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LIVESTRONG - Run to beat Cancer
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Don't Forget Your Core - brought to you by Anthem
Runner Survey
Snacking for Stamina
Got your Shamrock Hotel?
Issue: # 4
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend 2013

There is a lot going on in December!

The last day to register before the price increase is December 31, so don't delay in registering.  Make your New Year's Resolution early and sign up today! 

The Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon will sell out.  It normally does not make it to the price increase, so register soon!  Once the Anthem Shamrock Half sells out, you will not be able to transfer into that race if you're in the Marathon or the 8k, so if you're considering changing events, click here to change now.

Participant Perks:
  • Technical Shirts - Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon
  • Long Sleeve Cotton Shirts - TowneBank Shamrock 8k
  • Reusable Goody Bag
  • 2-Day Sports and Fitness Expo
  • Unique Medal for Each Race
  • Online Finisher Certificate (Full, Half, Final Mile)
  • Children's Fun Runs 
  • Finisher Hats (Full, Half)
  • Free Murphy's Irish Pub Stew
  • Plenty of Yuengling Beer
  • 2-Days of Live Music
  • Bands on the Course
  • Special Finisher's Item (Full, Half)


Already Registered?  Click here to confirm!  


Video highlights: 

JAR001 Shamrock FINAL YouTube
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend 



Want to run for more than the miles?


When you run with Team LIVESTRONG you're supporting the 28 million people living with cancer, and helping the Lance Armstrong Foundation provide programs and services to people affected by cancer.


Join Team LIVESTRONG for the 2013 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend and you'll receive a paid race entry and Nike Team LIVESTRONG gear when you meet the fundraising minimum.


Learn more and register to join Team LIVESTRONG, or contact for more information.




We are so thankful for our 2,500+ volunteers who support the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend! If you, or anyone you know would like to volunteer with us race weekend,

Bon Secours Sports Medicine

Bon Secours


Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and also a good time to reach out to our neighbors in need. At TowneBank, we are thankful to be part of the generous Hampton Roads community. At our annual TowneBank Foundation Extravaganza, our guests and employees contributed enough food to provide more than 4,000 nutritious meals to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Good nutrition is important, as runners well know.
Are you a beginner participating in your first 8k, half, or full marathon? Or, are you looking to PR? If so, we've got a training schedule for you!
(Training for the half and full marathon begins this month!)

There are lots of different running groups in Hampton Roads that offer clubs, training teams and camaraderie in preparation for the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend.  Check out these links for information and times of group runs.

Final Kick Sports Shamrock training kickoff is mid-December. Information coming soon.

Running Etc. Group runs, sports injury clinics and much more.

Fleet Feet Sports Group runs on Wednesday night at 6.

Hampton Roads Runners These guys and gals run all over the place!  Check them out for a run in your area.

Tidewater Striders Check out all the local runs promoted by the Tidewater Striders.

Point 2 Running Our friends on the Peninsula who will get you ready for all Shamrock events!

Outside of Hampton Roads
Richmond Road Runners They support running in the Metro area and have a great program for Shamrock!

Facebook Become our Facebook friend and receive up-to-the-minute race information and happenings.

As we get closer to race day, we'll have special contests just for our facebook friends and we don't want you to miss out!

C'mon - like us, we like you!
First-timer's Tips - brought to you by:  Anthem




Don't Forget Your Core

We know you are training your legs; running, stretching, running some more etc. But it's also important not to overlook your core muscles when training for a distance race. Core strength makes you a better runner by improving your power to weight transfer and keeping your form in check as you tire. A strong core comes in very handy toward the end of the race when things start to get hard - and they will.

The best thing about developing core strength is that it doesn't take very long. A 5-10 minute daily routine can make a big difference and pay huge dividends come race day.
Choose Your Exercises - There are literally hundreds of different core exercises; some are fairly straightforward, others are quite elaborate.    




Determine your overall health status by completing the MyHealth Assessment. Identify your health risks and see how your health compares to other members. Then learn what steps you can take to make the biggest improvements in your lifestyle and your health. Click here for the MyHealth Assessment!    


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is proud to sponsor the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon. Leading a healthy lifestyle can influence the behavior of others. Our mission is to improve the lives of people we serve and the health of our communities.


Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. trades as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia, and its service area is all of Virginia except for the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, and the area east of State Route 123.  Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ? ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Runner Survey - Running USA

Calling all RUNNERS! What motivates you to run? What is your favorite race distance? How often do you run? You are being invited to participate in Running USA's National Runner Survey, a comprehensive survey to assess the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits, and product preferences of the running population nationwide. The National Runner Survey is easy to access and available online. All responses are completely anonymous and confidential. Don't miss this opportunity to join other runners nationwide!

To access the survey, click here:  National Runner Survey
Select J & A Racing as the organization that invited you to participate.

Snacking for Stamina  



What you eat before you exercise might be the difference between an energized five mile run or a dragging two mile jog that ends in an out of breath walk. Proper nutrition before exercise gives you a strong start, filling your glucose stores providing you with immediate energy and keeping your blood sugars stable for about the first 20 minutes of exercise. Additionally, pre-exercise snacks can top off muscle and liver glycogen stores that will then provide the endurance energy your body needs after your glucose stores are depleted. An ideal pre-workout snack contains adequate fluid to maintain hydration, is low in fiber, fat, and simple sugars. It should be rich in complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and contain a little bit of protein for staying power. The amount of snack you choose depends on the timing and type of exercise. The longer you have to digest before exercising the more you can consume.

  Read More!    

Where are you staying Shamrock Weekend?
Start Line  
That's EASY! We have it all organized for you from distance to race start/finish, perks, etc.!  Check out our recommended hotel page to make your reservation. Be sure to get your room early as room blocks do sell out!

Thank you to our Sponsors and Charities!

  Anthem  TowneBank    


   Bon Secours       Sinclair   

          Gatorade         Murphys


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