In This Issue
Expect Race Weekend
Schedule of Events
Expo Hours to Avoid
Race Day Parking
Course Maps
Course Support
Family Reunion Area
Tips from Bon Secours Sports Medicine
Live Athlete Tracking
B-Tag Timing
UPS Dry Bag Gear Check
Clothing Donation
Finish Line Party
New Shamrock Finish Line Store
Help Keep our City Clean
Follow Us on Facebook
Final Instructions
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend 2014
March / 2014

As a registered participant of the 2014 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, you are receiving this e-newsletter filled with important information that will have you prepared for race day.
What to Expect Race Weekend

3/10/14 -  Your Virtual Goody Bag will be e-mailed.

3/12/14 -  Your race number will be sent by text.

3/13/14 -  Your Race Number and Packet Pick Up information will be e-mailed.

3/14/14 -  Packet Pick Up will be open from 12-9pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. 

3/15/14 -  Packet Pick Up will be open from 10am -5pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

There is no race day packet pick up.  If you are racing on Saturday, you must pick your packet up on Friday. 

To confirm your registration and check out your race number click here. 


Please know your race number before you come to Packet Pick Up to get your packet.  We will not have number boards for you to find your number. Your race number will be emailed and texted to you prior to packet pick up. If you do not receive your email or text, please click here to retrieve your number.  


Race packets must be picked up in person. If you are 16 or older, you must have your ID to pick up your race number - NO EXCEPTIONS. You will be allowed to pick up a family member's packet without a note if you have the same last name, but you must have your own ID to do so. 

If you are unable to pick up your own race packet, you may authorize another person to pick up your packet/bib number. The authorized individual MUST have his/her own photo ID, a signed and printed authorization form, and a copy of the participant's photo ID.  The signed authorization form MUST be printed, we will NOT accept any authorization via phone, text message, or any other electronic device.  The copy of the photo ID may be via text, email, or photo copy. NO EXCEPTIONS!   



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

Friday March 14, 2014

12:00 pm - 9:00 pmPacket Pick-Up and Registration - Virginia Beach Convention Center
12:00 pm - 9:00 pmSports and Fitness Expo - Virginia Beach Convention Center

Saturday March 15, 2014

7:27 am (approx)Elite for a Day Start
7:45 amTowneBank Shamrock 8k/ACCESS College Foundation 8k Student Challenge Start - 30th Street and Pacific
8:30 am - 12:00 pmMurphy's Finish Line Celebration with
10:30 amLeprechaun Dash Start - 32nd Street on the Boardwalk
10:00 am - 5:00 pmSports and Fitness Expo - Virginia Beach Convention Center
10:00 am - 5:00 pmPacket Pick-Up and Registration - Virginia Beach Convention Center
11:00 amOperation Smile Final Mile - Elementary Students - 31st Street and Atlantic

Sunday March 16, 2014

7:00 amAnthem Half Marathon Start - 42nd Street and Atlantic
8:30 amYuengling Marathon Start - 31st Street and Atlantic
8:30 am - 4:00 pmFinish Line Celebration
8:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Expo Hours to Avoid

Large crowds are expected during Packet pick-up and Expo opening hours. It is best to avoid opening hours 12:00-2:00 on Friday, March 14th and 12:00-2:00 on Saturday, March 15th.

We encourage you to arrive early! Parking is available in the 19th street city lot. There is also parking in the 9th street city lot, Virginia Beach Convention Center, private lots at 21st, and 23rd and there is also plenty of street parking in the area. You will not be able to park directly at the start, so if you are staying in a local hotel, we encourage you to walk to the start. Check here for a parking map.
Course Maps

Check out the maps for all the races.  These will also be in your Race Guide and online.

Course Support

Port A Potties - Will be located at the start and finish of each race and 4 will be located at each waterstop.  Please respect our beautiful City and relieve yourselves only in the port a potties.

Waterstops - Are located at least every 2 miles.  Each waterstop will be loaded with plenty of water and Gatorade Endurance.

Sports Drink and Energy Gel - Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor) will be available at each aid station for the marathon and half marathon.  GU Energy gel will be distributed on the course (Vanilla Bean, Tri-Berry and Strawberry Banana flavors). Energy gel will be available on the Marathon course at miles 13 and 19 and on the Half Marathon course at mile 6.

Snacks - There will be pretzels & bananas available at Mile 22 on the Marathon course.

First Aid Tent - Will be located at mile 3 and 9 for the Half Marathon and 16 and 23 for the Marathon.


Family Reunion Area

With over 28,000 participants and spectators at the oceanfront, getting separated from friends and loved ones is possible.  We recommend having a reunion plan in place before your race.  On both Saturday and Sunday we will have a reunion area on the beach between 27th and 28th Streets.  During the Final Mile on Saturday, 3/15, this area will be used as the student finish corral and access will be limited.  At all other times, there will be numbered and colored flags in this area which can be designated rendezvous spots.  The numbers/colors of the flags are: (1) red; (2) green; (3) blue; (4) gray; (5) yellow; (6) orange.  Pick your family flag and meet your loved ones there!

Get Ready to SHAMrock this Race!

DrLuciano Here are some important tips from Bon Secours Sports Medicine's Dr. Ernesto Luciano-Perez, Medical Director of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend.

