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Ringing in the New Year by bringing on the 2017 Shamrock Run Portland

The largest running and walking event in Oregon is back for its 39th year!


Full transparency – I haven’t been a very good runner the past 45 days or so. The increase in holiday feasts and parties, as well as colder and wetter temperatures, has had the direct inverse relation to my running and overall healthy living. Add in a new member to my family (which comes with a lot of sleepless nights and exhausting days), and it really should come as no surprise that I’m not super happy with the way I feel right now.

But the dawning of a new year comes the renewal of resolutions, and I have always found that January 1st is a fantastic starting point to recommit to getting back into the swing of things. While my 2017 resolutions are going to be more geared towards limiting my expectations of personal perfection and  significantly cutting back on my technology usage (besides Run Oregon of course), I will still have running goals. Though I have (and will) run races in the first few months of the year, I think most people, myself included, view the Portland Shamrock Run as the unofficial kick-off to running season in Oregon. It has been a staple in downtown PDX for 39 years now, and comes with all the fanfare and excitement (and crowds) that can really energize runners leading into Spring racing season.

That is why I am making the Shamrock Run my first real benchmark race of 2017. My running over the first 2.5 months of the year will be in an attempt to run the half marathon in a successful manner (i.e. not labored). The time doesn’t concern me as much as the ability to feel good in doing so.

While the event is large and that does deter some from participating, I think the size of the event speaks to the enormous community camaraderie, and its 39 year history is what makes it a local tradition in Portland that many look forward to year after year. I have “only” ran Shamrock about 4 times in my life, but I have never once left feeling disappointed. Even with last year’s ridiculous monsoon, I was still satisfied on the inside (though I may have left soaked to the core).

I will be posting some updates about the Shamrock Run leading up to race day on March 19th, as well as some personal posts as to how things are progressing for me. We may even ask some of our bloggers relay their favorite memories for Shamrocks’ past. Until then, read on for the basic details of this year’s event. I hope to see you out there in 2017!

Shamrock Run

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Waterfront Park, Portland, OR
Start Times:

  • 5k – 8:00am
  • 15k – 8:50am
  • Half – 9:20am
  • 1k – 9:40am
  • 8k – 10:10am
  • 5k walk – 10:30am

Registration: Online here or Mail-In

Registration cost before Jan 15:

  • 5k & 8k – $39 Adults ($15 children 12 and under)
  • 15k – $49
  • Half Marathon – $85

Registration includes:

  • Adidas race shirt
  • Cup of Irish Potato Soup made with Pacific Foods products
  • 12 oz. Widmer Brothers beer (for ages 21 and up)
  • Medals for 15k and half marathon finishers

Sign up as a team to save $5 per person.
Prices increase by $5 ($10 for the half) on January 15th

Packet Pickup:

  • Oregon Convention Center
    • March 17, 11am-7pm
    • March 18, 9am-3pm
    • Day of race starting at 6:30am
About Matt Rasmussen (1181 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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