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Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I CHANGE DISTANCES/EVENTS AFTER I HAVE REGISTERED?

Yes.  Changing to the 5k or 8k is free.  Changing to the 15k requires a $10 fee.    Changing to the Half is permitted until the Half is full and requires a fee equal to the difference in entry fee amount.  Changing from the Half to any distance is free.
 

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 17 and 18 at the Oregon Convention Center.

 
 HOW DO I EXCHANGE MY T-SHIRT FOR A DIFFERENT SIZE?
 
Go the the T-shirt pick-up area at the adidas 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.
 

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 for the same event/distance at no charge. See below for details.

CAN I TRANSFER MY ENTRY TO SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes, but only for the same event/distance you registered for.  Follow the procedure outlined below.  We do not allow bib number transfers, however, on Shamrock Sunday.

To request a transfer before March 7:  Please e-mail us 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, postal address, e-mail address, cell phone number, DOB, age, gender and T-shirt size for the person who you are transferring your number to.  We will then change the data base accordingly and will assign a new bib number to the person you designated for the same event you registered for.

To request a transfer after March 7:  You must go to the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday, March 17 or on Saturday, March 18.  Bring your bib number to the Solutions table.  If you don't have your bib number, go to the Will Call area nearby to pick it up and then go to the Solutions table.

Sorry, but bib number transfers are not permitted on Shamrock Sunday.  

There is no charge for a bib number transfer to a person who will participate in the same event/distance that you signed up for.

If the person you transferred your bib number to wants to change distances/events, he or she will need to follow the procedure outline here.

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, 15k or Shamrock Half is not permitted.

There is also a time limit in the the Shamrock Half. You must maintain a pace of at least 14 minutes per mile.  You should not spend too much time walking the Shamrock Half.

what happens if i cannot maintain a 14-minute per mile pace or faster in the half?

You will need to get to SW Terwilliger and Hamilton by 9:55 AM for the Shamrock Half.  That intersection is near the 8-mile mark.  With a start time for the Half at 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 10:00 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 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 Shamrock Half, 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 for the Half is not closed to traffic until 7:50 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 Run, 8k Run, 15k Run, Leprechaun Lap or Shamrock Half.

Where can I store my warm-ups during the event?

We will have a large canopy in Waterfront Park near SW Pine Street -- 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.

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 sounds until the runner crosses the finish line. The time waiting and 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 crosses the starting line to when the runner crosses 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 at any distance.

WHERE CAN I FIND RESULTS FOR THE 2016 SHAMROCK RUN?

Click HERE for complete race results from the 2016 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 Shamrock Half, the 15k or the 8k, and some can do the Shamrock Stride. It doesn’t matter.