Shamrock's Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I get for my entry fee?
All Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon participants receive a high quality technical shirt; all Shamrock 8k, Operation Smile Final Mile, and Leprechaun Dash participants receive a cotton t-shirt. All participants receive a goody bag, commemorative medal, parchment certificate (marathon, half marathon, and Operation Smile final mile only), free refreshments at the finish line tent, and a post race party you'll never forget! Plus, everyone receives free entry into the Sports and Fitness Expo race weekend. Be sure to bring your race number with you into the post-race party celebration as it is your ticket for beer (21 and over) and food.
2. Is the Shamrock Marathon a Boston Qualifier?
Yes, the 2014 Shamrock Marathon is a qualifier for the 2015 Boston Marathon (per the Boston Marathon, the qualifying window for the 2015 Boston Marathon begins in September 2013.)
3. How can I sign up for the events?
Register online now.
4. What is the Whale and Dolphin Challenge?
The Whale and Dolphin Challenge is for those runners who run the 8k on Saturday as a preliminary event to their Sunday half marathon or marathon run. Runners that complete both events will be mailed a commemorative whale or dolphin pin to recognize their accomplishment. To register for the Dolphin Challenge (8k and Half Marathon) or Whale Challenge (8k and Marathon), you must register for each race separately. You can add another registration to your cart before completely checking out.
5. Does the marathon and half marathon have pace groups?
Yes, complete information about the pace groups is available on the Pacers Page .
6. How can I check if I'm registered?
You can click here to see if you're registered.
7. Can I transfer from one race to another? Example: 8k to half marathon?
Yes, you can transfer races on your own from the registration rules page. If you are transferring to a higher entry fee race, you are responsible for the difference in fees. If you are transferring to a lower entry fee race, you will not receive a refund. Starting in mid-February there will be a transfer fee of $25.00 in addition to the change in entry fee. You cannot transfer to a race that has reached its participant limit.
8. What are the time limits for the races? Are they walker friendly?
Walkers are welcome in all the races. The time limit for the marathon is 7 hours, the Anthem half marathon is 4 hours, and the Shamrock 8k is 2 hours.
9. Where can I find a course map?
You can view the course maps here
10. What will the weather be like in Virginia Beach during March?
Virginia Beach is known for its moderate climate. In March, you can expect an average high of 58 degrees and an average low of 40 degrees.
11. What can I do before and after the race?
There are many fun things to do in Virginia Beach during race weekend. In addition, you are invited to attend the two day Sports & Fitness Expo .
12. Will I receive a refund if I cannot attend?
There are absolutely no refunds, no exceptions.
13. Are baby joggers, strollers or pets allowed during the race?
If you choose to run with a baby jogger, you must seed yourself in the last corral--behind all other runners. It is your responsibility to make sure your baby jogger does not impede other runners, and you must take extra precaution to ensure your safety, your child's safety, and the safety of the runners around you. We reserve the right to pull any participant from the race who is endangering other runners or themselves. Pets are not permitted in any of the Shamrock weekend races.
14. Are headphones (iPods, mp3 players, etc) allowed during the race?
Headphones are allowed for any runner who is not competing for a cash prize. However, we do strongly encourage that participants abstain from using headphones during the race.
15. What are the age requirements for the Shamrock races?
Marathon: at least 16 years old
Anthem Half Marathon: at least 12 years old
Shamrock 8k: No requirement
8k Middle School Challenge: Middle School Students
Operation Smile Final Mile: Elementary School Students
Leprechaun Dash: 6 months-5 years old
16. Can I transfer my registration to another runner?
No. J & A Racing Inc. has a no transfer policy. It is imperative that the registration data associated with your race number does in fact belong to you, the participant. If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent J & A Racing Inc. events for a minimum of two years.
Minimum Two-Year Event Ban for Unauthorized Runners
Our past races have been marred by numerous participants running under the guise of someone else's race number. While this may seem harmless to the parties perpetrating the unauthorized bib transfer, it does convey serious consequences to the organizers and participant field alike.
From race results to finishers' awards being impacted as well as medical staff being able to correctly identify participants in need of treatment, it is imperative that the registration data associated with your race number does in fact belong to you, the participant.
Thus, if race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in one of our events with a bib that is not registered to that runner, both the runner and the person to whom the bib is registered will be prohibited from participating in subsequent J & A Racing events for a minimum of two years.
17. Can I defer my entry?
Yes, if you are unable to attend the 2013 Yuengling Marathon, Anthem Half Marathon or Shamrock 8K you can defer your registration to the 2014 event. The deadline to defer to the 2015 event is March 11 at 11:59 pm. Click Here for more information on deferrals.
