The Portland Shamrock Fitness Fair is coming this weekend, March 15th through 17th. The event culminates in several footraces: 5k, 8k, 15k, and half marathon, plus a 1k lap for the kids and a 4-mile walk for all ages. Portland is a gorgeous running location: a fusion of cultural and artistic architecture split by the Willamette River. Each race takes a different route between the memorable landmarks of the eclectic city.
The Bellingham Bay Marathon is excited to host a booth at the fitness fair – be sure to stop by for early bird registration for this year’s September 29th race along Bellingham Bay. Visit the Bellingham Basecamp table for a discount code and the chance to win free entry into your choice of Bellingham Bay Marathon race (5k, 10k, half marathon, or full marathon).
Race Through Portland in 2019
Shamrock Run Portland, March 17th 2019
The Shamrock Run, ranging from the Shamrock Stride to the Half Marathon, is coming this Sunday, March 17th, 2019. Participants are encouraged to show their lucky Leprechaun spirit and enjoy a lucky break. Registration is still open, so grab your spot in the race of your choice.
Each Shamrock race runs along a sector of the Willamette River. The half marathon starts north of downtown and makes a loop through gorgeous Terwilliger Boulevard Parkway. The mellow Shamrock Stride crosses the Willamette River, letting participants wave to each other from either side. All other races take a straight path somewhere along the scenic river.
The perfect running weather is expected this Sunday: a cool 64°F (45°C) day with partial cloud cover protecting participants from the glare of the sun. Experts recommend wearing one or two layers depending on personal preference. An exact fit (not tight or loose) helps to prevent chafing and sweat-wicking clothes protect your skin from rashes. Most importantly, running clothes should be comfortable – be sure to wear familiar clothes that have already been broken in. Consider mixing in a little green for St. Patrick’s Day spirit, but not at the expense of comfort.
Portland PDX Marathon, Planned for October 6th 2019
After the former director was found borrowing money from the organization, the Portland Marathon, a popular Boston Marathon qualifier, was put in jeopardy in 2018. The race was saved thanks to Run with Paula, owned by Paula and Dave Harkin, but in 2019 the race went up for auction.
As of January 30th, the Portland Marathon is under the management of Brooksee, a rigorous training program that recently appeared on the radar. The official race date has been announced as October 6th, 2019, but so far no other information has been released.
Traditionally, the Portland Marathon features a race along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The path historically overlaps itself, beginning and ending at the Portland World Trade Center. While specific route information is not yet available for the 2019 race, it will most likely include a full marathon, half marathon, and at least two shorter races.
Please note, the 2019 Portland PDX marathon is not guaranteed to happen. Have your heart set on a PNW race? The Bellingham Bay Marathon is one of the most beautiful routes in America. Offering 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon relay, and full marathon, each race runs along the water and passes through the young town of Bellingham and onto the South Bay Trail, a pedestrian pier over the water. Runners come from all over the world to enjoy a race surrounded by nature, away from the hype of a big city race.
For those competitive runners, Bellingham Bay Marathon is also a Boston Marathon qualifying race. Since the 2019 Portland Marathon is still indeterminate, consider joining us at the Bellingham Bay Marathon on September 29th, 2019. Early bird registration is live now!