Sunday March 17, 2024 at 7:30am

The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon is the oldest continuously running road race in Virginia Beach! The marathon course is flat and fast, making it the perfect place for a first marathon, a PR (personal record), and a great race. Participants will enjoy spectators and entertainment along the course as well as a festive finish line celebration.


Marathoners begin by heading north from the Virginia Beach resort area through 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 into the resort area, across Rudee Inlet–the gateway to the Atlantic Ocean–and through stately neighborhoods and the Camp Pendleton military base. Participants return north before finishing on the world famous Virginia Beach Boardwalk.  The finish line awaits you just past the majestic figure of King Neptune with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.


  • 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 Whale 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 available at Mile 5.5 and 19
  • 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 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: 16
  • Dogs are not permitted on the course
  • Course Time Limit: 7 hours 30 mins (17:09 mile pace)
  • The 2024 marathon is a 2025 Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • Course Certification #VA22008RT
  • USATF Sanctioned Event #148519

Course Records

Men’s Record

2:25:58, Luke Rovenstine, 2022

Women’s Record

2:49:34, Catherine Medvene, 2022

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