Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 7:30am

The Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon is flat and fast, making it the perfect place for a PR (personal record). Participants will enjoy spectators and entertainment along the course as well as a festive finish line celebration.


The half marathon loop course takes you north from the Virginia Beach resort area past welcoming neighborhoods. The course then traverses tree-lined Shore Drive as it winds along First Landing State Park on its way to Joint Expeditionary Base, Ft. Story. In Ft. Story participants will pass by the site where John Smith, Christopher Newport, John Rolfe and the other Jamestown colonists first landed in America in 1607, and by Cape Henry Lighthouse–the oldest standing lighthouse in the United States. The course then heads south again for a finish on the world famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk, just past the majestic figure of King Neptune, with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. A Shamrockin’ post-race party on the beach awaits all finishers and guests.


  • Two-day Sports & Fitness Expo
  • Finish Line Celebration with Live Entertainment
  • Yuengling included in your registration
  • Technical race shirts
  • Unique bottle opener Medal for all finishers
  • 2024 Finisher Item: Vented Running Hat and Finisher Beach Towel
  • Earn extra bling by running the 8K on Saturday to complete the Dolphin Challenge (You must register for the Challenge, not each individual race.)


  • Water Stops | approximately every 1.5 miles on the course
  • Nuun | Nuun Endurance Lemon Lime available at every water stop
  • GU Energy Gel | Energy Gel available at Mile 5.5
  • Port-a-Potties | Start/Finish Line and adjacent to every water stop
  • Pace Groups | Join one of our pace groups on race day, and allow the Running Etc. Pace Team to help you achieve your goal


All Half Marathon participants will receive a Finisher’s Medal and long-sleeve tech tee.

Quick Facts

  • 7:30am start at 42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Dogs are not permitted on the course
  • Course Time Limit: 4 hours (18:19 mile pace)
  • The participant limit is 7500 runners
  • Course Certification #VA22009RT
  • USATF Sanctioned Event #148519

Course Records

Men’s Record

1:06:43, Harrison Toney, 2022

Women’s Record

1:13:29, Kate Sanborn, 2022

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