9 New Things in 2019!

9 New Things in 2019!

Shamrock Run to feature 9 new things in 2019

Portland’s annual Shamrock Run will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2019

New in 2019: Finisher Medals for all distances. L-R: 5k/8k/Stride and Leprechaun Lap medal (white ribbon), 15k medal (green ribbon), half marathon medal (gold ribbon)

PORTLAND – February 20, 2019 – Its Oregon’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day tradition. An expected 20,000 runners will hit the pavement at the 41st annual Shamrock Run Portland on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The race is known as “Opening Day of Running Season in Portland,” showcasing kilts, bagpipes and miles of course entertainment along Portland’s scenic downtown waterfront.

“We take St. Patrick’s Day pretty seriously in Portland and for the past 40 years Portlanders have taken to the streets to celebrate at the Shamrock Run,” said Cristina Cooper, Event Manager. “Locals and visitors look forward to the Shamrock run all year – it’s one of our community’s most famous events packed with Irish music, fun and lots of green. Our team has been working to create a high-quality, well-managed experience for runners and we have a lot of new things happening in 2019.”

Here are 9 new features and enhancements for runners to look forward to before and after the race:

1 – It’s ON St. Patrick’s Day this year! – Only every so often do the calendars align and this year runners will take over Portland for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day celebration.


2 – Medals for Everyone – One thing is for certain, more medals than ever before will be handed out at the finish line in 2019. Whether it’s for motivation or bragging rights, every finisher will receive a medal at all distances.


Shamrock Run superhero cape for all Leprechaun Lap participants

3 – Superhero Capes for Superhero Runners – Children ages 10 and under  can become Shamrock finishers on race day by completing the Leprechaun Lap, a non-competitive, non-timed 1k fun run and all participants receive superhero capes.


4 – More Aid at the Aid Stations – Through new and expanded partnerships, runners can look forward to more on-course support in 2019. Each aid station will be fully stocked with water, nuun hydration, Power Crunch protein bars and Honey Stinger will feature a variety of flavors from its award-winning Energy Gel lineup. Not to mention those enthusiastic green-clad volunteers offering high-fives and encouragement to the finish line.

5 – Work out with other runners – Foot Traffic University’s weekly group training runs are fun way to train and get social with your running. The timing is perfect for participants in the 5k and 8k distances.

6 – Hot “Vegan” Soup at the Finish LineBob’s Red Mill is returning as the official soup sponsor. After crossing the finish line, escape the cold with a brand new (vegan) recipe in 2019 and it’s bound to be delicious.

7 – Get the race you train for – Thanks to a new partnership with RunDoyen, runners now have access to individualized training plans created exclusively for Shamrock. One of the most accomplished runners in U.S history, RunDoyen Coach Alan Webb will be onsite at the expo and start line on race morning.

8 – Double Dip the Distance – The Shamrock run offers a variety of distances and start times for anyone, including the opportunity to run the 5k and either the 15k or half-marathon. In 2019, Olympian Andrew Lemoncello of Scotland will attempt to break the tape in both the 5k and 15k races.  

9 – Run for Doernbecher – Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation is the event’s benefiting charity and over the past 22 years more than $550,000 has been fundraised for the hospital. All participants who create their own fundraising campaign will receive 15% off their 2019 registration and help raise critical funds for Doernbecher patients and families.

All of Shamrock’s race courses start in Waterfront Park along Naito Parkway and run through the center of downtown Portland. Participants enjoy the soothing rhythm of bagpipes, experience views of Portland’s landmark bridges and thousands of spectators cheering along the route; the atmosphere provides an incredible experience for participants of any level.

For more information or to register for Portland’s premier running event, please visit ShamrockRunPortland.com and follow @ShamrockPDX on Twitter.

About Shamrock Run Portland

Founded in 1979, the Shamrock Run Portland is the largest running and walking event in Oregon and will celebrate the 41st edition on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The Shamrock Run offers competitive races at variety of distances from 5k to a half-marathon, as well as the “Shamrock Stride” fitness walk and “Leprechaun Lap” kids race. Event weekend culminates with a finish line festival at Waterfront Park, including the Widmer Brothers Brewing beer garden, complimentary Irish Stew and an entertainment stage with performances from local musicians. Race weekend kicks-off with the Shamrock Run Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center on March 15 and 16 where participants pick up their race number. The Fitness Fair features more than 80 exhibitors, celebrities and mascots, contests and give-aways and a Leprechaun Lane area for kids. The primary beneficiary of the event is Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, which has been affiliated with Shamrock for the past 21 years. For more information or to register, visit ShamrockRunPortland.com or follow @ShamrockPDX on Twitter.

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The Tradition Continues March 15, 2020!
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From family fun, to the iconic beer garden, distances and routes for all abilities and even a two-day Fitness Fair. Shamrock has something for everyone…and all with an Irish flair!

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