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 2020, 25,000 participants will celebrate the 42nd edition of the event on Sunday, March 15th 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.
Shamrock Sunday activities in the finish area include the Widmer Brothers Brewing beer garden, complimentary hot soup and an entertainment stage with performances from local musicians. Music is featured at the starting line and along the Shamrock routes.
Shamrock Weekend kicks-off with the Shamrock Run Fitness Fair. This two-day event at the Oregon Convention Center on March 13th and 14th is in conjunction with Shamrock participant bib number and t-shirt pickup. The Fitness Fair features more than 80 running and fitness exhibitors, celebrities and mascots, contests and give-aways and a Leprechaun Lane area for kids. More than 25,000 people attend the Shamrock Fitness Fair, presented by Moda Health.
The primary beneficiary of the event is Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, which has been affiliated with Shamrock for the past 22 years.
How to enter the Portland Shamrock Run
- Run 13.1mi
- Run 15km
- Run 8km
- Run 4mi
- Run 5km
- Run 1km
Portland Shamrock Run routes
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.
The 15K route features much of the Half route, including plenty of downhill and the final stretch into Terwiliger Hills.
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
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.
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