START LOCATION: All events start at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street, adjacent to Waterfront Park.
FINISH LOCATION: All events, except the Leprechaun Lap, finish at SW Naito Parkway and Taylor Street at the south end of Waterfront Park near the Salmon Springs Fountain. The Leprechaun Lap finishes where it starts at SW Naito and Pine Street.
All race distances are USATF-certified.
15km Shamrock Challenge
A hilly 9.3-mile course through downtown Portland and the Terwilliger Hills. All 15km finishers will receive a free commemorative Shamrock bottle opener medallion at the finish line. This medallion is given only to 15km finishers.
8km Shamrock Race
A 4.97-mile run through downtown Portland
1km Leprechaun Lap
A 0.6-mile Run/Walk for Children 12 and under and their adult companions.
The route is out and back along SW Naito Parkway between the start/finish line at SW Pine Street and the turn-around point at NW Couch.
5km Shamrock Run
Open only to RUNNERS of all ages
A 3.1-mile course through downtown Portland
5km Shamrock Stride
Open only to WALKERS of all ages
A 3.1-mile fitness walk through the streets of Downtown Portland and on the same course as the 5k Shamrock Race.
Walkers are to line up behind the 5km runners.
STARTING PROCEDURE FOR ALL EVENTS
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.