are closed to vehicle traffic, sometimes emergency vehicles must get on or across the routes.

Can I Run With a Baby Jogger or Stroller?

Running with a baby jogger or a stroller at Shamrock is NOT permitted. But, walking with a baby jogger or a stroller is allowed, although only in the Shamrock Stride.

Can I Run or Walk With My Dog at Shamrock?

Shamrock Run is a very large community event for all ages. Please help us keep our participants, spectators, volunteers AND your pet safe and stress-free by leaving your pets at home on this Sunday morning (except for certified assistance dogs/animals).

Where Can I Store My Warm-ups During the Event?

We will have a large canopy in Waterfront Park near The Morrison Bridge — identified as “Gear Check” — where participants can leave their warm-up clothing for safe-keeping during the event. Please do not check backpacks, keys, wallets, purses or other valuables, however. The gear check service is for warm-up clothing only and it is free. The event provides the bags for gear check.

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