Race Preview: 2015 Shamrock Run 3/15/2015 (Portland, Oregon)

Note: The Inaugural Shamrock Half Marathon distance is sold out, the remaining distances have space available.

Really, I am certain I am the only runner in a 200 mile radius of Portland that has never participated in the Shamrock Run. One year I had signed up for it but was unable to actually run it. So – you better believe I am thrilled to get to participate in the Shamrock Run for 2015 which is only a month away now on Sunday, March 15!

New this year is the Shamrock Run half marathon which is is the event I will be participating in! I absolutely love inaugural events; I enjoy the organic nature of them – no one knows how an inaugural event (or distance) is going to go. How will it be perceived by participants? How difficult was it to plan for? Was there enough interest in the event from potential racers? So many variables at play, and it is exciting to be one of those variables (a race participant!).

Did you make some New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Make one of them “The Green Resolution”, and participate in the Shamrock Half (or 15k, 8k or 5k run/walk). The half marathon is almost sold out, and is capped at 2,500 participants! The Shamrock Run sells out every year, for all distances, so don’t wait too long to secure your spot at the start line!

Fellow Run Oregon Blogger, Geli, will be participating in this year’s event, too. Read her race preview, and note the upcoming price increase that she alerts readers about — that price increase occurs on January 15, 2015! Geli is able to offer Shamrock Run participants with a historical background of the events, as she completed her first Shamrock 15k in 2011.

So, being a complete newbie to the Shamrock Run, this is what I am especially thrilled about. First, the Shamrock Experience offers racers a huge array of perks: you receive an Adidas branded event shirt, 12 ounces of the fabulous Widmer Brothers beer (please bring your ID! 21+ only!), some Stanford’s Signature Smoked Salmon Chowder, and all 15k finisher receive the lovely 15k Shamrock medallion, and half marathon finishers will get a delightful inaugural half marathon medallion. I love medals, and I can not WAIT to see them this year!

Second, the Shamrock Run in Portland is a tradition, through and through, in the race community. The event was founded in 1979! This is the largest running/walking event in Oregon (wow!) and is the second largest to occur on the west coast. This race has officially sold out for the last 5 years, too! This is incredible! And, with 2015 hosting the inaugural half marathon distance, the half marathon is almost sold out already, as well! 2015 will be the 37th annual running of the race, and will have a participant cap of 35,000. There will be lots and lots of energy out there on the courses, and at the gorgeous Portland Waterfront, where all the events start and finish.

Third, there is another half marathon in town! I love half marathons, and always appreciate experiencing a brand new half marathon that I have never raced in. The Shamrock half marathon route will take races along the 15k course in entirety, and we will get treated to an additional 3.8 miles prior to taking on the 15k route. I’ve heard about the hills on the 15k route, and if you are like me and really enjoy a course that provides some challenge, this is going to be perfect!

Fourth, the beneficiary of the race is Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. Doernbecher will receive a portion of the net proceeds from the 2015 Shamrock Run. I love everything Doernbecher does and stands for. I really appreciate races that donate a portion of the proceeds to such excellent causes.

So – this newbie is ultra excited for the March 15, 2015 37th annual Shamrock Run in Portland! Who else is as excited as I am, and who is going to get registered quick before this event sells out for a 6th year in a row?! Get registered, and please join me at the Shamrock Run!

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Distance: Half marathon, 15k, 8k, 5k run or walk
Start Time: Staggered starts, with the first event beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: For registration on or after 1/15/15: The 5k/8k for adults $44; the 15k $54 for adults; the half marathon $85 for adults.
Register: Click here to register

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