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Overall Rating (17 Reviews)
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(17 Ratings)(17 Reviews)
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Come celebrate the “Luck of the Irish” as 25,000 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. The annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, first held in 1973, has expanded to become … MORE
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    dbrown FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first marathon. I chose the Shamrock because of its reputation as a flat course and it did not disappoint. The weather was a concern as it was … MORE

    This was my first marathon. I chose the Shamrock because of its reputation as a flat course and it did not disappoint. The weather was a concern as it was windy and looked like it may rain early on while we were getting in the corrals. The weather turned out fine though as it got into the high 40’s and was sunny. The only spot where wind ended up being the slightest problem was in Fort Story. However, the wind was of little concern as I simply took in the sites of the fort. After leaving the fort you are just heading back to the same route towards the boardwalk area. At this juncture the half marathoners and marathoners split (did not see it as abproblem running the two groups together. I liked the crowds of people around for my first marathon and do not think they slowed the faster runners down. The second half of the route takes you along the boardwalk and the ocean in sight is relaxing. The only real hill is crossing the Rudee Inlet Bridge. At mile 15 getting close to Camp Pendleton I realized I was actually going to be able to finish this thing. Finishingnup the race by Poseidon is pretty cool. Swag galore as you cross the line. A small zip bag with the race logo, a runners cap with the race you completed on the back, a blanket, medal, chips, water, gatorade, fruit, protein bars. A small walk to the party although I only stayed a few moments. Expo earlier was fine, long sleeve tech shirt specific to your race was high quality. I jave no real complaints. Of all of the races that I have done I am proud to say the two best overall productions have been in my home state-Anthem in Richmond and this race. I will def be registering for this marathon again next year. In fact I have already reserved hotel rooms on the boardwalk for this coming race. This one I stayed at a cheaper Marriott in Norfolk and had the wife drop me off early, but decided to make it easier on myself this coming year. Also, plenty of water stops and Gatorade stops along the route. Not a ton of spectators, but more on the second half of the route when they are sorely needed.

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    runnermama FIRST-TIMER '19

    Very well planned event from start to finish. Expo had plenty of vendors, corrals were easy to get in, aid stations were well staffed and had everything they claimed to … MORE

    Very well planned event from start to finish. Expo had plenty of vendors, corrals were easy to get in, aid stations were well staffed and had everything they claimed to have, post-race party was good food and good fun. They even had a tent set up race day morning selling gloves, hand warmers, etc. in case you needed it last minute (which I did…sooo happy I bought the shamrock gloves because the start was very chilly!) The city itself has many fantastic restaurants (breakfast at Commune is a MUST!!!), and a beautiful boardwalk for your shakeout run. The only downside is the wind can be bothersome along the coastal portion of the race. All in all I highly recommend this race!

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    ruateddybear2 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It’s a beautiful course. I’d totally recommend it! It takes you through three different bases, a beautiful park, and of course up and down the beach. It was well ran, … MORE

    It’s a beautiful course. I’d totally recommend it! It takes you through three different bases, a beautiful park, and of course up and down the beach. It was well ran, the volunteers where awesome, and the swag was cool! I didn’t realize I’d get a nice finishers hat and blanket. Love them!

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I think that this was overall a great race! The course was very flat with a repeat hill about mile 16/22 (bridge) which I felt gave me a chance to … MORE

    I think that this was overall a great race! The course was very flat with a repeat hill about mile 16/22 (bridge) which I felt gave me a chance to stretch out my legs/hips. I was a very windy race (off the ocean), but who can control the weather. J&A Race did an awesome job of production, as this was very well organized race with tons of extra swag (blanket, hat, and a beautiful medal). The after party was great with tons of beer (4 free), and stew. The bands were great, we had a lot of fun doing this race, and will certainly be back again! Considering I was sick all weekend, my time was not too bad…

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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '19

    The weather this year was perfect, temperatures around 50 and sunny. The race expo was a little disappointing in size, but probably because I'm used to bigger expos. It was … MORE

    The weather this year was perfect, temperatures around 50 and sunny. The race expo was a little disappointing in size, but probably because I’m used to bigger expos. It was well run, however. There is no race day packet pickup, but a friend can pick up for you if they have the form filled out allowing them to pick up for you.

