Can someone else run with my race bib?

For the safety and security of all our runners, people are not permitted to run with someone else’s race bib.
To learn how to officially transfer your bib, click here

What if I can’t make it?

For information on how to defer your race entry to the following year, click here

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.

Will I receive a refund if I cannot attend?

J&A Racing does not process refunds. NO EXCEPTIONS.


How can I sign up for the race?

Online registration can be found HERE.

What do I get for my entry fee?

All participants perks can be found on each race distance:


Half Marathon


Expo & Packet Pick-up:

Where can I pick up my race packet?

Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Where can I pick up my race packet?

The Shamrock Sports & Fitness Expo is located at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

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 $35, we can mail you your packet. The packet mailing option will close on February 27, 2022 at 11:59PM. Packets will be mailed out the week of February 28, 2022.

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.

Race Information:

Will spectators be allowed to view the finish?

Yes, there will be plenty of space to view your runner finish. However, due to the size of the event, we suggest arriving to the finish line early to ensure a good spot. We also invite you to stay and take part in the post-race party.

Do I need my ID 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 an awards ceremony? 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 will my results be posted?

You can look up your results HERE after the race.

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 course?

Absolutely! Porta potties will be located at the Start area, Finish area and at water stops along the course.

Will there be hydration and energy gels on the course?

Nuun Hydration will be available on course at each aid station for the Marathon and Half Marathon. 

Honey Stinger Gels 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 age limits 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

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 are not permitted in any of the J&A Racing events.

Are there time limits?

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

Will there be pace groups?

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

General Questions:

What time should I arrive on race day?

We encourage all participants and spectators to arrive prior to 6:30am to ensure parking availability and allow for adequate time to drop off bags, warm up, and get in the start corrals.

What will the weather be like in Virginia Beach in March?

The average high is 59 degrees and the average low is 40 degrees in March.

What are the event start dates and times?

March 19, 2022

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 20, 2022
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon & Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon: 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!

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.

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.

Is the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the 2022 Shamrock Marathon is a qualifier for the 2023 Boston Marathon.

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