We are almost into March so that means only a few short weeks left until the Shamrock Run Portland 2015 begins. The event turns 37 years old this year and it is the largest running event in Oregon and the second largest on the west coast with over 35,000 participants. To sum up the experience, its like a giant party where you make a ton of new friends, run a pretty challenging race, and then you continue the party well into the afternoon and beyond. Note, sign-ups are still available for every distance except the half. The date is March 15, 2015 so get on it!
The Shamrock has always had some interesting distances with their 15k and 8ks to go along with the traditional 5k, but this year is the first year where they are having a Half Marathon distance and the slots filled up almost instantly. The 8k and 5k are easy ones for most as its relatively flat and cruises through downtown portland. Lots of folks line the sidelines to cheer you on, so its a great first time race for most. The 15k and the Half are a challenge as there are some decent climbs as you approach the Terwilliger hills. So get those legs ready before hand! There is also a 1 mile Leprechaun Run for the little ones as well.
The swag is pretty cool as all racers get a shirt, free chowder, and a beer as part of the package, but 15k and Half Marathon finishers also get a custom medal. They do have an amazing Fitness Fair before the run so thats a don’t miss as it means tons of free goodies, discounts on other races, and much more. Little ones will love the fair as well as they get to spin for prizes, collect free water bottles, and marvel at all the possible race medals they can earn. Its a great way to introduce kids into running.
Note the start is crowded, toilets are at a premium as is bag storage, so plan accordingly. Talk to friends about where to group up afterwards (so you can hit the beer tents), take public transport and really only bring what you need and nothing more. Also, if its cold at the start bring old tops you want to donate and leave them roadside at the start, volunteers will be there to collect for donations to local shelters.
Looking forward to seeing everyone out there and make sure you wear your green!