    I have never seen so much green in a race or so many opportunities for free alcohol. You could get drunk on the race course if you were so inclined. The most scenic part of the race is the first half, taking you through Fort Story and along roads lined with trees. The second half is a little less exciting, though not boring by any means. The course itself is mostly flat, the only real “hills” being the bridge you cross on the marathon course with a slight incline (that you don’t even feel) in the first 5 miles or so. The course contained such amusing things as Leprechaun Lane (with fun facts about Leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day) and corny Irish jokes in Ft. Pendleton on the marathon course.

    My only goal, especially running the 8k the day before as part of the Whale Challenge, was to finish under 6 hours. This course is perfect for PR’s as long as the weather cooperates.

    The post race swag included 2 awesome medals (the one for 26.2 and the awesome Whale Challenge medal), a running hat, and this year’s finisher item was a nice race branded blanket. There were also plenty of edible items handed out, not including the post race tent. My only complaint was having to walk on sand after running 26.2 miles to get to and from the post race festivities, which was not enjoyable.

    I don’t know that I’d come back for the marathon, half marathons being my preferred distance, but I’d definitely go back for the Dolphin Challenge (8k and 13.1).

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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '19

    The weather this year was perfect, temperatures in the upper 40's to low 50's and sunny. The race expo was a little disappointing in size, but probably because I'm used … MORE

    The weather this year was perfect, temperatures in the upper 40’s to low 50’s and sunny. The race expo was a little disappointing in size, but probably because I’m used to bigger expos. It was well run, however.

    The course itself was a little boring just because it’s pancake flat. The course takes you out on the street and back on the boardwalk (with a small jaunt back on the street). There was plenty of crowd support and the run along the beach is gorgeous. The race (as all weekend races do) finishes right after the King Neptune statue.

    The medal this year was nice (and a bottle opener!) and the finisher “gift” was a cute beer koozie. We also got plenty of edible goodies as well as a race branded draw-string backpack.

    The post race party was hopping, with plenty of beer and Irish stew flowing (with a veggie option) in the tent on the beach. I ran the Whale Challenge this year (8k and 26.2) so this race was more of a shake-out run than a race for me.

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    RunKMacRun FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race offers a challenge medal if you do the 8K on Saturday and any race on Sunday. NO Race day bib pick up so plan ahead. SOOOOO much sway … MORE

    This race offers a challenge medal if you do the 8K on Saturday and any race on Sunday. NO Race day bib pick up so plan ahead. SOOOOO much sway with this race. Medals, 4 beer tickets per bib, hot food, finishers towel/blanket, and a nice tech hat. Also tons of food at the finish line. Great flat and fast course.

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    cassidymegan3 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I won this entry from a Facebook contest so to get a free race on St. Patrick's Day that turns into an unanticipated PR is really frickin' awesome! (This was … MORE

