Youth Events

The Shamrock Marathon Weekend offers two youth events so that children can experience the fun and excitement of being active and crossing the finish line.

Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile

The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile is a one-mile race designed for elementary school aged children. This event is the culmination of an ongoing running and walking program. Children complete a total of 25.2 miles at school and at home in the weeks leading up to the Shamrock Marathon Weekend and run the “final mile” of their 26.2 mile marathon on race day crossing the same finish line that welcomes marathoners the following day.

Leprechaun Dash

The Leprechaun Dash is a 26.2 yard run for our youngest runners and walkers (ages 6 months to 5 years old). These participants line up on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk near King Neptune’s Park to dash across the finish line.