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Shamrock Marathon Weekend

Mar 20 - 21
7:00am - 9:00pm


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Shamrock Weekend Rocks!

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As a company of runners, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. This decision has been made out of concern for our runners, volunteers, spectators, and community. While this was a very tough decision, we believe it is the right one. Our top priority is always the health and safety of everyone involved in our events.

Whatever you run for, come run with us during the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. Celebrate your race and the “Luck of the Irish” with 25,000 runners from all 50 states and around the world.  Lace up your sneakers, adorn yourself in green and conquer the streets of Virginia Beach, Virginia, on March 20-21, 2020.  You’ll enjoy flat, fast and scenic courses along the beautiful oceanfront and recover at our huge finish line celebration featuring live music, ice-cold Yuengling beer and much more.

The annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, first held in 1973, has expanded to become a St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Coastal Virginia. Our three-day event includes a sports and fitness expo, race distances and challenges to accommodate all ages and skill levels, and a huge finish line celebration on the beach.   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 Leprechaun Dash. Runners who want to make the most of their race weekend can participate in one of the two special challenges that the weekend offers – the Dolphin Challenge or the Whale Challenge.

Event Highlights

•    25,000 Participants
•    Yuengling Beer (ages 21 and up)
•    Irish Stew provided by Murphy’s Irish Pub
•    Challenge Events that include an additional race medal
•    2-Day Sports & Fitness Expo
•    Course Entertainment
•    Live Music at our Finish Line Celebration
•    Boston Qualifier
•    Walker Friendly
•    Technical Race Shirts



Sports and Fitness Expo and Packet Pick up are located at:
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Friday March 20, 2020
12:00 pm – 9:00 pmPacket Pick-Up and Registration – Virginia Beach Convention Center
12:00 pm – 9:00 pmShamrock Sports & Fitness Expo – Virginia Beach Convention Center
Saturday March 21, 2020
7:30 amTowneBank Shamrock 8K Start – 30th Street and Pacific
8:00 am to 12:30 pmFinish Line Celebration
10:30 amLeprechaun Dash Start – 32nd Street on the Boardwalk
11:00 amOperation Smile Final Mile – Elementary Students – 31st Street and Atlantic
12:00 – 5:00 pmPacket Pick-Up and Registration – Virginia Beach Convention Center
 12:00 – 5:00 pmShamrock Sports & Fitness Expo – Virginia Beach Convention Center
6:00 – 8:00 pmDinner with a Purpose – Ticketed Event (Learn More)
Sunday March 22, 2020
7:30 amAnthem Half Marathon Start  & Yuengling Marathon Start – 42nd Street and Atlantic
8:30 am – 4:00 pmFinish Line Celebration





Daily Hours

Friday- 12pm to 9pm

Saturday- 7:30am to 8pm

Sunday- 7:30am to 4pm

Quick Facts

  • 7:30am start at 42nd Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Dogs are not permitted
  • Course Time Limit: 7 hours (16:02 mile pace)
  • The 2020 marathon is a 2021 Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • Course Certification #VA16063RT


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We know you're still running, so let's hear all about it! Sound off about those weekend miles below! #SundayCheckIn #LiveLoveKeepRunning
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Happy #EarthDay 🌎 #ShamrockOn
Happy Easter to you and yours, from all of us at Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. #ShamrockOn
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This year there was no start line. The mile markers were not on the course. The bands did not play. The finish line wasn’t in the distance. The party tent wasn’t on the beach. But we still felt the Shamrock Spirit. Today we put on our staff shirts and joined the running community we love. Everywhere we looked we saw the heart and determination of our Shamrock runners. Congratulations to the thousands of you that ran virtually this weekend. You BROUGHT IT, CONQUERED IT, EXPERIENCED IT, EARNED IT and CELEBRATED IT. We cannot wait to SHAMROCK IT with you in 2021. #ShamrockOn #liveloverun
Murphy's Irish Pub has always been one of the best local places to celebrate the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, and this year should be no different. #ShopLocal this weekend and support a great partner to our running community AND the supplier of the famous Irish Stew we all enjoy at the post-race party! Beer, wine, lunch, and dinner are all available to-go! Order online for curbside pickup at #murphysvb #ShamrockOn ☘️ 🇮🇪
You Shamrocked your training. Now Shamrock your last run. We may not be turning the streets of Virginia Beach green this weekend, but we can document our success with pictures and videos on platforms that connect us all! Join your fellow Shamrock runners from all over the world as we celebrate the strength and resilience of our running community. ☘️Use hashtag #shamrockon and post a picture of your virtual race on Facebook, Instagram or in the comments of this post! ☘️Join the official Virtual Yuengling Shamrock Race Weekend Strava Event --> ☘️HAVE FUN - and remember to #keeprunning
Today doesn’t quite feel like St. Paddy’s Day. For 48 years, the third weekend in March has been dedicated to the running of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. This year we hope you will keep the Shamrock spirit alive. Whether you’re running virtually or celebrating your training with a Yuengling, share your story with us. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. You are the reason we love what we do. Stay safe and healthy out there! We will be back and better than ever in 2021. #shamrockon ☘️
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Friday May 22nd, 2020

