Race Preview: Portland Shamrock Run 2020

If you’re ever feeling lonely and want a break from the usual Portland running routes, join 25,000 of your closest friends at the 42nd Annual Shamrock Run on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Wear a costume or your favorite green running clothes and choose from a variety of distance options including the Shamrock Stride (4-mile walk), Shamrock 5K, Shamrock 8K, Shamrock 15K and Half Marathon. And for the kiddos, there’s a 1K Leprechaun Lap.

The race for each distance starts at waterfront Park near Naito Parkway in downtown Portland.  The longer routes will have you running through downtown Portland up the scenic (and thigh-buster) Terwilliger Blvd where you will have to stop and take a self to celebrate your tenacity for getting up that hill. Because this is a popular event, it’s recommended you take public transit rather than drive as parking is limited. It’s also recommended you arrive at the race 40-60 minutes early and line up in the appropriate per-mile race pace assembly area.

All events are started with a release and hold system in groups of 500 to 1000 participants every 30 to 90 second to allow the field to spread out and minimize congestion along route, especially in the first mile.

The weather is always bad during the Shamrock Run so make sure to dress appropriately and enjoy the enthusiasm of your fellow runners and walkers at the after party.

Pick up your race bib and packet at Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center (Exhibit Hall A/A1) on either Friday, March 13th from 12-6PM or Saturday, March 14th from 10AM to 4PM. There will be over 60 vendors there to help you get into the running spirit and purchase any last-minute gear you might need.

The Shamrock Run is Portland’s most popular run and one every runner in the area should have on their bucket list.

What: 2020 Portland Shamrock Run Half/15K/8K/Shamrock Stride 4-Mile/1K Kids Leprechaun Lap

When: Sunday. March 15th, 2020. 5K starts at 8:00AM; 15K starts at 8:55AM; Half Marathon Starts at 9:20AM. The Leprechaun Lap starts at 9:40AM; 8K starts at 10:10AM; the Stride Starts at 10:30AM.

Where: Waterfront Park, Downtown Portland

Cost: $45.99 for the 5K & Shamrock Stride, $49.95 for the 8K, $59.95 for the 15K, and $89.95 for the Half. $17 per child (10 and under) for the Leprechaun Lap

Register: Here 

Packet Pick-Up: Fitness Fair is open Friday March 13th from 12-6PM and Saturday March 14th from 10AM to 4PM at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A/A1 (777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland.) All individual participants must pick up their t-shirts and bibs at the Shamrock Fitness Fair. There will be no Race Day packet pick-up.

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I get ideas. I write things. I sometimes follow through with those ideas. I also run long distances and live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband cat who lets us pay the mortgage on his house.
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