Come celebrate with us as we bring the Luck of the Irish to over 28,000 runners in Virginia Beach, Virginia on St Patrick’s Day weekend. The event features races and challenges to accommodate all ages and skill levels. Enjoy our flat, fast and scenic courses along the beautiful oceanfront and recover at our huge post race parties that will feature live entertainment, ice cold Yuengling beer and much more. This will be a St. Paddy’s Day you will never forget.
Online registration will close on March 11th at 11:59PM EST. We will have registration open at the Expo / Packet-Pick-up for the races that are not sold out.
The Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon is now SOLD OUT. Please see the registration page for entry options.
- 28,000 Runners
- Yuengling Beer (over 21 only)
- Murphy’s Irish Stew
- 2 Day Sports & Fitness Expo
- Speaker Series at Expo
- Course Entertainment
- Post Race Bands
- Boston Qualifier
- Walker Friendly
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend Final Instructions
Please click here to review the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend Final Instructions that will have you all ready to go on race day.
How to Survive Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend Race Clinic
Were you unable to attend the race clinic on How to Survive Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend? No problem. Click here to receive a copy of what all of the participants received. See you in a few weeks!! ShamRockOn!!
The 2014 Elite for a Day
We are so excited to introduce you to Courtney McDonough of Virginia Beach, our 2014 TowneBank Shamrock 8K Elite for a Day. Courtney will take on the TowneBank Shamrock 8K on March 15, 2014, but will be given a head start based on her predicted finish time and past performances. If she can reach the finish line first, she will claim a $1,000 prize! All other runners start at the regularly scheduled time. Should someone in the field overtake Courtney and get to the finish line first, he or she will receive the $1,000 Challenge prize AND the 8k champion’s purse
After relocating to Hampton Roads with her husband in late 2005, the 2006 Shamrock 8k was Courtney’s first introduction to J&A Racing events. Since then, she has completed the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon and Dolphin Challenge, the Anthem Wicked 10K, the Bon Secours In Motion Virginia is for Lovers 14k, and she will be running in her 8th TowneBank Shamrock 8K this year!
Running has become so much more than a mode of exercise for Courtney over the years. It has allowed her to make and strengthen friendships, release stress, and give her a great excuse to travel! When she is not running, she has the pleasure of working as a Certified Athletic Trainer for the United States Navy, and she enjoys spending time with her very supportive and loving husband, Mike, and two amazing sons Connor and Patrick, who are always at her races cheering her on!
Whale Challenge Update
If you would like to take on the Whale Challenge this year you must register for the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and the TowneBank 8k by this Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM to be a part of the 2014 Whale Challenge. After that time, you may still run both distances if you choose, however you will not officially be a part of the Whale Challenge and will not receive the Whale Challenge medal.
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend Band Line-Up
Get ready to celebrate your finish at the Murphy’s Finish Line Celebration and rock out to this awesome line up.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:30-12:00pm Borderline Crazy
Sunday, March 16, 2014
9:00-11:00am The Riverboys
11:30-1:30pm Dublin 5
2:00-4:00pm The Deloreans.
The Dolphin Challenge is Sold Out
The Dolphin Challenge is now sold out. If you did not register for the Anthem Half Marathon and the TowneBank 8k before February 11th at midnight, you will not be a part of the 2014 Dolphin Challenge. You may still run both distances if you choose, however you will not officially be a part of the Dolphin Challenge and will not receive the Dolphin Challenge medal. The Dolphin Challenge was limited to the first 1000 registrants.
2013 Richard T. Schoonover II Memorial Scholarship Application
J&A Racing is now accepting applications for the 2014 Rick “Schoonie” Schoonover Memorial Scholarship, a $2,500 education grant which will be awarded to a local High School senior during the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. Applications must be received by February 15. For eligibility requirements and an application, Click here.
Beat the Rate Increase on January 1st
Join us for the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend March 14-16th. Beat the rate increase on January 1st and sign up today. Each year the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon sells out in mid-December, so don’t delay registering! Scroll down to see participant perks.
Whale / Dolphin Challenge Participants Will Receive Medals This Year
Feeling extra energetic this year? Then the Whale or Dolphin Challenge might be for you! Whale Challenge participants run the TowneBank Shamrock 8k on Saturday, March 15th, and then the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon on Sunday, March 16th. All Whale Challenge finishers will receive a Whale Challenge medal at the event in recognition of their special achievement. Limited to 250 participants. Dolphin Challenge participants still run the TowneBank Shamrock 8k on Saturday, March 15th, but then run the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon on Sunday, March 16th. Dolphin Challenge finishers will receive a challenge medal at the event to recognize their Dolphin Challenge achievement. Limited to 1,000 participants. Be-bold and go for the extra bling–take the challenge!
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The Big Reveal
Check out the 2014 finisher beach towel that all full and half marathon participants will receive after crossing the finish line.