about the Kirkland shamrock run

Due to many factors we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Kirkland Shamrock Run. 

The Kirkland Shamrock Run is a fun-filled road race celebrating Kirkland, healthy living, and of course St. Patrick’s Day!  Benefiting local non-profits, this event has become a tradition for many area residents. Be sure to join the post-race party at Wilde Rover for a pint! 

As always dogs are welcome, and there is a special doggy registration add-on available for your favorite canine complete with their own swag.

The Kirkland Shamrock Run takes place on land historically inhabited by the following Native American tribes:

Coast Salish
dxʷdəwʔabš Duwamish

Environmentally Responsible Racing

Save a Tee Plant a Tree

Trees not Tees help events reduce their environmental impact with one simple strategy – offering participants the choice of turning down a free race tee and planting a tree instead.

Orca Running is partnering with Trees not Tees to help reduce the huge number of unwanted and unworn finisher’s tees produced each year and destined to become landfill.

After the event, participants who selected the option to have a tree planted receive a photo and GPS coordinates of their tree’s location.


Wondering about shirt sizing? Click here.

registration prices



Please note that all registrations are non-refundable. Be sure to review our race policies

Prices do not include processing fees. Online pre-registration closes the day before the race at 8:00pm.

If you’re planning on doing multiple Orca Running races in a year, consider using our Bundle and Save!

race info

The course

Start/Finish Line Location:

Marina Park — 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland WA, 98033

The 5K course runs through beautiful downtown Kirkland


We will have age group and overall awards! Overall awards are for the top 3 male and female finishers. Age group awards are for the top 3 finishers in each age group. Age groups are in increments of 5 years. 


Start Line Parking: There is lots of street parking in downtown Kirkland. Please follow all posted signs. 


We have a clear set of policies that we uniformly follow for all races. Entries are not refundable, but you can defer your entry, transfer it to another race, or transfer it to another participant. You can review our full set of policies here.

Charity Partner

Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties; providing stability and helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to exit poverty for good.

Packet Pickup




Saturday, March 12th: CANCELLED



Q: How can I confirm that I am signed up?

The best thing to check first is to look in your email inbox for a confirmation email from RunSignUp for the race in question. You can also look up your registration in your RunSignUp account by logging into your account then go to your “Profile” page where you can view your current registrations under Upcoming Events.  Click HERE for more information on accessing a registration in RunSignUp.

Q: How can I confirm what shirt size I ordered?

A: Your t-shirt size that you selected appears on your confirmation email.  If you did not receive your confirmation email, try checking your spam folder.

Q: I cannot participate! What are my options?

A: Please check out our refund/transfer policy by clicking here.

Q: I cannot participate, but I would still like to pick up my swag. Can I pick it up?

A: Yes. You can send a friend or family member to get your swag.

Q: Are walkers welcome?

A: Absolutely yes!

Q: What time does the course close?

A: The course closes at 10:30am. 

Q: Will there be porta-potties at the start/finish? What about out on the course?

A: Yes, there are portable restrooms at the start/finish, but not on the course.

Q: When does online registration close?

A: Online registration will close on March 10th.

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?

A: Absolutely!

Are dogs welcome?

Yes!  You can register your four-legged friend to participate with you and they will receive their very own pup-tacular race swag with their paid registration.

Are strollers welcome?

Strollers are allowed. The parent/guardian who is going to push the stroller should, when registering for the race, indicate as such and agree to abide by our stroller policy.


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