Hey. So. You canceled the race (the right thing to do) and I asked to go virtual. Since I did that you have never reached back out to me. Never mailed my challenge packet. I waited patiently until May 15th and filled out the form saying I don’t have my packet. A week after that I STILL have no acknowledgment of receipt of my request and no race packet. This is a pretty sad and inexcusable level of service. What gives and when will I get anything at all? ... See MoreSee Less

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We got all packets in the mail today if you filled out the form. We are sorry your original packet got lost but you should receive this one next week.

We know you're still running, so let's hear all about it! Sound off about those weekend miles below! #SundayCheckIn #livelovekeeprunning ... See MoreSee Less

We know youre still running, so lets hear all about it! Sound off about those weekend miles below! #SundayCheckIn #LiveLoveKeepRunning

Comment on Facebook We know you're still...

Continuing runs on my Shamrock ☘️ Marathon training park... I’ll be ready for 2021.😉🏃‍♀️🍀

Finished my Dolphin Challenge up in NY today. It’s nice to get out and run to take away some stress of being a healthcare provider up here right now. Loved getting to finish open my package and hang my goodies now that I’ve earned it. 🙂

I’m wondering when I should expect my swag from this years race? Almost everyone I know has gotten theirs already and I keep checking the mailbox to no avail...?

Did my things last week!! I wouldnt let myself open the package until I ran. Great motivation 💪 #ShamrockOn

Finished the virtual Hibiscus Half Marathon yesterday with my daughter and will be running the virtual Marine Corps Historic Half tomorrow. Looking forward to running the Shamrock full marathon next year!!

Girls on the Run Hampton Roads Virtual Mermaid 5K! 🧜🏼‍♀️

Marine Corps Historic Half Virtual 13.1 at Oak Grove today. Keep cranking out those miles, friends!

Now that I got my medals in the mail, I plan to run Shamrock Whale Challenge virtually next weekend!! #shamrockon

5 miles Saturday and a 5k with my son today

Running 4 times a week and today’s long run was fabulous!!

7 miles on the Old Champlain Canal in upstate NY on Saturday!

Couple of quick miles at Oak Grove Park...

Sunday Runday at the Franklin Parker Preserve in the New Jersey Pinelands, with my wife

Been doing virtual races all month!

6 miles at Lake Monticello, VA

Seven miles through Bay Colony

First Landing today.

I’ve run most days since this mess started. But I really wish I had my packet. Actually ran the marathon and 8 k (whale challenge) on their respective race days. It’s been about 10 weeks since cancellation. All my friends who I sold on going to this race gave theirs. J&A is selling additional virtual races. I don’t have my swag yet!

Ran 8 miles Friday, Hiked 3 miles yesterday and today did my Virtual Wonder Woman 5K 🙂

Ran the virtual Marine Corps Historic Half marathon on the historic half course in Fredericksburg.

I finally did my I ❤️ Mom virtual 5k today ✅

13.1 just for fun...

Devil dog double, 18.1 miles today.

Going for my 13.1 next weekend - I’ve been saving my swag package until then! ☘️ I’m going to have my little do her “diaper dash” in her kids shirt as I finish and give her the Shamrock medal. 🎖

Ran a virtual Ragnar with my New York team 😍 (team photo to come)

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800 2018 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Race Shirts ➡️ 5000 masks sewn by the COVID-19 Sewing Task Force for Hampton Roads.
Happy #FeelGoodFriday 👏
#livelovekeeprunning #shamrockon
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800 2018 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Race Shirts ➡️ 5000 masks sewn by the COVID-19 Sewing Task Force for Hampton Roads. Happy #FeelGoodFriday 👏 #LiveLoveKeepRunning #ShamrockOn

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I hope you did this AFTER you made sure we got our packets. Ran the dolphin challenge and haven’t received squat yet. Everyone else I know has gotten theirs. Very disappointing and anti-climatic.

To everyone whose packet is delayed - I’m sorry you’re having to wait. BUT! You will be so STOKED when you finally get it because they are AWESOME! Hang tight! We all know JandA and the postal service are doing their best! Shamrock ☘️ on! 🏃‍♀️

I have not received my packet and have filled out the form. I waited until 5/15 like the email stated and waited for my mail to run as well. Thanks!

