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Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I CHANGE EVENTS AFTER I HAVE REGISTERED?

Yes.  If you have not received your bib number, you can change events and do so at no charge.  But, please send us an e-mail by March 5 to pdqemail@aol.com with your name, the event you registered for and the event you want to change to.  We need to assign you a different color bib number for your new event.

If you have received your bib number, or If you want to change events after March 5, you must come to the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday, March 14 or Saturday, March 15 to change events.  Go to the Solutions table.  There is no charge to change events.

To make a bib number transfer on race morning, go to the Solutions canopy near the Will Call area at Waterfront Park.  There is no charge to change events.

I REGISTERED, BUT HAVE LEARNED THAT I WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE. 
IS MY ENTRY FEE REFUNDABLE?

No. Entry fees are not refundable, even for an injury. Sorry. But, you can transfer your bib number to another person at no charge. See below for details.

CAN I TRANSFER MY ENTRY TO SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes. But, please send us an e-mail by March 5 so we can transfer your registration to the person you designate. Send your e-mail to: pdqemail@aol.com Be sure to include the full name, mailing address, e-mail address, age and gender of the person who you are transferring your number to, and the event that person is doing.

To do a transfer after March 5, you must go to the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday, March 14 or on Saturday, March 15.  Report to the Solutions table.

To make a bib number transfer on race morning, go to the Solutions canopy near the Will Call area at Waterfront Park.

There is no charge for a bib number transfer.

CAN I HAVE SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY BIB NUMBER AND T-SHIRT FOR ME?

Yes.  Whoever you designate to pick up your bib number must do so at the Bib Number Pick-up area at the Shamrock Fitness Fair on March 14 and 15 at the Oregon Convention Center.

I’M NOT SURE I CAN RUN THE ENTIRE DISTANCE IN THE EVENT I ENTERED. CAN I SLOW DOWN OR WALK IF I NEED TO?

Yes. Running and walking to complete a distance is OK. In fact, mixing walking with running is a great way to improve your conditioning. Many Shamrock Run participants walk portions of the routes.

But, if you want to walk an entire distance, then you must enter the 5k Shamrock Stride. Walking the entire distance in the 8k and 15k is not permitted.

There is also a time limit in the 15k. You must maintain a pace of at least 14 minutes per mile.

what happens if i cannot maintain a 14-minute per mile pace or better in the 15k?

You will need to get to SW Terwilliger and Hamilton by 9:10 AM.  That is about 5.25 miles.  Assuming you start by 7:50 AM, you should make it running a 14-minute pace.

We are under a great deal of pressure from Portland Police and the Terwilliger neighborhood to get Terwilliger reopened to traffic by 9:15 AM.  So, if you don't reach that intersection in time, a Portland Police officer will direct you to turn left onto Hamilton and go down the hill to SW Barbur where you can rejoin the 15k route toward downtown.

This detour will result in shortening the course by about 2 miles.  Sorry for having to strictly enforce the 14-minute per mile pace for the 15k, but it is one of the conditions of our permit with the City.

Unfortunately, we do not allow early starts because of safety concerns.  Our course is not closed to traffic until 7:39 AM.

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?

Dogs are allowed only in the Shamrock Stride. Please do not bring your dog to run with you in the 5k, 8k or 15k.

WHAT IS MEANT BY “CLOTHES CHECK”?

We will have a large canopy in Waterfront Park, just north of the Morrison Bridge, 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 clothes check service is for warm-up clothing only.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “GUN” TIME AND A “NET” TIME?

A runner’s “gun” finish time is the elapsed time from when the starting horn sounded until the runner crossed the finish line. The time waiting or slowly moving forward to cross the start line is included in the runner’s official “gun” time.

A runner’s “net” finish time (or “chip” time) is the elapsed time from when the runner actually crossed the starting line to when the runner crossed the finish line. Time spent waiting to cross the starting line is NOT included in the runner’s official “net” time.

The Shamrock Run uses “gun” times for only the top five overall finishers in each race. For all other finishers, and for the purpose of determining the top three finishers in each age group, the Shamrock Run uses “net” or “chip” times.

IS THERE AN AWARD CATEGORY FOR RACE WALKING?

No, sorry. Although race walkers are permitted in all events at Shamrock, so long as they can maintain at least an average pace of 14:00 per mile, Shamrock does not offer a competitive race walking division.

WHERE CAN I FIND RESULTS FOR THE 2013 SHAMROCK RUN?

Click HERE for complete race results from the 2013 Shamrock Run.

CAN PEOPLE ON MY TEAM DO DIFFERENT EVENTS?

Yes. Team members can do any combination of events or distances. Some can do the 5k, others can do the 15k or 8k, and some can do the Shamrock Stride. It doesn’t matter.