Shamrock 8K

Days until: Race Weekend

Shamrock 8K

The Shamrock 8K is the perfect distance for those that want a little more of a challenge than a 5K but don’t want to run that hill. This fast and flat course annually produces some incredible times 

Event Details

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2024
Start Time: 10:10am
Distance: 4.97 Miles (runners or joggers only, no walkers)
Start Location: SW Naito Parkway & Pine St
Finish Location: SW Naito Parkway & Stark St

8K Packet Pick-up

Friday, March 15th
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Hall D

Saturday, March 16th
10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Hall D

Runner Perks

  • Shamrock-themed finisher medal
  • Premium event shirt
  • (1) complimentary beer at the Beer Garden
  • A bowl of hearty oatmeal provided by Bob’s Red Mill
  • Fully supported aid stations along the course
  • Finish-area refreshments

Event Information


There are multiple parking areas in Downtown Portland within walking distance of the start and finish lines of the Shamrock Run Portland.  Review the Parking page of our website for updated information.


There are aid stations at miles 1.4 and 3.2.  The aid stations will provide water and an Gatorade Lemon Lime.


Gear check will be located in a large tent in Waterfront Park near The Morrison Bridge — identified as “Gear Check”.  Participants can leave their warm-up clothing for safe-keeping during the event.

Gear Check will open to drop off bags at 7:00am and must be picked up no later than 12:30pm.  Please do not check backpacks, keys, wallets, purses or other valuables, however.  Gear is checked at your own risk.  The race is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged bags.

Clear, plastic, gear check bags will be available for pick-up at the Race Expo and on race morning at the Gear Check tent.


The course time limit for the 8K is 1:10.  All participants must maintain a 15 minute/mile pace when competing in the 8K to ensure they finish within the time limit.


The top male and female finisher in each age group will receive a commemorative item.  The age groups can be found below:

14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+


There is no age minimum to participate in the 8K, however, all participants must be runners or joggers.  Those that wish to walk should register for the Stride Walk event.

Event Shirt

Finisher Medal


This out-and-back course is fast and flat. Starting at SW Pine and Naito, 8K runners will head north on Naito, passing the Burnside, Steel, Broadway, and Fremont Bridges as they transition onto NW Front Avenue. Participants continue along the Willamette River before reaching the turn around just south of NW 26th. The 8K finishes at SW Stark and Naito, just across from the Morrison Bridge and a few steps from the finish line festival.