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 PR (personal record). 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.
Course Certification #VA16063RT
Water and lemon-lime flavored Gatorade will be located at each hydration station. Hydration stations will be located approximately every 1.5 miles along the course. Power Gels will be located at miles 5.5, 13 and 21 on the marathon course.
Marathon Quick Facts
- The 2018 marathon is a 2019 Boston Marathon Qualifier
- You must be at least 16 years old on race day to participate in the marathon
- The course time limit is 7 hours (16:02 per mile pace)
- The marathon starts at 7:30 am at 42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue
- The participant limit is 4,000 runners
- If you are 16 or older, you must have your ID to pick up your race number – NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are picking up race numbers for others, you must have your ID, an authorization form completed by the participant, and a copy of their ID – NO EXCEPTIONS.