Shamrock Run Training Plans

customized for you and the race.

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Shamrock Run
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Shamrock Run course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific Shamrock Run goals.

  • Expert Training Plans

    expert plans

    Developed by certified coaches with time-tested results.

  • Runner Specific Training Plans

    Runner Specific

    We know you’re unique. Your training plan should match.

  • Race Specific Training Plans

    race Specific

    Race profile, time of year, and altitude all factor into our plans.

  • Affordable Training Plans


    Custom plans shouldn’t cost more than the race itself.


Founded in 1979, the Shamrock Run Portland is the largest running event in the state of Oregon. More than 20,000 participants gather on a Sunday near St. Patrick's Day to run a 5K, 8K, 15K, or half marathon. You don't need to rely on the luck of the Irish to get you to the finish line, though - Custom Training Plans can help you prepare with a customized Shamrock Run Portland training plan. Our Shamrock Run Portland training programs consider your current level of fitness, race goals, and the course itself to help you build the kind of cardiovascular strength and endurance you'll need.

Shamrock Run Training Plans

The Shamrock Half Marathon starts at Pine Street and runs north before returning south near Nicolai. The course continues south past Pine Street and then joins the Shamrock 15K route, climbing the Terwilliger incline up to OHSU and running through the Barbur Tunnel. Once runners reach mile 5.5, it’s all downhill to the finish in front of the cheering crowds at the Waterfront.

The Shamrock 5K and 8K routes skip the Terwilliger climb, and both are out-and-back courses starting at SW Pine and Naito Parkway on the Waterfront. The 8K runners will head north on Naito, passing the Burnside, Steel, Broadway, and Fremont Bridges before reversing course, and the 5K route returns to the finish after runners pass Tilikum Crossing. Both courses end on Naito Parkway in front of a cheering crowd.

Whether you’re taking part in the 5K, 8K, 15K, or half marathon, Custom Training Plans can help you get ready for the race you’re about to run. For example, our Shamrock Run Portland 15K training plans and Shamrock Run Portland half marathon training plans include hill training workouts to prepare you for the Terwilliger climb. Every CTP Shamrock Run Portland training plan, including Shamrock Run Portland 5K training plans and Shamrock Run Portland 8K training plans, incorporates workouts that are tailored to fit you, your goals, and the race. Choose CTP and experience the Custom Training Plans difference for yourself.

Here’s what you’ll receive in your plan package:

  • Daily Plans


  • Pace Chart

    Pace chart

  • Lift Workouts

    Lift workouts

  • Coaching Letter

    Letter from your coach

  • Mobility Workouts

    Mobility workouts

  • RPE Chart

    RPE chart

  • Running Podcast


  • Motivational Emails

    Weekly motivation email

How Training Plans Work

How it works

  1. Complete our proprietary runner questionnaire so we can get to know you better.
  2. Your custom Shamrock Run plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Shamrock Run training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Shamrock Run with confidence.

Our method

  1. Certified Coaches

    With the expertise of USATF certified coaches and physical therapists, we built an advanced model to weigh the effects of runner-specific variables on training outcomes.

  2. Custom Race Profile

    We analyzed unique characteristics of hundreds of races across the country to build a “race profile” into our model that accounts for elevation gain, altitude, time of year, and more.

  3. Training Plan Model

    Our model generates a unique training plan for you and your race, and all plans are reviewed by a coach and hand-tweaked before they make their way to you.