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You arrive at Portland International Raceway on June 29th with a carload of your most adventurous friends. As you step out you notice the people around you admiring your groups coordinated Avengers-in-bathing-suits costumes and your on-point Hulk-green body paint. In the festival, people are already riding the mechanical bull and playing beach volleyball (Rugged Maniac is definitely more than just a mud run), but youre more interested in the stein-hoisting contest on the main stage. You make a note to sign up for that and the pie-eating contest after you run. You see obstacles in the distance mud-covered people jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines, rocketing down a huge water slide and your surging excitement confirms what you already knew: Today is going to be awesome!
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.