Celebrate the month of March and all things St. Paddys Day themed with the Shamrock Marathon! The 48th annual Shamrock Marathon is the longest continuously ran road race in Virginia. Enjoy festivities, a flat running course and the unmatched Virginia Beach views. This weekend long event full of running and family fun begins Friday, March 20th and lasts through Sunday, March 22nd. Beginning on the first day, the event also offers a cool sports and fitness expo along with races of all distances for the family!
The Shamrock Marathon Course
Starting from the Virginia Beach resort area, the course then heads to Shore Drive along First Landing State Park, then to JEB, Ft. Story. The course includes many places of historical note. The course then heads south into the resort area, across Rudee Inlet through the neighborhoods of Virginia Beach and on to Camp Pendleton. Runners will finish the race on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk by King Neptune. One of the favorite characteristics of the course is it’s flatness. This provides first time marathoners with an experience that is more accomodating and gives seasoned runners a place to show their skills!
The kids can also take part in the fun!
The Leprechaun Dash (children’s marathon) is specific to the youngest athletes which includes ages 6 months to 5 years old. Participants get to experience the excitement of race day as they line up on the boardwalk near King Neptune’s Park at 31st street. All children are started in waves by age. At the end of the 26.2 yard run, the young marathoners will cross the main Shamrock finish line where they’ll be greeted with the cheers of an adoring crowd and a special finisher’s medal. Children can also take part in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile. To find out more about these children’s events happening during Shamrock weekend click here.
Hard Earned Rewards
Those who finish the marathon in under 7 hours receive a medal, a fleece blanket, a finisher’s hat and a Shamrock drawstring bag. Of course they also get the satisfaction of running and completing a marathon! Whether you’re planning to try your luck running the marathon, half-marathon, or 8K, each race concludes with a beach celebration- live music from regional bands, drinks, and Murphy's irish stew welcomes all at the finish line. Go ahead and invite your friends and family to join you in the race or cheer you on from the sidelines!
Some Fun Facts:
-The annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend started in 1973 and has since expanded to become a St.Patrick’s Day tradition
-25,000 runners from all 50 states and other countries are hitting the streets of Virginia Beach to participate in the races this year!
The health and safety is always a top priority for participants, volunteers, staff, and spectators. There will be continued monitoring of all safety aspects of the race, including COVID 19 (coronavirus). For more updates, please check here.