Shamrock Hill Run is March 16!

Shamrock Hill Run is March 16!

One of Roanoke’s most beloved – and luckiest! – races returns this St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the Shamrock Hill Run!

Coming back to “The Hill” on Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m., our 5K (and 1-miler) gives you a healthy, fun start to all of Roanoke’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.


Registration through March 4 is $20. Registration after March 4 is $25. Race shirts are guaranteed for all who register by March 4, though we will do our best to accommodate all registrations. 

Both the 5K and fun run will start and end at Roanoke Catholic, and feature an all-new route that winds its way through Gainsboro and Lick Run Greenway. Chip-timing will be provided by Run Roanoke.

Medals will be awarded in all men’s and women’s age groups, along with special prizes to the best St. Patrick’s Day costumes following the race at the Celtic-themed awards ceremony in Roanoke Catholic’s Gillespie Family Gymnasium. Participants as well as the general public are invited.

Questions? Email [email protected].

For 30 years the Shamrock Hill Run served as one of the first races of the year – a beloved tradition for all ages and abilities – until the pandemic cancelled it in 2020. In more recent years, Roanoke Catholic has hosted the ever popular Celtic Fest on the Hill as the family friendly, all-things-Celtic celebration following the downtown Roanoke St. Patrick’s day parade. For 2024 however, we are returning to the longstanding tradition of the Shamrock Hill Run in the hopes that next year we can combine both new and old traditions.

“As a school founded 135 years ago this year by families of Irish and Scottish immigrants, Roanoke Catholic has always cherished St. Patrick’s Day,” says Megan Potter, interim head of school. “We’re thrilled to bring back this iconic event for the region.”

All proceeds benefit Roanoke Catholic School. Please join us in thanking – and supporting – our sponsors!

Check out our new WSLS commercial about our Shamrock Hill 5K & 1-Miler. Please join us in thanking Misty Lenk of Lenk Orthodontics for her generous sponsorship support of the race on March 16th!


Presenting Sponsor



Shamrock Supporters

Outdoor Trails (Kathy Futrell) • Matt and Jenn O’Herron • Joe and Nina Sweeney • Buzz4Good (Michael Hemphill) • Muneris Benefits (Burman Clark) • P.J. and Julie Whalen • Al and Cathy Connelly • Goodhue Boat Company (Scott Schlesser) • Fleet Feet Roanoke