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 cards 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.

Will I receive a refund if I cannot 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 & Fitness Expo during 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 cards will be accepted.

Where is the Expo & Packet Pick-up located?

The Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo 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.

For more information, click here.

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.  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. 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 Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Friday, March 15th between 12:00-9:00pm or on Saturday, March 16th between 12:00 pm – 5:00pm. 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. 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 water stops located on the Half and Full Marathon course?

Water stops 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 and open?

Click here to view road closures.

Is there a dry bag check?

Yes. You must use the clear bag you receive at packet pick-up. For security reasons, no other bags will be accepted.

Your UPS Dry Bag Gear Check tag will be attached to your race number. Simply detach this tag from your race number and attach it to your bag before you 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 Marathon and Marathon, 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 the J&A Racing 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 and 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.

We encourage you to train with these brands before the race if you plan on using the drinks and gels on the course.

What are the event start times?

March 16, 2019

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

March 17, 2019
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 and bring cash for parking – Many lots will only accept cash on race day! Click here for our complete parking map.

Parking is available in the 19th Street city lot. There is also parking in the 9th Street city lot, Virginia Beach Convention Center, and private lots at 21st and 23rd. There is also 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.

 

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 corrals are based on your estimated finish time.

What are the age requirements for each race?

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon: At least 16 years old
Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon: At least 12 years old
TowneBank Shamrock 8K: At least 5 years old
Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile: Elementary school students
Leprechaun Dash: 6 months to 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 restrict the number of adults 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, 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, there will be a fenced area on the beach at the finish with big blue “Reunion Area” flags.

Are headphones allowed during the race?

Headphones are allowed; however, we strongly encourage participants to abstain from using headphones during this race.

Are baby joggers, strollers, or pets allowed during the race?

Baby Joggers/Strollers
Yes, baby joggers and strollers are allowed. You must include your child’s information during your registration (there is no additional charge). If you did not include your child during registration, please visit the Solutions Booth at the Sports & Fitness Expo to add your child.

Baby joggers and strollers are not allowed in corrals 1-3, so you must be in corral 4 or higher and seed yourself at the back of your assigned corral. It is your responsibility to make sure your baby jogger/stroller 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
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.

TowneBank Shamrock 8K Cutoff: 2 hours from the start of the last corral

Anthem Shamrock Half MarathonCutoff: 4 hours from the start of the last corral

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Cutoff: 7 hours from the start of the last corral

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
East Gate of JEB Little Creek-Ft. Story 9.1 10:45 AM
Half Marathon point 13.1 11:28 AM
5th Street (Heading out) 15.43 12:07 PM
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

Do the Marathon and Half Marathon have Pace Groups?

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

What are the Dolphin and Whale Challenges?

The Dolphin and Whale Challenges are 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 8K and Marathon or Half Marathon entries to count as the Whale or Dolphin Challenge. Click here for more information.

Is the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the 2019 Shamrock Marathon is a qualifier for the 2020 Boston Marathon.