Expo/Packet Pick Up:
18. How will I receive my race packet?
Race packets can be picked up at the Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Friday March 14th between 12:00-9:00 pm or on Saturday March 15th between 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please note that you must have your packet to race. If you are racing on Saturday, you must pick up your packet on Friday. No exceptions! If you are 16 or older, you must have your ID to pick up your race number - NO EXCEPTIONS.
19. Can I pick up my race packet on race day?
No, you must pick up your packet on the day before your event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center during the Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo. No exceptions!
20. Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes. If you are unable to pick up your own race packet, you may authorize another person to pick up your packet/bib number. The authorized individual MUST have their own photo ID, a signed and printed authorization form, and a copy of the participant's photo ID. The signed authorization form MUST be printed, we will NOT accept any authorization via phone, text message, or any other electronic device. The copy of the photo ID may be via text, email, or photo copy. NO EXCEPTIONS! If the authorized individual is missing any of these items, we will not release the packet/bib number, NO EXCEPTIONS. AUTHORIZATION FORM HERE.
21. What if I cannot pick up my packet during the Expo hours and I do not have someone else that can pick it up for me?
You can sign up for our goody bag drop off option. For a fee of $30, we will drop off your race number, t-shirt and goody bag at your hotel. This is for Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotels only. If you are participating in a Saturday race, we will drop the packet off on Friday evening at the hotel front desk. If you are participating in a Sunday race, we will drop the packet off on Saturday evening at the hotel front desk. The deadline to register for this is Friday March 15th at 9 am. Click here to sign up for the goody bag drop off.
22. Where is the Virginia Beach Convention Center?
In Virginia Beach at 1000 19th Street, take I-264 to exit #22/Birdneck Road and follow the signs.
23. Can I register on race day?
No, the last chance to register is the day before your event during the Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo. You can only register for a race that is not sold out.
24. Do you take credit cards for registration at the Convention Center on Friday and Saturday?
No, we only accept cash and checks for registration at the Shamrock Sports & Fitness expo.
25. Are the races corralled?
The Yuengling Marathon, Anthem Half Marathon, Shamrock 8k, and Operation Smile Final Mile use corrals. The Yuengling Marathon, Anthem Half Marathon, and Shamrock 8k corrals are based on time.
26. Can I switch corrals?
You may switch to a slower corral without making a change. If you wish to move to a faster corral, you must go to the information booth at the Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo.
27. Where can we park for the races?
We encourage you to arrive early! Parking is available in the city lots of 19th and 25th streets and Pacific Avenue. There is also plenty of street parking in the area. The drop off is at Laskin Road between Pacific and Arctic. You will not be able to park directly at the start, so if you are staying in a local hotel, we encourage you to walk to the start. Check here for a parking map.
28. Can I run with my child during the Operation Smile Final Mile?
We strongly discourage parents from running with their children during the Operation Smile Final Mile. We have close to 4,500 elementary students participating in the race. We encourage parents to watch the start and head to the finish line to get pictures at the finish!
29. What are the event start times?
Saturday March 15, 2014
Shamrock 8k: 7:45 am
Leprechaun Dash: 10:30 am
Operation Smile Final Mile: 11:00 am
Sunday March 16, 2014
Anthem Half Marathon: 7:00 am
Marathon: 8:30 am
30. What sports drinks and gels are available on the course?
Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor) will be available at each aid station for the marathon and half marathon. You can find out more about Gatorade endurance at http://www.enduranceformula.com. Carb-Boom energy gel will be distributed on the course (flavors include: Apple Cinnamon, Grape Pomegranate, & Strawberry Kiwi). Carb Boom will be available on the Marathon course at miles 13 and 19. Carb Boom will be available on the Half Marathon course at mile 6.
31. Will there be snacks provided on the course?
Yes. There will be pretzels & bananas available at Mile 22 on the Marathon course.
32. Will there be porta potties on the race course?
Absolutely! Porta potties will be located at the Start area, Finish area and at water stops along the course.
33. Is there a pasta dinner?
No, there are so many great restaurants in Virginia Beach supporting the Yuengling Shamrock Sportsfest that we encourage all participants to support them.
34. Is there a dry bag check?
Yes. You will have a dry bag gear check tag on your race number, simply attach this to your bag and you can drop it off with our trucks located at the following places:
Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon Dry Bag Trucks:
Between 38th and 40th streets on Atlantic
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Dry Bag Trucks:
Between 30th and 31st on Atlantic
Shamrock 8k Dry Bag:
Dry bag tent located at 27th street between the boardwalk and bike path. (oceanfront side).
Please pick up your bag immediately after finishing the race.
35. What times do the roads close/open?
Click here to view road closures
36. Is there a family reunion area at the finish?
Yes, this will be within a snow fenced area on the beach at the finish with big blue reunion area flags.
37. Where can I find my results?
You can look up your results HERE after the race.