The tradition continues just a few miles east of Point Chesapeake with the annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend beginning this Friday, March 18th, 2017 in Virginia Beach at the North End. Over 30,000 runners from all 50 states and several countries participate in this popular event with races for all ages. The races end with a huge finish line celebration on the beach at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Runners enjoy a flat, scenic course and later celebrate with live entertainment and refreshments. Five events are offers for any age and skill level – the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon (26.2 Miles), Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon (13.1 Miles), TowneBank Shamrock 8K (4.97 Miles), Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile (For Elementary School students) and the Leprechaun Dash (26.2 Yards). View Course Map Event Schedule Facebook Page
J&A Racing, located on Shore Drive at the foot of the Lesner Bridge, is the owner and director of the marathon. The company took over the marathon’s management in 2003 and has been successful in the event’s growth from 3000 participants to a record 30,000 in 2015. J&A Racing manages many other local race events including Blue Moon Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, Corporate 5K, Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon and more. The company also specializes in race training, running clubs and youth fitness programs.
Check out video highlights from last year’s Shamrock Marathon event on J&A Racing’s youtube channel.