Celebrate Opening Day of running season and join the Shamrock Run field! The covered Widmer beer garden and hot Shamrock Irish potato soup awaits finishers amid the fun of vendors in the Park. Jam like the Irish and enjoy live music on stage while sharing your run story with friends.
Great setting and a lot of fun with the whole family!
I love running PDX, great environment and I love celebrating st pattys day!!
The Shamrock is a great cause, for the Children’s Hospital, but it has gotten so crowded! This year was so rainy and obviously that is no one’s fault, but I was pretty miserable. The past few years I haven’t even bothered getting the food and beer, because of lines. I think I will stick to smaller races. But the 15 K is a great run!
- Melanie reviewed 2 years ago
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I’ve run both the 15K and the 5K. I loved the 15K, even the challenging course. There were a lot of people, but since the race started earlier than the other events, the morning drive to the event, parking, and pre race went really smoothly. And it was the most delicious beer afterwards. The 5K was completely different. I wasn’t prepared for SO many people. Just get there early (very early) and make sure you find the correct spot in the corals for the time you want to run. I started too far back and was surrouded the entire time, weaving in and out around other runners and walkers. Definitely a fun atmosphere. I’ll just show up 2 hours earlier next time. 😉
- Erica Endicott reviewed 2 years ago
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Fun Race if you don’t mind walking a marathon from your parking spot to get to the starting line in time. Fun after party but the usually soggy weather and long lines for a tiny cup of chowder and a beer make it almost not worth the pain. Really fun course and lots of fun music but not my fav.
- Krisi Quayle reviewed 2 years ago
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… but the weather is historically bad for it! Carrying drenched shoes up pill hill is a beast, but the downhill on the end makes it all worthwhile. And beer, if you’re into that thing.
Ran the inaugural half marathon last year. It gets hilly during the middle of the course but you get to witness beautiful views of Willamette valley. Friendly volunteers and lots of cheerleaders along the course. Overall well organized event considering the fact that thousands of runners participate in this event.
Sometimes you just have a bad run, that’s reality. But, with the Shamrock ending in Kell’s giant tent each year there is no such thing as a bad Shamrock run I started with the 5k, and then moved up to the 8K, and skipped the 15K in order to run the inaugural Half Marathon last year. Hills….holy heck batman hills. And it’s not just Terwillager. The hill starts a couple of miles before you hit Terwillager. It is gradual, like boiling a frog in a pot. But, there is nothing quite like conquering the hills and floating down the back side and coasting into the finish line. Besides, this hallmark Portland race is for the kids in the children’s hospital. Costumes galore, everyone is in a good mood. Perfect strangers come out to cheer everyone on and join in the festivities. Besides the crazy big crowds….35,000 plus people…it is all good fun. Join a team to get extra discounts and bonus charity dollars! Oh, and Kell’s tent for food, beer, and after party is a must to complete the experience.
The Shamrock 8K is the “original” Shamrock. By this I mean, it is the distance which has been run since the inception of the race, and for me it was my 32nd Shamrock 8K, so when you read this review you can note that if I have run this race for 32 straight years, well the race must be doing something right.
This years race was another well-run (yes, that pun was intended) event. It started on time on the first wet day in quite some time with everyone lined up according to their pace. The start was smooth with several waves in the 8K and there were only limited issues involving overlap with runners from other races which affected those runners who were under 35 minutes. The overlap issue is one which is hard to mitigate due to the constraints imposed by the City in using the courses for the half-marathon and 15K and really only requires those slower runners in those two races to move to the right after the front runners pass by so as to minimize possible collisions between runners.
Over the years the Shamrock 8K has had a few different courses but all have utilized Waterfront Park and Naito Parkway to some degree. The current course is easier and faster than the previous ones which all climbed up Broadway and out Barbur Boulevard before finishing on Naito. The deep and fast times in this years 8K are testament to the ease of this new course.
Shamrock as whole is a great deal for a runner. Not only do you get an accurate course, you get a nice race expo, a technical shirt, fast and accurate race results, a great post-race concert plus free food and drink, and an ability up until the race to change your event and free race photos. It is arguably the best deal of any race in Portland.
If you are looking for an event to kick off your year in running you would be hard pressed to do better than any of the Shamrock races.
The Shamrock experience is always a good one. I have run the 5k for the last 3 years in a row and enjoyed it all three times. However, I probably won’t do it again. The race directors bill the 5k as a “run” and not “race,” so maybe that is why they do not pay too much attention to the finish. From mile 1.5 onward, the 5k runners are mixed into a sea of 8k runners. Which means for the last half of the race the lead 5k group is weaving in and out of slower 8k runners. It is pretty difficult to find a straight path and actually race it. It seems like an easy problem to solve – divide the road into two parts: 5k and 8k. Especially in the last 800 meters or so. Anyhow, it is always fun to be out there and participate, but I will either do one of the other events or skip it next year.
- Guest reviewed 3 years ago
I ran the 8k with a friend, and that’s how you should do the Shamrock — the crowds are HUGE, the music is booming, and if you’re a mid-pack runner, there’s thousands of people elbow-to-elbow with you so there’s no point in getting freaked out about your time. Bib pickup was smooth, but the shirt pickup was kind of a free-for-all. The lines for chowder and beer were loooong. But still fun. The free race photos are a great perk. All in all, a well-done event considering the sheer size of it.
This year (2015) I ran the 8k but in other years I raced the 15k and 5k. For being such a big race it is well organized in regards to the start and finish area and support areas but the races always seem to be difficult to navigate with the crowds. This year I was in the lead pack of women in the 8k and after the turnaround on Naito we were in traffic and all the way up Broadway. We had a path on the left side of the road but racers from other distances end up taking up much of the road not realizing we are coming through much faster. There is usually great competition at Shamrock though, a lot of the local sub elites come out and it makes for an exciting race. The hill up Broadway was longer and harder than I knew about! Overall a good positive experience. I was easily able to get a porta-pottie before the race and after I did a workout so didn’t imbibe but I hear there are lots of good post race treats. I almost forgot, they give you your photos for FREE! Who does that?!!! So nice.
I don’t know how they do it, but the organizers manage to have a smooth event for 35,000 people. The 5 and 8k runs are fast and flat, but very crowded — PRs may be challenging, but you’ll be having such a good time you won’t care. The 15k goes uphill, and then has some more uphill, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but as with the rest of the runs it’s well supported with water, electrolyte drink, and on the 15k/half they had Clif gels) and the crowds are cheerful. Plenty of porta-potties at start, but not sure if I saw any on the course. Half-marathoners get to tackle the hills in some of the hardest miles of a half marathon, so if you’re into self-punishment, sign up for that distance. Only complaint — the fast halfers and the 15k folks merged at one point, and the 15kers didn’t get over out of the way of the speedy half runners. I don’t know how to fix that kind of stupid, so maybe roping off the parts of the course that merge would be helpful.