    I won this entry from a Facebook contest so to get a free race on St. Patrick’s Day that turns into an unanticipated PR is really frickin’ awesome! (This was my 30th Marathon, too. Dublin, Ireland was my 20th, so I wanted to be sure that this was #30.)
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    (and forgive me if this review seems a bit out-of-it. I drove back to Orlando, FL after the race and am on about 4 hours’ sleep.)
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    This is the 2nd time that I have run the Shamrock Marathon. I ran it in 2016 as part of the Whale Challenge (8k and Marathon) and PR’d my marathon by 7 minutes. I attributed that awesome time solely on the temperature.
    Now, 3 years later, I went in with the hope of simply either maintaining a sub-4 marathon or (at best) shaving off the 41 seconds on my 3:52:41 PR that I set in Indy back in November.
    *** EXPO***
    I arrived on Saturday afternoon to Va. Beach and we got to the expo around 2:00 p.m. Packet pick-up was pretty easy. The shirts for the Marathon and Half marathon were the same design – just one said HALF MARATHON on it. I collected my bib and went to get my ID verified for post-race drinks (just in case.)
    The expo was large and there were many local and mom-and-pop boutiques set up. I have 20/20 vision, but the Lasik people had free sunglasses and I’m a sucker for cheap give-away sunglasses, so I took the survey. It was the only booth that really had anything in which I was interested.
    The line to meet Meb was about 100 feet long so we decided that we would just wave to him if we saw him on the course (he was pacing the half marathon this weekend.)
    ~ this isn’t really about the race, but we went to Murphy’s Irish Pub for lunch. They are the restaurant that provides the stew after the race and I like to support local places. Their steak and potato pie is deeeeeelicous! I recommend it. (And if you went there on Saturday and got a rhinestone sparkly Irish Flag sticker: you’re welcome. Years ago, I fancied myself an entrepreneur and had a bunch made — far too many, so I “donated” them to the staff to give away. **SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSINESSES – they are the ones who make a lot of our races happen.**
    **REVIEW**
    We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Atlantic Blvd, which put us almost exactly half-way between the start and finish lines. The race started at 7:30, so I set my alarm for 6:45 but woke up before then.
    **PORT-A-POTTIES**
    Since we were really close to the start line, I didn’t have to use them, but when I got to the lobby of my hotel, I realized that I left my water bottle up in my room, so I went back up. There were a few people on the elevator who made note that it would take less time to just go back to their rooms to use the restroom than to wait for the port-a-potties. When I got back down to the street level, I saw why: although there were plenty (and it seemed like they had them on several streets that ran perpendicular to the corral areas) the lines were long.
    **RACE COURSE**
    I lined up by the 3:50 pacer “Speedo Mike” and it was chilly – just the way that I like it. We noticed that the 2:00 half marathon pacers decided to line up in the corral ahead of us. I thought that it would have caused a lot more trouble, but it didn’t.
    The race heads north and it was really windy at some points where hotels and their “skywalks” to their garages created wind-tunnels for us, but it was OK. When I ran this in 2016, we did this part of the race on the 2nd loop, so I was surprised when we were on the leprechaun trail* because that was where Team RWB had given me the delightful PB&J sandwich at mile 17. (*they have little signs with leprechauns on them that have St. Patrick’s Day riddles and facts about Virginia Beach on them).
    From the Leprechaun Trail (a gorgeous tree-lined street, by the way), we head into the 1st military Base: Ft. Story. It is on this base, that we see the 2 lighthouses that are used as course icons. After we leave the base, we head south to where the race started and the half marathon break s away.
    One thing that I debated whether or not I liked about this race was that they had a 4-person marathon relay. In the end, I decided that not being lonely on the course highly outweighed running next to someone who was joyfully frolicking on the course with a fresh pair of legs – so I’ll run my race, they can run theirs and we’ll all be happy. ☺
    **WATER STATIONS **
    Great volunteers!
    The stations were kept very clean considering the volume of people passing through.
    There was one stretch of the course where I really REALLY wish that they had another station in between (it was after the bridge but before the turn-around – which is very vague) but it seemed like a long distance between stops.
    As great as the volunteers were, there were two things that I did not like about the water stations: (1) a fair amount of them were not tangent-friendly (2) some of them only had “left-side” pick-up. I usually accept that a course is not going to be 26.2 miles on the dot due to the tangents and weaving but with every mile, my watch beeped for the mile sooner and sooner each time. At the end of the race, I had 26.37 miles.. my watch time and my official chip time matched exactly, but the average pace looked 5 seconds per mile faster on my watch due to that added length.
    *** SWAG ***
    You get your SWAG after you cross the finish line. You get your medal, a blanket, shamrock cookies, a bag of Lay’s potato chips, water, Gatorade (your choice of colors/”flavors”, too), a banana, granola bars, a tech hat, and then, the nice volunteers helped you to stuff all of that into a nice cinch bag before you make your way to the beach.
    ** after party**
    I made a bee line to the tent to get my Murphy’s Irish Stew (which was more of a soup, but it was 40ºF outside so warm and hearty anything hits the spot.) I met my friend, grabbed a Yuengling Lager and made my way to the PR Bell. I rang that thing like it was dinner time because I shaved 3 minutes and 21 seconds off my best marathon and I grabbed a sticker, too.
    ***OVERALL***
    I love the J&A team that puts on these races. Since I have PR’d this race twice now, this should be my favorite course, but the crowd support is a tittle light. People are out there, but only waiting for their people to pass (and that is OK). It seemed like the runners were hyping up the crowd more than the other way around. … and the water station placements made tangents a little tough. Other than that, I really can’t complain. I told 2 of my friends here in Orlando that I better see that they have signed up for this next year. Miracles happen on this course.
    GOOD LUCK TO YOU IF YOU RUN THIS! (You won’t need it, though. You just need cold weather, Cheez-Its, Gatorade, and Irish food the day before. ☺)
    ♣ Happy running! ♣

