Shamrock Run Portland
March 16, Portland, Ore.
The Shamrock Run Portland is the second largest running event on the West Coast, behind only the famed Bloomsday run in Spokane, Wash. With approximately 35,000 participants running the 5K, 8K and 15K, the Shamrock Run, which starts at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, has sold out the past four years. You’ll be part of a sea of green, with participants sporting green T-shirts, tutus, sparkly headbands, mohawks and more. The race also offers a 1K “Leprechaun Lap” for those runners 10 and younger. The two-day Shamrock Run Fitness Fair offers exhibitors, contests, music, Irish dancers and a Leprechaun Lane kids area — and look for the finish-line beer garden to embrace the full luck-of-the-Irish experience.
Mercer Island Half Marathon
March 23, Mercer Island, Wash.
Dedicated to preventing colon cancer, the Mercer Island Half Marathon donates all proceeds to deserving groups, such as Get Your Rear in Gear, the National Colon Cancer Coalition, and Washington Colon Cancer S.T.A.R.S. In addition to the half marathon distance, the race also offers a 10K, 5K and half-mile kids dash. The event honors Susie Lindquist Mjelde, who died of colon cancer in 2002.
The Slime Run
April 5, Seattle
Add the Slime Run to the list of races that are cashing in on the fun-run craze. With several “slime zones” and obstacles, the Slime Run is part of a 13-race series across the country, with the Seattle run kicking off the tour next month. Participate and who knows — you may just be able to fulfill those childhood dreams inspired by Nickelodeon.