We are still missing a packet from the race this year 8K my husband I got mine weeks ago we are still waiting on his. Are you all still in the process of mailing them out? Last name starts with M

After seeing all the things you have been doing, I am so happy I made the decision to defer and run in 2021. Thank you for sending my race packet for this year - it was awesome!!! Lots of great swag, but it sure made me thirsty for a few 🍻! Lol! Next year for sure!!! Shamrock ☘️ on!

Husband and I still haven’t gotten our packets yet, but we are being patient. It’s been crazy everywhere. Will give it a few more weeks and then will fill out the forms. Thank you for all that you have done and will do going forward!

I know things are crazy, but it seems many people didn't get packets, especially dolphin runners. I don't want to cause more stress or end up with multiple packets and I'm willing to keep waiting, but I don't want to miss out on getting my stuff either. Should I fill out the form now or wait a few more days? (I'm waiting on 2 dolphin packets and a youth 8k)

I have not received my stuff as of yet. I am hopi g it just takes longer to get to Maine...

This is a beautiful thing. Makes me even more proud to wear my Shamrock shirts than I already was.

J&A always goes above and beyond! Great job! Always support LOCAL!

Yep, ours are MIA as well. Sent email and filled out forms.

I still did not get my race packet(marathon)..time to email i guess

Both my husband and I have not received our dolphin challenge race packets just submitted request

Done. Thank you.

Nice J&A! What a great way to turn old shirts into very needed items these days!

I haven't received my package either. Stay safe everyone!

That’s one of my favorite shirts! I wear it all the time. 😊 Do you have a pattern you used? I have some other old race shirts that I could make masks out of.

Still haven’t received my swag for the dolphin challenge.......😔

Wow, that's freaking awesome! Great idea!!!

What a great idea! Thank you!

Love this ..... scars into stars💫🌟

Can we buy some of the masks? Or have they been donated?

Now that’s a GREAT thing!

So awesome!

I love it!!❤️❤️

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Congratulations to all of these amazing kiddos for completing their Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile virtually this year. You rock! #shamrockon #livelovekeeprunning ... See MoreSee Less

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My daughter never received her stuff in the mail. I think maybe because I moved and the post office didn't forward it.

My son and I are still waiting for our "Dolphin challenge" items!

Seeing these smiling faces made my day!!! This are our future runners..... 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🤩🤩🤩🤩

Awww. That stinks!! Can you get in touch with them???

Thanks for the this!!!

Megan Renea Spears Riv and Mason and in this video!

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Thursday May 7th, 2020

Thank You Team Shamrock for sending the swag! PS I’m saving my beer coupons for next year...I don’t see an expiration date on them ☘️! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank You Team Shamrock for sending the swag! PS I’m saving my beer coupons for next year...I don’t see an expiration date on them ☘️!

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🍺🍺🍺🍺. Can’t wait til next year!!

Still haven’t received any of my stuff. 😞 I’m not that far away. Thinking snail mail was taken literally. 🤪🤪

Awww this bib i awesome... I didn’t get one 😭😭😭

Monika Taylor here is the link they provided. I actually received my package just after I submitted the form, so I wrote back to cancel. They can advise better.

Sunday May 3rd, 2020

Might be a silly question, but can I change the "pushing a stroller" option on my race registration later on? I was filling out my deferral for next year before I forgot about it. Seeing as little baby wont even be born till August, we arent sure if she is gonna love or hate the BOB yet! ... See MoreSee Less

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Not a silly question! You can edit this in your registration up until race weekend 🙂

Thursday April 30th, 2020

Anyone still waiting for their race shirts, medals and swag from the Shamrock race weekend? I sent a message to J&A on April 17th and was simply told to be patient. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi Bob, I'm sure there are a lot of people still waiting on their swag. We are doing the best we can to get it all out in a timely manner, it is just very difficult with the stay-at-home order and the mail being affected. We are hoping to have them all out by May 15th. Again, thanks so much for your patience during this difficult time.

I was just a little confused. I received the Big Blue 5k items prior to race day but nothing for the Shamrock.

Yep. My dolphin swag and my daughter's 8k swag. My local friends got theirs (8k and full marathoners) a few days ago.

Tuesday April 28th, 2020

VA Beach Shamrock 8k was cancelled in March, so I ran it virtually around my neighborhood. Received my goodies today!! Thanks J&A ☘️ ... See MoreSee Less

VA Beach Shamrock 8k was cancelled in March, so I ran it virtually around my neighborhood. Received my goodies today!! Thanks J&A ☘️
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