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:39pm

    Dear Sleepless in Central Florida, The secret is out! Well done Megan, congrats on pushing that PR down below 3:50 — sounds like both the luck and talent o' the… MORE

    Dear Sleepless in Central Florida, The secret is out! Well done Megan, congrats on pushing that PR down below 3:50 — sounds like both the luck and talent o' the Irish (with a dash o' Meb mojo) were on your side. Nothing beats a PR bell on the beach! (Even a cold beach). And here I thought I was the only one who liked to hop out of bed less than an hour before the start. Very cool that you continue to have great experiences at this race, though where does that leave us for #40... back to Dublin? 😉 Congrats on another fantastic weekend complete with another free pair of sunglasses 😎, and thanks for the awesome review! LESS

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    cassidymegan3 Mar 20, 2019 at 10:17am

    I think that #40 will either be Dingle or Limerick. ☺ I hear great things about both. Actually, #40 will happen WAY before I can afford another trip back and… MORE

    I think that #40 will either be Dingle or Limerick. ☺ I hear great things about both. Actually, #40 will happen WAY before I can afford another trip back and with the races that I pace, the numbers fill up pretty quickly. Most likely, it will be one of the "Center of the Nations" series in 2020. Thank you for the encouragement! I may have to make this an annual trip. ☺ LESS

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    vcuheel05 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first full marathon. Overall the course was pretty flat, but there is a big arched bridge you cross over twice at around 15.5 and 23 miles. You … MORE

    This was my first full marathon. Overall the course was pretty flat, but there is a big arched bridge you cross over twice at around 15.5 and 23 miles. You start out with the half marathon runners, so it is a bit crowded for the first half, then the second half is more spread out with just the full marathoners. There were a lot of aid/water/GU/portapotties during the first half but seemed to be much more spread out in the second half. I think I would have preferred if the marathoners did the two halves flipped so there would be a lot less crowding and more aid at the end of the run. I was able to get a hotel about 3 blocks from the starting line and right where my corral was.
    After the race, you get a medal, hat, blanket, banana, cookie, granola bar, water, Gatorade, a bag of chips, a drawstring bag, 4 beers, and Irish stew.
    There were several stretches with no spectators and 2 stretches of running through military bases (make sure your bib is visible, they will stop you if it isn’t).

