CAN I CHANGE DISTANCES/EVENTS AFTER I HAVE REGISTERED?
Please note: all bibs for team members have already been printed, so if you are a team member and wish to change your distance, you will need to do so in person at the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center, Friday and Saturday, March 16-17. Per our event policy, individual (non-team) participants have the ability to change event distances until February 18, 2018 via your Active account (My Events at ACTIVE.com). If you have received your bib number, or if you want to change distances after February 18th, you must bring your bib number to the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center to make the change. Go to the Solutions table. There is no charge to move down in distance, but fees will be applied to move to a longer distance.
CAN I HAVE SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY BIB NUMBER AND T-SHIRT FOR ME?
Yes. Whoever you designate to pick up your bib number must do so at the Bib Number Pick-up area at the Shamrock Fitness Fair on March 16 and 17 at the Oregon Convention Center.
CAN I PICK-UP MY BIB ON RACE MORNING (3/18/18)?
No bib number/packet pick-up is available on Race Morning. If you are a team member, your Team Captain will have received all of the team’s packets to distribute before the event. If you are an individual, you must visit the Shamrock Fitness Fair a the Oregon Convention Center on Fri., March 16 or Sat., March 17 to pick-up your bib.
HOW DO I EXCHANGE MY T-SHIRT FOR A DIFFERENT SIZE?
Go the the T-shirt pick-up area at the adidas Shamrock Fitness Fair or take your shirt to Waterfront Park on Shamrock Sunday to the T-shirt canopy and make the exchange. But, we cannot guarantee that we will have the size shirt you want on Shamrock Sunday.
I REGISTERED, BUT HAVE LEARNED THAT I WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE. IS MY ENTRY FEE REFUNDABLE?
Sorry, but we will not issue a refund for entry fees. But, you may transfer your registration to another participant until February 18, 2018 via your Active.com account for the same distance/event for $25. If you would like to transfer your bib to someone else after 2/18/18, please contact us, or bring your bib number to the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center to make the change at the Solutions table.
CAN I TRANSFER MY ENTRY TO SOMEONE ELSE?
Yes, please see the preceding paragraph.
I’M NOT SURE I CAN RUN THE ENTIRE DISTANCE IN THE EVENT I ENTERED. CAN I SLOW DOWN OR WALK IF I NEED TO?
Yes. Running and walking to complete a distance is OK. In fact, mixing walking with running is a great way to improve your conditioning. Many Shamrock Run participants walk portions of the routes.
But, if you want to walk an entire distance, then you must enter the 5k Shamrock Stride. Walking the entire distance in the 5k, 8k, 15k or Shamrock Half is not permitted.
There is also a time limit in the the Shamrock Half. You must maintain a pace of at least 14 minutes per mile. You should not spend too much time walking the Shamrock Half.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CANNOT MAINTAIN A 14-MINUTE PER MILE PACE OR FASTER IN THE HALF?
You will need to get to SW Terwilliger and Hamilton Terrace by 11:40 AM for the Shamrock Half. That intersection is near the 9-mile mark. With a start time for the Half at 9:20 AM, you should make it running a 14-minute pace.
We are under a great deal of pressure from Portland Police and the Terwilliger neighborhood to get Terwilliger reopened to traffic by 12:00 Noon. So, if you don’t reach that intersection in time, a Portland Police officer will direct you to turn right onto Hamilton and go down the hill to SW Barbur where you can rejoin the route toward downtown.
This detour will result in shortening the course by about 3.7 miles. Sorry for having to strictly enforce the 14-minute per mile pace for the Shamrock Half, but it is one of the conditions of our permit with the City. Unfortunately, we do not allow early starts for any Shamrock distances because of safety concerns.
CAN I WEAR HEADPHONES ON THE COURSE AT SHAMROCK?
Yes. But, please stay alert. Although the streets are closed to vehicle traffic, sometimes emergency vehicles must get on or across the routes.
CAN I RUN WITH A BABY JOGGER OR STROLLER?
Running with a baby jogger or a stroller at Shamrock is NOT permitted. But, walking with a baby jogger or a stroller is allowed, although only in the Shamrock Stride.
CAN I RUN OR WALK WITH MY DOG AT SHAMROCK?
Shamrock Run is a very large community event for all ages. Please help us keep our participants, spectators, volunteers AND your pet safe and stress-free by leaving your pets at home on this Sunday morning (except for certified assistance dogs/animals).
WHERE CAN I STORE MY WARM-UPS DURING THE EVENT?
We will have a large canopy in Waterfront Park near The Morrison Bridge — identified as “Gear Check” — where participants can leave their warm-up clothing for safe-keeping during the event. Please do not check backpacks, keys, wallets, purses or other valuables, however. The gear check service is for warm-up clothing only and it is free. The event provides the bags for gear check.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “GUN” TIME AND A “NET” TIME?
A runner’s “gun” finish time is the elapsed time from when the starting horn sounds until the runner crosses the finish line. The time waiting and slowly moving forward to cross the start line is included in the runner’s official “gun” time.
A runner’s “net” finish time (or “chip” time) is the elapsed time from when the runner actually crosses the starting line to when the runner crosses the finish line. Time spent waiting to cross the starting line is NOT included in the runner’s official “net” time.
The Shamrock Run uses “gun” times for only the top five overall finishers in each race. For all other finishers, and for the purpose of determining the top three finishers in each age group, the Shamrock Run uses “net” or “chip” times.
IS THERE AN AWARD CATEGORY FOR RACE WALKING?
No, sorry. Although race walkers are permitted in all events at Shamrock, so long as they can maintain at least an average pace of 14:00 per mile, Shamrock does not offer a competitive race walking division at any distance.
CAN PEOPLE ON MY TEAM DO DIFFERENT EVENTS?
Yes. Team members can do any combination of events or distances. Some can do the 5k, others can do the Shamrock Half, the 15k or the 8k, and some can do the Shamrock Stride. It doesn’t matter.
GETTING TO THE EVENT
On race weekend, visit the Shamrock Fitness Fair at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. It’s accessible by car, streetcar, Light Rail and bus. On Sunday, plan to arrive in plenty of time for your event at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. If you can, plan to carpool, take Light Rail (it stops a block from the Park), utilize public transportation, walk, run or cycle to the event.
WEATHER IN MARCH
On race weekend, Shamrock weather is sometimes unpredictable. Watch the forecast and plan your run and attire accordingly. Shamrock will be held rain or shine.