Sunday, March 17, 2019 was my fifth time racing Shamrock 15k out of the 41 years that this event has been happening. I always love to run the 15k, as it’s a nice challenge in the hills of Portland that never leaves me disappointed.
My husband and I live about an hour south of Portland and arrived at the Riverfront about 45 minutes before race time at 8:55a. We had plenty of time to use the port-a-potties, and connect with a friend to get our race bibs. We had joined a “team” so we didn’t go to the race expo the day before. In years past, we have driven up early and went to the expo, but this year the schedule worked best to be on the team. Our bibs and shirts were mailed ahead of time to our “team leader” who made sure we got our race goods before the 15k started.
It was the most beautiful morning ever for Portland’s Shamrock race – the most beautiful morning I’ve ever ran Shamrock anyway. It was a perfect 41 degrees at 8:55 as the gun went off to race. It didn’t feel windy and there was no surprisingly no rain.
The 15k started and ended at the Waterfront Park by SW Oak and Naito Parkway including a nice section through the center of downtown Portland. The 15k includes the challenging, and scenic, Terwilliger hills. Going up the first part of Terwilliger is always very difficult, but it’s rewarding coming to the peak of the hill and getting to start going down. My favorite part of the 15k is flying down SW Natio into the finish line. After running the hills, this gentle downgrade makes me feel like I’m a bird, flying into downtown Portland to scores of onlookers. It’s what keeps me coming back every year!
After we crossed the finish line, we were given our finisher medal and a water. To the right of the finish line, along the riverfront, there were booths, vendors, and a big stage set up. Local bands were playing and people were making their way to the beer garden by Widmer Brothers Brewing. I walked around and talked to other runners I knew and tried the finisher soup and other samples. I stuck around longer than usual because the weather was just too perfect to leave!
Shamrock also offers a 5k, 8k, half marathon, 1k Leprechaun Lap and a 4 mile Stride walk. The two day event begins at the Oregon Convention Center with the Fitness Fair where participants can come pick up their bibs and race shirts. The Fitness Fair offers over 80 exhibitors, many contests and give-aways. Over 25,00 people attended the race and Fitness Fair.
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