FAQ

Registration:

Can I register at the Sports & Fitness Expo?

Registration will be available at the Sports & Fitness Expo. You can only register for races that are not sold out.

Cash and Credit Card will be accepted.

Can I register on race day?

No. The last chance to register is the day before your event. Registration will close one hour before the Sports & Fitness Expo closes. You must pick up your race packet prior to race day.

Registration will be available as long the race has not sold out.

Can I defer my entry?

Learn more HERE.

Can I transfer my registration to another runner?

Learn more HERE.

Why do I need to register a rider?

If you are pushing a stroller and a rider on race day, it’s important that race officials are aware of each person on the race course.  In a emergency situation, your contact information will be obtained from our registration platform to account for everyone on the course or to reach your emergency contact.

All riders must be added during registration or at the solutions booth during packet pickup.

Will I receive a refund if I can not attend?

J&A Racing does not process refunds. No Exceptions.

How can I check to see if I’m registered?

You can click HERE to see if you are registered.

Can I transfer from one race to another? Example: 8K to Half Marathon?

Yes, you can transfer races on your own from the switching races 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 on February 5th, a transfer fee of $25.00 in addition to the change in entry fee will be charged. You cannot transfer to a race that has reached its participant limit.

How can I sign up for the race?

Online registration can be found HERE.

What do I get for my entry fee?

All Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon participants receive a high quality technical shirt (men and women sizes); all TowneBank Shamrock 8k, Operation Smile Final Mile, and Leprechaun Dash participants receive a cotton t-shirt. All participants receive a virtual goody bag, commemorative medal, free refreshments at the finish line tent, and a post race party you’ll never forget! Plus, everyone receives free entry into the Shamrock 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.

Expo & Packet Pick Up:

Can I register at the Sports & Fitness Expo?

Registration will be available at the Sports & Fitness Expo. You can only register for races that are not sold out.

Cash and Credit Card will be accepted.

Where is the Expo & Packet Pick Up located?

It is located at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

Address:
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA

From I-264, take Exit 22 (Birdneck Road) and follow the signs.

Can I have my packet mailed?

If you cannot pick up your packet during the Expo hours and do not have someone else that can pick it up for you, For a fee of $25, we can mail you your packet. Please click on this option during registration. The packet mailing option will close on February 1st at 11:59PM. Packets will be mailed out the week of February 27th.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes.  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. CLICK HERE for the authorization form.

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!

How will I receive my race packet?

Race packets can be picked up at the Yuengling Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Friday March 16th between 12:00-9:00 pm or on Saturday March 17th between 12:00 pm – 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.

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. CLICK HERE for the authorization form.

If you cannot pick up your packet during the Expo hours and do not have someone else that can pick it up for you, For a fee of $25, we can mail you your packet. Please click on this option during registration. The packet mailing option will close on February 1st at 11:59PM. Packets will be mailed out the week of February 27th.

Race Information:

Where are the waterstops located on the Half and Full Marathon course?

Waterstops will be available at the following locations:
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon: Miles: 1.5 / 3 / 4.5 / 5.5 / 8.5 / 9.5 / 11 / 12.5 / 13.5 / 15.5 /  17.5 / 19.5 / 21 / 23/ 25
Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon: Miles: 1.5 / 3 / 4.5 / 5.5 / 8 / 9.5 / 11 / 12.5

Will there be an awards ceremony after the race? What are the award Categories?

No. There will not be an awards ceremony at the post-race party.

Click HERE for more details about the race awards.

Where can I find my results?

You can look up your results HERE after the race.

What time do roads close & open?

Click here to view road closures

Is there a dry bag check?

Yes. The UPS Dry Bag Gear Check number will be attached to your race number, simply detach this from your number and then attach it to your bag and you can drop it off with the UPS trucks or tent (depending on your race) located at the following places:

Drop Off:

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon & Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon UPS Dry Bag Trucks:
Between 38th and 40th streets on Atlantic
TowneBank Shamrock 8k Dry Bag:
Dry bag tent located at 27th street between the boardwalk and bike path. (oceanfront side).

Pick Up:

For the Half and the Full, the UPS Dry Bag Trucks will be located just past the finish line on the boardwalk.  For the 8k, the dry bags will be in the tent where you drop them off. You must pick your dry bag up immediately upon finishing the race.  We will not hold dry bags past your race cutoff time.  Any dry bags not picked up by the cutoff for your event will be returned to J&A offices.

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.

Will there be snacks provided on the course?

Yes. There will be pretzels & bananas available at Mile 22 on the Marathon course.

What sports drinks and gels are available on the course?

Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available on course at each aid station for the marathon and half marathon.  Endurance Formula has nearly two times the sodium and three times the potassium of traditional Gatorade.  Newly reformulated, it now contains no artificial sweeteners and has a new, lighter flavor.

