Shamrock Marathon Weekend 2018


Shamrock Marathon weekend is officially here! This 45-year-old tradition is one of the many highlights for Virginia Beach and Coastal Virginia. It features a weekend full of events from the Sports and Fitness Expo to the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon on Sunday. Over 25,000 participants from all over the world will be in attendance, according to the event’s website. Runners can even sign up for a VIP experience  that includes complimentary breakfast, private restrooms and more.

Click here to view the road closures for the weekend. 

Click here to see where you can park during the events. 

Friday

Packet Pick-Up and Sports and Fitness Expo
12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Virginia Beach Convention Center 
This two-day event will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with runners, walkers and sports enthusiasts of all types. The vendors at the Expo will offer a wide variety of equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories for the whole family and includes names like Top Golf, Lularoe, Lululemon and Wegman’s. There will also be official Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend gear for sale. The Shamrock Sports and Fitness Expo is free and open to everyone. For packet pick-ups: There are no race day pick-ups. 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 and they 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 photocopy. If the authorized individual is missing any of these items, they will not release the packet/bib number.

Shamrock Sports and Fitness Expo Speaker Series
2 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. 
Virginia Beach Convention Center
From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. hear from Jen Yuengling, the sixth generation family business owner of D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bart Yasso, known as “The Mayor of Running” will speak. From 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Dr. Jason McHugh, a sports medicine specialist, will speak. And then from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. hear from Olympian and Elite Runner Kara Goucher.

Saturday

TowneBank 8K 
7 a.m. 
30th Street and Pacific Avenue
This 8K course is flat and fast. There is two hour time limit and runners must be at least five years old. The race will finish at the Boardwalk, just past the majestic figure of King Neptune, and a post-race party on the beach will follow.

Leprechaun Dash 
10:30 a.m. 
King Neptune’s Park at 31st Street
This race, formerly known as the Children’s Marathon, is for ages six months to five years old. There will be wave start times for each age group. All participants will receive a goody bag and a T-shirt. They ask that the youngest runners be accompanied by one parent or guardian. No strollers allowed.

Operation Smile Final Mile 
11 a.m. 
31st Street 
The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile is the culmination of an ongoing running and walking program for elementary aged children that promotes lifelong fitness and combats childhood obesity. Children who participate in the Final Mile run at school and at home in the weeks before  the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend to total 25.2 total miles. They then run the “final mile” of their 26.2 mile marathon on race day, crossing the same finish line that will welcome the Shamrock marathoners the following day. Many children also raise money for the event’s title sponsor, Operation Smile. All finishers receive a unique, commemorative medal. Prizes are awarded to the school with the highest percentage of participants and to the school representatives voted the “Silliest Shamrock” by the students themselves.

Packet Pick-Up and Sports and Fitness Expo
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Virginia Beach Convention Center 
This two-day event will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with runners, walkers and sports enthusiasts of all types. The vendors at the Expo will offer a wide variety of equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories for the whole family and includes names like Top Golf, Lularoe, Lululemon and Wegman’s. There will also be official Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend gear for sale. The Shamrock Sports and Fitness Expo is free and open to everyone. For packet pick-ups: There are no race day pick-ups. 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 and they 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 photocopy. If the authorized individual is missing any of these items, they will not release the packet/bib number.

Shamrock Sports and Fitness Expo Speaker Series
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
Virginia Beach Convention Center
From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. hear from Jen Yuengling, the sixth generation family business owner of D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. From 1:30p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Bart Yasso, known as “The Mayor of Running” will speak. From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., hear from Olympian and Elite Runner Kara Goucher. To close the speaker series there will be first time Shamrockers panel with Bart Yasso from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dinner with a Purpose
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
VIP Tent at 31st Street and the Boardwalk
At this special dinner you’ll hear from Race Directors Jerry and Amy Frostick, Olympian and World Championship Silver Medalist Kara Goucher, and “The Mayor of Running” Bart Yasso while making a positive impact on the youth in our community. The dinner is catered by Baker’s Crust. Get your ticket here. 

Sunday

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon
7:30 a.m. 
42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue
The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon is the oldest continuously running road race in Virginia Beach, according to the event website. The course begins at the Oceanfront and then heads up Shore Drive to First Landing State Park.  Runners will pass by Joint Expeditionary Base, Ft. Story, the Cape Henry Lighthouse, across Rudee Inlet and through the Camp Pendleton military base. It will finish up back at the Boardwalk by King Neptune. This marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier. You must be at least 16 years old. The course time limit is seven hours.

Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon
7:30 a.m. 
42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue 
The Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon runs a loop on the same course as the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, but circles back after passing by Cape Henry Lighthouse. It will also finish up on the Boardwalk by King Neptune. You must be at least 12 years old to participate and the course time limit is four hours.

Finish Line Celebration 
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
30th Street 
The finish line celebration will be in a heated tent on the beach, ready for runners right after they finish. There will be live music, Yuengling beer and Irish Stew made by Murphy’s Irish Pub. Your race bid is your ticket for beer and food.