Come celebrate the “Luck of the Irish” as 30,000 runners from all 50 states and several other countries will lace up their sneakers, adorn themselves in green and take to the streets of Virginia Beach, Virginia on March 18-19, 2017. The annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, first held in 1973, has expanded to become a tradition for many — young and old, residents and non-residents, athletes and spectators.
The three-day event features a Sports and Fitness Expo, races and challenges to accommodate all ages and skill levels ad 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 five events, there is a distance for everyone to choose from: the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, TowneBank Shamrock 8K, Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile and the Leprechaun Dash. Runners who are looking for more of a challenge can participate in one of the three special challenges that the weekend offers. All challenge participants receive an additional challenger medal. Click here for details.
The Anthem Half Marathon was voted one of the best half marathons in the country by Runners World Magazine and sells out every year. Register today so you don’t miss out!!
• 30,000 Participants
• Free Race Photos
• 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 and women sizes)
Do you remember the first time you rode your bike for the first time?
Or if you are a parent, the first time your child rode his or her bike? There are so many children who have never had that memory, but Preston’s March For Energy is trying to make that dream come true for more parents and their children. Since our Incorporation of Preston’s March For Energy in October 2011, we have been able to present 126 specially adapted bikes to children with all abilities, with each bike specially designed to accommodate the specific needs of each child. Although we have provided 126 bikes so far, there are so many children out there who are still waiting for that one magical moment – right now we have over 96 kiddos on our waiting list all over the country!
Last year J&A Racing presented 10 bikes to 10 very special children from the Hampton Roads area during the Shamrock weekend. Many of you were able to witness their smiles first hand. Please consider running the Shamrock to help a cause and to help us make more dreams happen. You will receive a PMFE tech shirt and an invitation to our VIP dinner on March 19th in Virginia Beach where you will be able to witness lucky children from the Virginia Beach area receive their very own bike. You may register to raise money for Preston’s March For Energy on our webpage