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:40pm

    Nice, huge congrats on your first marathon, Levi! 👏 There's nothing quite like that euphoric finish line feeling — and there's nothing like being able to roll out of bed… MORE

    Nice, huge congrats on your first marathon, Levi! 👏 There's nothing quite like that euphoric finish line feeling — and there's nothing like being able to roll out of bed into your corral 3 blocks from the start line. Hope you're recovering well and already thinking about your next marathon, and thanks so much for telling your story here on RaceRaves! LESS

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    cassidymegan3 Mar 19, 2019 at 7:15am

    I loved that they had "bandit spotters" on the course. I saw a half marathoner hop onto a bike and hitch a ride for 2 miles. They were travelling slowly,… MORE

    I loved that they had "bandit spotters" on the course. I saw a half marathoner hop onto a bike and hitch a ride for 2 miles. They were travelling slowly, but it made me mad that she wasn't actually running and no race officials eliminated her from the race. I tried to draw attention to her, but it seemed like none of the other runners were bothered by her. LESS

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    cgingerich FIRST-TIMER '19

    Decent half marathon, scenery not too exciting as we mostly ran away from downtown VA Beach, some crowds but not the same energy as big city races. Nice swag at … MORE

    Decent half marathon, scenery not too exciting as we mostly ran away from downtown VA Beach, some crowds but not the same energy as big city races. Nice swag at the end. Didn’t stay for the Irish stew and beer, but I’ve had better selections of post race food at other races. Overall though a fun race and weekend.

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    cassidymegan3 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I PR'd my marathon by more than 7 minutes here. This was my 18th Marathon and my 5th for the 2016 calendar year. I am an American of Irish decent … MORE

