Come celebrate the “Luck of the Irish” as 25,000 runners from all 50 states and other countries lace up their sneakers, adorn themselves in green and take to the streets of Virginia Beach, Virginia on March 16-18, 2018. The annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, first held in 1973, has expanded to become a St. Paddy’s Day tradition.

The three-day event features a Sports and Fitness Expo, race and challenges to accommodate all ages and skill levels followed by a huge finish line celebration on the beach. Runners enjoy flat, fast and scenic courses along the beautiful oceanfront and recover at a huge finish line celebration that features live entertainment, ice-cold Yuengling beer and much more.  With six events, there is a distance for everyone to choose from: the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Shamrock Marathon Relay, Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, TowneBank Shamrock 8K, Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile and the Leprechaun Dash. Runners who want to take on more than one race can participate in one of the two special challenges that the weekend offers – the Dolphin Challenge or the Whale Challenge.  All challenge participants receive an additional challenge medal.

Event Highlights

  • 25,000 Participants
  • Yuengling Beer (over 21 only)
  • Murphy’s Irish Stew
  • 2 Day Sports & Fitness Expo
  • Speaker Series at Expo
  • Course Entertainment
  • Post Race Bands
  • Boston Qualifier
  • Walker Friendly
  • Technical Race Shirts (men’s and women’s sizes)

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