by: L.E. BASKOW, 
The ninth annual Urban Iditarod takes place on March 13 encompassing nearly 5 miles of terrain, with costumed teams leading shopping carts through downtown Portland.


Shamrock Run

The 32nd annual Shamrock Run, which will sport a capacity of 21,000 runners, will take place Sunday, March 14, based at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

Races of 5 kilometers, 8 kilometers and 15 kilometers will be contested, and the event includes a 3.25-mile 'Shamrock Stride' fitness walk and a 1-mile 'Leprechaun Lap' walk for kids 12 years old and younger.

Organizers expected the race to be full, almost two weeks ahead of entry deadline of March 11. 'Procrastinators may find themselves on the sidelines for what many recognize as the official start of the Portland running race season,' race director Steve Hamilton says.

Interested runners or spectators should still check for information. The day's events get started at 6:30 a.m.


Urban Iditarod

A Portland-centric event will be held Saturday, March 13, in downtown - it's the ninth annual Urban Iditarod. And, it's also full.

About 100, five-person teams - including a musher and four 'dogs' will be entered. The zany racers will be powering their shopping carts around downtown. The races are expected to get going at noon from the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge.

For more information, go to Interestingly, among the rules: 'Barking is required, (butt) sniffing is encouraged. … It is the musher's responsibility to ensure the dogs are well watered. … Dogs may run free in the rest areas.'


Windells camp

Windells is offering an 'Oregonian Only' discount for its week-long spring break snowboarding camps. Oregonians who have season passes at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows will get up to a $250 discount for the camp; a $100 discount if you have a season pass to either one.

The camps: March 20-26, March 27-April 2, April 3-10. Go to for more info.



The Cedar Milers Volkssport will be putting on its St. Patrick's Day volkswalk Saturday, March 20.

It starts and finishes at the McMenamin's Riverwood Pub, 8136, S.W. Hall Blvd., in Beaverton, and the trail goes along the Fanno Creek/Greenway Path, either five or 10 kilometers.

Participants can start between 8 to 10 a.m., and finish by 4 p.m.

It's a free walk. There will be a riddle to solve and Cedar Milers are collecting teddy bears for the Washington County Sheriff's Buddy Bear Program. Go to for info.

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