    I PR’d my marathon by more than 7 minutes here.
    This was my 18th Marathon and my 5th for the 2016 calendar year.
    I am an American of Irish decent so I had been eyeing this race for a long time. I bought my sister the Dolphin Challenge for her birthday (I did the whale challenge). The weather was not ideal. It was very cold and rainy, but that is perfect running weather for this girl. (The race director has no control over the weather, so as long as there is no lightning, the show must go on.)
    ♣ Expo♣
    The expo was amazing. It was a lot bigger than I had expected it to be. There were loads of vendors and they had a lot of merchandise – lots of green and Shamrock/Irish-themed items available. I picked up a pint glass (because I love my race pint glasses) – it says TWENTY-SIX POINT FREAKING TWO and in tiny, little letters it says “Yuengling Shamrock Marathon” and the bottom of the glass is sprayed green, too. It’s perfect.
    My sister went all-out: she bought shamrock arm sleeves, a skirt, a visor and I’m not sure what else (and she still rocks them at most of her other races, too.)
    I like that the bibs are personalized to whatever we want. I have a friend who was born and raised in Dublin who calls me “Nutmeg” so that is what I put on the bib. I wasn’t a fan of my age being on the front, though.
    For the marathon, we got a Leslie Jordan two-tone long-sleeve shirt that I don’t think was gender-specific. I really wanted to love the shirt, but I didn’t. It was a lime green body with heathered military green sleeves. It’s comfy, but I was expecting bright kelley green – which was what the cotton 8K shirt had and that’s the one that gets worn a lot.
    ♣ Pre-race ♣
    I stayed at the host hotel and they bused us to as close as they could to the start line. It may have been a block or two, but it wasn’t anything strenuous. Since I was staying at a hotel nearby, I did not drop a bag. I didn’t have to use a port-a-potty so I paid no mind to them. Many of the businesses that were near the start line allowed/tolerated the runners huddling inside while we waited for the race to start. It was cold, but I was prepared for it: My mom is a pharm tech who works in a clean room, so whenever they switch vendors for their Tyvek coveralls, she brings the “old styles” home for me to take to my races. (We call them “bunny suits”.) If you have access to these – they are perfect for keeping warm before a race.
    ♣ THE COURSE ♣
    I’m a little biased because I LOVE VIRGINIA and I really, really love Virginia Beach. I don’t know if it’s the architecture style or that we’re by the sea but something about the “13 Colonies” Atlantic coast gives me the warm-and fuzzies. ♥ With the wind that day, the waves were rolling in and it sounded so nice.
    I ditched my “bunny suit” at mile 3 when I had finally warmed up and the crowd thinned enough for me to safely take it off. By then, it had stopped raining for a bit, but it was still a little windy. I remember climbing one bridge and seeing lots of sailboats tethered to their docks within the first few miles of the race but the rest of the course was flat.
    It wasn’t a lonely race by any means. Thankfully the rain ended within the first 30 minutes or so. The first 10 miles of the race were great. We headed south, out of town through a military base and headed back toward the town. Once we got back, we headed north on the boardwalk, and the wind picked up again. It was challenging, but we’re marathoners and we persevere! At mile 17 we started down a gorgeous tree-lined street and team RWB gave me a PB&J sandwich! Oh- it was delightful! (I love the volunteers! Go Eagles!) Those trees helped to cut back on the wind a bit so as we went through those few miles in the trees, it was absolutely perfect. Around 19 or 20, we came to a second military base and the wind was really strong. I am a costume runner (yep, I’m one of those) – I wore a leprechaun costume with a foam leprechaun hat and a buff to keep my ears warm – that buff became something to secure my hat to my head and several people yelled out to me, “I love your bonnet!” and I had to laugh – yep – it sure would look like a bonnet, huh? From Mile 21 on, we are heading back to the beach and we had a nice tailwind for most of it. It’s a little tricky as we approach the finish line – I remember a lot of turns, but when I crossed the finish line and stopped my watch I went – WHHHAAAAATTT!?? I FRICKIN’ PR’D!!! BY A LOT! 7 minutes! That’s HUGE! Especially after doing 3 fulls in January and 1 in February.
    When I finished this race, I was absolutely buzzing, They gave me my medals (for the marathon and the challenge), my hat, and towel, then I made my way into the finish line tent and had a big (well- the size that they give you) bowl of the Irish Stew from Murphy’s. Nomnomnom. Ohhh- nothin’ mo betta than a nice hot stew after a damp, chilly race.
    My sister’s half didn’t go as well as she had expected. She hates cold and rain and was waiting at the hotel for me, so I didn’t hang out too much at the end. The bus for the hotel was further away from where they could drop us off due to the course still being open, but I passed a Dunkin Donuts so I was able to get a nice piping-hot coffee as I made my way to the pick-up point.
    ♣ OVERALL ♣
    I absolutely loved this race. This PR put into my mind that I could break 4 hours. (and I did- at the 2017 Dublin Marathon- a PR of more than 7 minutes again. – Luck o’ the Irish, huh?)
    The water stations were well-supplied and had plenty of enthusiastic volunteers.
    The course support was much better than I had expected provided the weather conditions.
    Team RWB and that PB&J: ♥ ♥ ♥ Go raibh maith agat! (thank you, in Irish)
    I said that once a state was marked off my list, I was done with it and when 2019’s race popped up as actually being ON St. Patrick’s Day, I was tempted, but said “no- Virginia’s done” but I entered a contest and won; so back to VA Beach, I go! If I PR by 7 minutes again, that will be awesome and I’ll enjoy the post-race festivities this time, too. I hope I have another raving review in a few weeks!
    Do this race!
    Happy Running!

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    diverdude0075 FIRST-TIMER '00

    So I ran this in year 2000 after training for four months. I am writing this review 18 years later since I’m getting back into running and found my official … MORE

    So I ran this in year 2000 after training for four months. I am writing this review 18 years later since I’m getting back into running and found my official time from so long ago. The things that stand out are that there were no significant hills, the rock bands were a lot of fun to run by, and I hit the wall at mile 22-23, otherwise would have finished ten minutes faster. May do this marathon again in celebration of youth slipping away…

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    dmkimball REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course is great, medal is fantastic, and the post race festivities are awesome. The expo was very disappointing this year with limited vendors and no marathon finisher jackets MORE

    The course is great, medal is fantastic, and the post race festivities are awesome.
    The expo was very disappointing this year with limited vendors and no marathon finisher jackets

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    sclevine FIRST-TIMER '18

    The organization of this race was great. Expo is really good, wave start was well done with waves leaving every few minutes, water stops were plentiful with great and enthusiastic … MORE

    The organization of this race was great. Expo is really good, wave start was well done with waves leaving every few minutes, water stops were plentiful with great and enthusiastic volunteers, and the music/entertainment was better than other similar sized races I’ve run.

