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UPDATES FOR 2017:  The Shamrock Run will feature new routes for all distances!  We have been required by the City of Portland to redesign our courses because of severe police staffing limitations. 

Note that in 2017 the Shamrock Stride 4-Mile Walk will have its own route and will not follow a run course.

START LOCATION:  All events start at SW Naito Parkway and Pine, adjacent to Waterfront Park.  The 5k, 15k and Stride Walk start going south in the southbound lanes of Naito.  The Shamrock Half and 8k start going north in the northbound lanes of Naito.

FINISH LOCATIONS:  The finish line for these events will be at SW Yamhill and Naito:  5k Run, 15k, Half and Shamrock Stride Walk.  Participants will be finishing north in the northbound lanes of SW Naito.

The finish line for the 8k is at SW Stark and Naito running south in the southbound lanes.  

The finish line for the Blazers Leprechaun Lap is at SW Pine and Naito. 

All race distances are USATF-certified.

Start Time

Event Description

8:00 a.m.

SHAMROCK RUN 5K

Presented by Pacific Foods

Open only to RUNNERS (all ages permitted)

The new 5k route features these benefits:

  • A flatter and faster route along SW Naito
  • The first start time of the day for easier parking and start area access
  • Only 2 MAX/Streetcar crossings
  • Entirely out-and-back with more opportunities to wave to your friends
  • No congestion along the route with runners doing other distances
  • Only one turn, which is at the turn-around point
  • A finish line at SW Naito and Yamhill

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8:50 a.m.

shamrock 15k run start time

SHAMROCK 15K RUN 

A 9.3-mile course through downtown Portland and the Terwilliger Hills with some new benefits:

  • A flatter and faster course using SW Naito and Barbur Blvd
  • A southbound start to eliminate running out and back along NW Naito
  • Fewer turns and a creative way to reach the iconic Terwilliger Hills
  • Significantly less transit crossings – only 2
  • More downhill along SW Terwilliger

All 15km finishers will receive a free commemorative Shamrock bottle opener medallion as the exit the finish area. 

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9:20 a.m.

SHAMROCK HALF-MARATHON

The Shamrock Half-Marathon field is limited to 3000 runners. Register early!

The new Half features these benefits:

  • A flatter and faster course using SW Naito and Barbur Blvd
  • Incorporates the entire 15k route, as before
  • Fewer turns and a creative way to reach the iconic Terwilliger Hills
  • Significantly less transit crossings – only 2
  • More downhill along SW Terwilliger

All Half finishers will receive a free commemorative Shamrock bottle opener medallion as the exit the finish area

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 9:40 a.m.

leprechaun lap 1k start times

 BLAZERS LEPRECHAUN LAP 1K

Presented by the Trail Blazers

A 0.6-mile Run/Walk for Children 10 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.  Prizes at the finish line!

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10:10 a.m.

shamrock 8k run start time

SHAMROCK 8K RUN

The new 8k route for 2017 features these benefits:

  • A flatter and faster route along NW Naito/Front
  • No MAX, Streetcar or Tri-Met crossings
  • Entirely out-and-back with more opportunities to wave to your friends
  • No congestion along the route with runners doing other distances
  • Only one turn, which is at the turn-around point
  • A finish line at SW Naito and Stark near the start line at SW Pine

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10:30 a.m.

SHAMROCK STRIDE 4-MILE WALK

Open only to WALKERS (all ages permitted).  

A new, updated Shamrock Stride 4-mile walk will feature a scenic route along the Willamette River, across the Steel and Tilikum Bridges and along the RiverPlace Harbor.  Please check back for new course maps coming soon.

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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.