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Shamrock Run Portland

Sun 17th Mar 2019
1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201, USA

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Dust off the winter cobwebs and lace up for Oregon's biggest running festival. The full range of distances means there's a race for everyone. Come for the finisher's medal, t-shirt, Irish soup and Widmer Bros beer.
  • Closed roads
  • Flat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Road
  • 15500 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Originating all the way back in 1979, the Shamrock run is now Oregons single largest running or walking event. Whilst offering races all the way from 5K, 8K, 15K through to the Half Marathon, we also boast the Shamrock Stride, for the more relaxed, as well as a 1K Fun Run for Kids. Join us in for this festival of running, Irish style.

Distances in this event

  1. Shamrock Half Marathon

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

    Run 15km
    8:55am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Event passed
  3. Shamrock 8k

    Run 8km
    10:10am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Event passed
  4. Shamrock Stride 4-Mile

    Run 4mi
    10:30am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Event passed
  5. Shamrock 5k

    Run 5km
    8:00am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Event passed
  6. Kids Leprechaun Lap 1K

    Run 1km
    9:40am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Event passed

Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

Route info

Course Maps
What’s Included
All runners can expect a participant T-shirt and some delicious Irish soup - as well as a pour of Widmer Bros beer, for those 21 and over.

15k and Half Marathon runners will also receive a finishers medal

Course Details
Shamrock Half Marathon:
With a course containing minimal turns and plenty of downhill, the Half boasts a truly picturesque journey into the famous Terwiliger Hills - now with only two road crossings.

Shamrock 15k:
The 15K route features much of the Half route, including plenty of downhill and the final stretch into Terwiliger Hills.

Shamrock 8k:
The 8K contains an out and back route, beginning at SW Pine and culminating at SW Naito. With one solitary turn on the route congestion will be minimised for those tackling this one

Shamrock 5k:
5k runners can expect to be going off first, again with only two on-couse road crossings and one turn around point. The finish is at SW Naito and Yamhil

Kids Leprechaun Lap 1K:
The Kids Fun Run is an out and back along SW Naito.

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.

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.

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!


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.


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.


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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