The Shamrock Operation Smile Final Mile is the culmination of an ongoing running and walking program for elementary aged children which promotes lifelong fitness and combats childhood obesity. Children participating in the Final Mile run at school and at home in the weeks preceding the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend to accumulate 25.2 total miles. They then run the “final mile” of their 26.2 mile marathon on race day, finishing in the same place as the Shamrock marathoners who will run the following day. Many children also raise money for the event’s title sponsor, Operation Smile, making it possible for children just like themselves to receive new smiles and to live happier and healthier lives. These young fundraisers learn at an early age the rewards of helping others.
All Final Milers receive a time for their one mile run, but there are no awards given in an effort to keep the emphasis on fitness and fun, not competition. All finishers receive a unique, commemorative medal. School pride is evident throughout event weekend, and the energy, spirit, and enthusiasm displayed by every Final Miler is inspirational–and contagious! Prizes are awarded to the school with the highest percentage of participants, and to the school representatives voted the “Silliest Shamrock” by the students themselves.
If you would like more information on how you can help Operation Smile raise money for new smiles around the world, please click here.
Click here for Operation Smile Final Mile Mileage Tracker
Click here to view the start and race course.
Click here to view the finish line map
Click here to view your child’s start corral. If your child’s school is NOT listed, they are automatically part of Corral 2. Corral 1 is Red, Corral 2 is Green, Corral 3 is Blue, Corral 4 is Grey, Corral 5 is Yellow, and Corral 6 is Orange. Your child’s bib number will match the color of their start corral. Just look for the color coded flag at the start line to know where you should be for the start.