Stick to the Plan:  Your training should have had you complete several long runs (half and full) so far with an obvious training peak and a taper heading into the race week.  If not, listen to your body during the race and slow down to a more comfortable pace, if necessary.

Hydration:  Hydration starts the week of the race, not the morning of the race.  Without overdoing it, try taking in an extra bottle (16oz) of water each day before the race.  During the race, don't wait until you are thirsty. You should be taking in up to 4oz (or more on a hot day) of sports drink or water every twenty minutes.

Add Electrolytes:  Muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness, confusion and poor performance are all the signs of not replacing salt lost through sweating.   So add in some electrolyte replacement into your race plan (sport drinks, caplets, etc) so you don't get sidelined from something you can control.  Make sure you have tested your electrolyte replacement product before race day to avoid digestive issues on the course.

Medical Info:  The medical information on the back of your race number provides the medical tent personnel, EMS, and race directors with valuable information that could save your life and/or help you and your loved ones connect should you become injured on the course.  It's important, so please remember to fill it out! 

Live Athlete Tracking

Want to share your progress with friends and family on race day? You can get live updates sent out via text message, Twitter or Facebook as you are running the course.

Alerts will be sent for the following splits:

Final Mile: Finish Line only
8K: Mile 2 and Finish Line
Half: Mile 5 and Finish Line
Marathon: Mile 7, Mile 13.1, Mile 18.1, Finish Line


Click here to sign up for live athlete updates now and share this link with your friends and family.

B-Tag Timing

J&A Racing uses the state of the art ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system at the Yuengling Shamrock Weekend events to provide you with fast and accurate race results.


The B-Tag is a disposable timing chip applied to the back of your bib number.  In order to receive an accurate time for your Shamrock event, please make sure your bib number is...

  • Clearly visible on the FRONT of your shirt or jacket
  • Pinned to your shirt or jacket at all four corners
  • NOT covered by a jacket, costume, fuel belt, etc.
  • NOT altered or modified in any way (do not bend, fold or wrinkle your bib)

 If you do not have a bib you will not be allowed to cross the finish line.

UPS Dry Bag Gear Check
We will be offering a dry bag service for both the 8k on Saturday, and the half and full marathons on Sunday.  On Saturday, the dry bag tent will be located next to the boardwalk between 27th and 28th Streets.  You will retrieve your bag in this same location after the race.
On Sunday, we will be utilizing UPS trucks to collect and transport your dry bag from the start area to the finish area.
As a new safety requirement, every runner will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pick up that MUST be used for your gear check bag. We WILL NOT accept any other bags. All bibs will include a Dry Bag Gear Check tag. Simply detach this tag from your bib and then attach it to your bag and you can drop it off either at the 8k dry bag tent on Saturday, or with the UPS trucks on Sunday.  Here's a summary of the dry bag locations:
TowneBank Shamrock 8k Dry Bag:
Dry bag tent located between 27th and 2th Streets on the grass adjacent to the bike path and boardwalk.

Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon UPS Dry Bag Trucks:
Between 38th and 40th streets on Atlantic

Yuengling Shamrock Marathon UPS Dry Bag Trucks:
Between 30th and 31st streets on Atlantic

Please pick up your bag immediately after finishing the race. For the 8k, the dry bags will be in the tent where you drop them off.  For the Half and the Full, the UPS Dry Bag Trucks will be located just past the finish line on the boardwalk.

Do not leave any bags unattended. 
Clothing Donation

If you leave your clothing or any other item at the start line, it will be collected and donated. Do not expect to be able to return to the start line later in the day to retrieve it.  


If your wish is to keep the clothes you wear prior to the start of your race, be sure to use our UPS Dry Bag Gear Check.     

Celebrate Your Race at the Finish Line Party

We have a great line up of bands with plenty of Yuengling Beer and Murphy's Irish Stew under the big tent on the beach.  The tent is open to the public so your loved ones can join in on the fun. 

Band Schedule 
Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:30-12:00pm Borderline Crazy


Sunday, March 16, 2014
9:00-11:00am The Riverboys

11:30-1:30pm Dublin 5

2:00-4:00pm The Deloreans


Your race number will be your ticket for the free Yuengling.  Make sure it is visible for the volunteers to mark at the post race party.


* You will need a wrist bracelet provided by the race in order to drink beer at the finish line festival. You can get this bracelet by showing us your ID at the expo (special ID Check booth) or at the finish line festival. Beer is free (4) for all participants, 21 and over, and can be purchased from the Noblemen at the post-race party for any spectators. All beer sale proceeds go to the Noblemen to help local children in need.


New Shamrock Finish Line Store

New to the race this year will be a Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend Finish Line store located inside the party tent on the beach near the finish line. Be sure to stop by and check out all of our exclusive finisher items available for purchase.  

Help Keep Our City Clean

Plenty of trash receptacles will be located at each waterstop, approximately every 2 miles.  Please wait to discard any trash at the designated waterstops and help prevent trash build up along our course.  Don't be that person!  


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MarathonFoto will photograph you multiple times throughout the race course as well as before and after the race.  Smile when you see our photographers and make sure your bib number is clearly centered and visible so we will be able to identify you.

Our friends at MarathonFoto have released their official photography location course map. Click here to view.

Don't forget to check out your personal photo gallery here after the event.  
 Thank you to our Sponsors and Charities!
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