The Portland Shamrock Run, the unofficial kick-off to running season in Oregon, comes with memories from those who have participated before. For me, my memories include waking up super early to drive up from Salem, find parking, and get ready for the early start times typically in the 7am hour for the longer distances. For anyone who has done the 15k and the relatively new half marathon, your memories probably include the big climb up Terwilliger, followed by the long downhill down Barbur Blvd. Well, read on for some changes!
Shamrock Run has been required by the City of Portland to redesign their courses because of severe police staffing limitations. In 2017, the 5k course and 8k course will both be 0ut-and-back and will NOT be run through downtown. The 5k will head SOUTH on Naito before turning around just after the I-405 overpass. The 8k will head NORTH on Naito and Front streets and turn around just shy of NW 26th. While it’s a bummer for those who like running through the downtown skyrises, remember that the changes appear to be out of Shamrock’s hands due to the request of the city.
The 15k course and half marathon 15k and half marathon will also not be going through downtown any longer. These longer distances will actually reverse their courses, with the 15 heading south and climbing UP Barbur right off the bat, then cruising down the Terwilliger Hills. The half marathon will start heading north on Naito and Front, before returning to the Waterfront and following the same 15k route (up Barbur, down Terwilliger).
Even with these changes, there are some additions, like Shamrock promising more water stations and port-a-potties (maps have not yet been updated with locations as of this writing). I would also imagine that this will signficantly ease the gridlock mayhem that accompanies the Shamrock Run. There are so many downtown street closures and re-routing, that it can be a nightmare to get out of the city. This should really make the pre-and post-race travel so much better.
In addition to the course changes, the times have also been altered – pushing them back significantly across the board, especially for the longer distances. The new times can be seen below, but the 5k run is now the earliest race (8am) and the 15k and half marathons don’t start til around 9am. The 8k and the Shamrock Stride 5k walk (which will have it’s own course and not follow the 5k route) won’t start until the 10am hour.
When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Waterfront Park, Portland, OR
- 5k – 8:00am
- 15k – 8:50am
- Half – 9:20am
- 1k – 9:40am
- 8k – 10:10am
- 5k walk – 10:30am
Registration cost before Jan 15:
- 5k & 8k – $39 Adults ($15 children 12 and under)
- 15k – $49
- Half Marathon – $85
- Adidas race shirt
- Cup of salmon chowder
- 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
- Oregon Convention Center
- March 17, 11am-7pm
- March 18, 9am-3pm
- Day of race starting at 6:30am