    I thought the first half of the course was very scenic and nice, but the 2nd half a bit boring. In the 2nd half, there were 2 sections along the boardwalk on the water, about 2 miles each, but it was really tough to run into the wind at miles 23-25, and the wind wasn’t too bad – can’t imagine if it was a really windy day!

    Race was extremely flat, but there was a bridge to cross in the 2nd half which was pretty steep. Wasn’t a problem at 16 miles on the way out, but at 22 miles on the way back, it was killer.

    Post race party was ehh – yes, you get 4 beer tickets, but food options were a bit sparse, and there were few, if any, places to sit in the tent, and walking on the sand wasn’t exactly easy after finishing the marathon.

    Enjoyed the race, would definitely do it again.

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    2
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '12

    I have actually done this half marathon several times. The weather can be a gamble in March. The course is extremely flat, fast, and scenic, showing off tree-lined roads and … MORE

    I have actually done this half marathon several times. The weather can be a gamble in March. The course is extremely flat, fast, and scenic, showing off tree-lined roads and oceanfront areas of Virginia Beach, including a trip through Fort Story. The end is on the concrete walkway by the ocean front. Wind can be a factor. If you like a party course, this is definitely one, with plenty of spectators, “unofficial” aide stations (aka beer), DJs, bands, and more. The biggest thing- amazing swag. The medals are always great, there is a different finisher’s gift every year in addition to the race shirt you get at packet pickup, and with the race being in March, hotels are much more affordable than they are during the Rock N Roll VB race. This is a highly recommended event. This event also is walker friendly.

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    1
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    5
    SCENERY
    3
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    5

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    SWEETworkout REPEAT RUNNER '15

    So, one of the biggest races in Virginia Beach is the Shamrock Half and Full Marathon. J&A puts on some of the best races around here, but this one steals … MORE

    So, one of the biggest races in Virginia Beach is the Shamrock Half and Full Marathon. J&A puts on some of the best races around here, but this one steals the show. From the swag, to the medal, to the finisher items, to the after party – this race has it all. Packet pickup has some of the greatest vendors too. Definitely will be registering year after year for this race! If you have any doubts, don’t…just do it! Get your Shamrock on!

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    wonderjess FIRST-TIMER '12

    This was my second marathon and my first trip to Virginia Beach. Although the after party was quite a lot of fun, and the swag was pretty good, I'm not … MORE

    This was my second marathon and my first trip to Virginia Beach. Although the after party was quite a lot of fun, and the swag was pretty good, I’m not sure that made up for the late start and lack of crowd support. I would highly recommend the half marathon here; they seemed to get the better end of the stick.

    What’s good about the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach: You do get some good swag. We got long sleeve technical tees and at the finish line, there were also hoodies (which helped at the other good part). . .The beach after party! Yuengling on the beach, in a tent, with a band; it’s actually pretty awesome. I would recommend staying in town Sunday night so that you can party a bit. They were really generous with the beer – I think you get 4 officially, I ended up with much more.

    What’s not so good: The marathon starts at 830am! You may be thinking, great, I don’t have to get up early, but March in VA can go either way, and my way went hot (I notice the above weather icon says rain in 2012 – there was no rain, no cloud cover, full sun and temps well into the high 60s). The HM start at 7am. So, all the HMers are done while the marathoners are just getting started! Also, because of the time difference, there is virtually no crowd support. Usually you can count on it while the full and the half overlap, but this is a really lonely marathon. Especially the second half where you really need it. The course is not as beautiful as one would hope. VA Beach is pretty overdeveloped, but you end up running in the woods for quite a while.

    I have good memories of running with friends. This is a good centrally located race with quite a draw, but I’m not going to run it again.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    My Report
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    2
    SWAG
    5

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