The Shamrock events are designed for the fitness enthusiast at every level and are truly a celebration of running! All the events begin on Atlantic Avenue at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and run through the beautiful Virginia Beach resort area (on flat paved roads) and some of the city's nicest beachfront neighborhoods. Everyone returns to finish on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk in front of thousands of cheering fans. Besides being scenic, the courses are flat and fast; two World Records and many National records have been set on our course. USATF/RRCA sanctioned and certified.
Friday March 17th
1pm - 9pm Sports and Fitness Expo (Virginia Beach Pavilion)
1pm - 9pm Packet Pick-Up and Registration (Virginia Beach Pavilion)
Saturday March 18th
8am - 8K Run/Walk Start
10am - Boardwalk One Mile Run Start ages 7 - 13
10:30 am - Children's Marathon Start
10am - 6pm Sports and Fitness Expo (Virginia Beach Pavilion)
10am - 6pm Packet Pick-Up and Registration (Virginia Beach Pavilion)
Sunday March 19th
7am Marathon Start and Half Marathon Start
8am - 4pm Finish Line Celebration (Virginia Beach Boardwalk at 31st Street)
No race day packet pick up or registration
This course is guaranteed to be fast, flat and festive. Enjoy the course as you pass by the beautiful resort area of Virginia Beach and continue through Fort Story and pass Cape Henry Lighthouse, the country's oldest lighthouse. You will spot many leprechauns along the way as well as music and great support through water stop competitions. Times will be recorded for seven hours (16:02 min. per mile pace). This is a (2007) Boston qualifier, too.
Half Marathon: (13.1 Miles)
The half marathon is a new event this year. It will start at the same time and location as the marathon and will complete a fast flat loop course starting at the Cavalier on 42nd Street and ending on The Virginia Beach Boardwalk at 31st Street. We are limiting this race to the first 5,000 applicants.
8K: (4.97 miles)
The course is out and back through the beautiful Virginia Beach Oceanfront and along the paved boardwalk. Have fun either walking or running this race with over 4000 other competitors and be ready to finish on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Boardwalk One Mile Run: ages 7-13
Children ages 7-13 will love this fun one mile run which starts at 31st street and Atlantic Avenue and finishes on the Boardwalk at 31st Street. Each finisher gets a special medal for this accomplishment as well as a t-shirt and goody bag.
Children's Marathon: (26.2 yards)
Children ages 6 months to 6 years old are invited to make the mad dash to the official race finish line (just like what mom or dad run through). We do separate the children into age group categories to start the event. They receive a race goodie bag as well as an official Children's Marathon full color race t-shirt. Open to the first 300 to register. (Please use a separate application to register your child.)
Get together a team to compete in the race together. There is no limit to the number of team members per team but only the 3 fastest team members counting to score. Each team member must complete an entry form. The forms of each team member and the team roster form must be submitted together and must include the name, address, and phone number of a team captain who shall be a team member. TEAM ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE SAME ENVELOPE. WE CANNOT ACCEPT TEAMS WHOSE MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED INDIVIDUALLY, so please coordinate your team early. No Race Day team registration or team changes. Team registrations must be received by March 1st.
This will become one of the most competitive categories of all our races. If your military team wins, the team can display the beautiful military cup at your department for the year. Every person on this team must be a member of the military. (Please follow instructions for teams). There is a separate military cup for the 8k and the Marathon.
Is the 8K or Half-Marathon distance not enough? How about doing both by entering to run the 8K on Saturday March 18th and the Half-Marathon on Sunday March 19th. Each finisher of the Dolphin Challenge will be mailed a commemorative dolphin pin to recognize your accomplishment. Save $5.00 by signing up for both.
Is the 8K or Marathon distance not enough? How about doing both by entering to run the 8K on Saturday March 18th and the Marathon on Sunday March 19th. Each finisher of the Whale Challenge will be mailed a commemorative whale pin to recognize your accomplishment. Save $10.00 by signing up for both.
Please submit a paper application for the Dolphin and Whale Challenge. On-line registration not available for the Challenges. Click here for application
Race numbers must be worn for visual personal i.d. while on the course.
No transferring of assigned race number or chips. They are computer coded to your own personal race day data (i.e.: age, gender, race division)!
If you know you are not going to participate at packet pick-up . . .remove the timing band, and give it back to the volunteer. If you do not finish on the course . . .you must return you timing band. All participants are financially responsible ($15) for the event's loss/replacement fee.
Yes . . .all timing bands are "scanned" after the event for proper return credit of the timing bands.
Awards will be given to the top three in each age group for each race.
Prize money for all the Shamrock races total over $25,000.
The Shamrock Sportsfest Expo
The Shamrock Sportsfest Expo is one of the largest on the East coast! 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. Our Expo has a great reputation for having an extensive selection of merchandise at great prices as well as official Shamrock Sportsfest gear.
The Shamrock Sportsfest Expo is FREE and open to everyone. It will be open during Registration on Friday, 1pm to 9pm, and on Saturday, 10am to 6pm at the Virginia Beach Pavillion on 19th St. in Virginia Beach. Anyone who is interested in being an exhibitor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$65 through December 31st
$75 January 1st - February 28th
$85 March 1st - March 18th
$40 through December 31st
$50 January 1st - February 28th
$60 March 1st - March 18th
(limited to 5,000 runners)
$25 through December 31st
$35 January 1st - February 28th
$45 March 1st - March 18th
Boardwalk 1 Mile Run (7-13)
$15 through December 31st
$20 January 1st - February 28th
$25 March 1st - March 18th
Children's Marathon - 26.2 yards (6 and under)
$10 through December 31st
$15 January 1st - February 28th
$20 March 1st - March 18th
Your entry fee includes;
Coolmax shirt for all half marathoners and marathoners.
Cotton t-shirt for 8K participants, Children Marathon participants and Boardwalk One Mile Particpants
Medal to all Marathon and Half Marathon Finishers
Food and Beverages at the Finish
Entertainment and Post-Event Party
Free Killian's Irish-Red