Gu will be available on the Half Marathon and Marathon course between Miles 5-6. It will be available again for the Marathon near mile 13 and 20.

Make sure you train with them before the race if you plan on grabbing one.

What are the event start times?

March 17, 2018

TowneBank Shamrock 8k: 7:45 am
Access College Foundation 8k Student Challenge 7:45 am
Leprechaun Dash: 10:30 am
Operation Smile Final Mile: 11:00 am

March 18, 2018
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay: 7:30 am

Where can we park for the races?

We encourage you to arrive early! Parking is available in the 19th street city lot. There is also parking in the 9th street city lot, Virginia Beach Convention Center, private lots at 21st, and 23rd and there is also plenty of street parking in the area. The drop off for Sunday 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.

Make sure you have cash for parking. Many lots will only accepted cash on race day!

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 Corral Change booth at the Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo.

Are the races corralled?

The Yuengling ShamrockMarathon, Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, TowneBank Shamrock 8k, and Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile use corrals. The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, and TowneBank Shamrock 8k corrals are based on time.

What are the age requirements for each race?

Marathon: at least 16 years old
Anthem Half Marathon: at least 12 years old
TowneBank 8k: Open to all ages (We offer youth pricing for this event.)
Operation Smile Final Mile: Elementary School Students
Leprechaun Dash: 6 months-5 years old

Where can I find a course map?

You can view the course maps here.

 

Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile:

Can I run with my child during the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile?

As a means of ensuring the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile is a true children’s event and to prevent unsafe adult overcrowding during the race, we are restricting the number of adults who will be allowed in the start corrals and on the course.  Only school adult volunteers, our Run Heroes, will be allowed to run with the children.

We realize that many parents have legitimate reasons to be with their children, however, and we do not want any child to miss out on the opportunity.  For this reason, we have created a Guardian Bib corral in which all parents who wish to accompany their children will be assigned.  This corral will be at the end of the student corrals and all adults in this corral must have been issued a guardian bib.  The guardian bib is free, and you can sign up for one as part of the registration process.

General Questions:

Will I need my race number for the post race party?

Yes, your race number will serve as your ticket for the beer and food at the post-race party.

Will there be shuttles on race day?

No. We do not have shuttles for race day.

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.

Are headphones allowed during the race?

Headphones are allowed for runners who are not competing for a cash prize; however, we strongly encourage that participants abstain from using headphones during this race.

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 back of your assigned corral (you must be in corral 4 or greater if you have a stroller),  and you must include your rider, at no charge, during the registration process. If you did not include your rider during registration, please visit the Solutions Booth at Packet Pick Up to add your rider.

Baby joggers are not allowed in corrals 1 -3. 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 J&A Racing events.

What can I do before and after the race?

There are many fun things to do in Virginia Beach during race weekend. Click here for things to do. In addition, you are invited to attend the two day Sports & Fitness Expo.

What will the weather be like in Virginia Beach in 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.

What are the time limits for the races? Are they walker friendly?

Walkers are welcome in all the races.

The TowneBank Shamrock 8k course is open for 2 hours.

The Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon course is open for 4 hours.

The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon course is open for 7 hours and 30 minutes from gun start.  Due to street closure restrictions and hard closures of military base access points, you must reach the following checkpoints at the times indicated to avoid being picked up and transported back to the finish area:

Location Mile Point Cutoff Time
West Gate of JEB Little Creek-Ft. Story 5.78 9:45 AM
West Gate of JEB Little Creek-Ft. Story 9.1 10:45 AM
Half Marathon point 13.1 11:28am
5th Street (Heading out) 15.43 12:07pm
U-Turn by Prosperity Rd            18.75 1:02 PM 
Camp Pendleton Exit             22.1 1:55 PM
5th Street (Heading back)               23 2:06 PM

Does the Marathon and Half Marathon have Pace Groups?

Yes. More information about our pace groups can be found HERE.

What is the Dolphin and Whale Challenge?

The Dolphin and Whale Challenge is for those runners who run the 8k on Saturday as a preliminary event to their Sunday half marathon or marathon run. All Whale and Dolphin Challenge finishers will receive a Whale or Dolphin Challenge medal at the event in recognition of their special achievement. In order to be in the Whale or Dolphin Challenge, you must register for the Whale or Dolphin Challenge category at the time of registration. You can NOT combine your TowneBank 8K and Yuengling Marathon or Anthem Half Marathon entries to count as the Whale or Dolphin Challenge. Click here for more information.

Is the Shamrock Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the 2018 Shamrock Marathon is a qualifier for the 2019 Boston Marathon.