The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Half Marathon, & 8k Run
The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon 2011, Half Marathon, & Towne Bank 8k Run

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Shamrock Operation Smile Final Mile

Final MileThe Shamrock Operation Smile Final Mile is the culmination of an ongoing running and walking program for elementary aged children which promotes lifelong fitness and combats childhood obesity.  Children participating in the Final Mile run at school and at home in the weeks preceding the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend to accumulate 25.2 total miles.  They then run the "final mile" of their 26.2 mile marathon on race day, finishing in the same place as the Shamrock marathoners who will run the following day.  Many children also raise money for the event's title sponsor, Operation Smile, making it possible for children just like themselves to receive new smiles and to live happier and healthier lives.  These young fundraisers learn at an early age the rewards of helping others.

All Final Milers receive a time for their one mile run, but there are no awards given in an effort to keep the emphasis on fitness and fun, not competition.  All finishers receive a unique, commemorative medal.  School pride is evident throughout event weekend, and the energy, spirit, and enthusiasm displayed by every Final Miler is inspirational--and contagious!  Prizes are awarded to the school with the highest percentage of participants, and to the school representatives voted the "Silliest Shamrock" by the students themselves.


For more information regarding the Shamrock Operation Smile Final Mile, contact Bob Schniedwind at J&A Racing at, or (757) 777-1056.


Check out the 2011 Event Video below!

Coupon Sponsors


Field House

Whole Foods




  Operation Smile Logo




Race Schedule


Start: Atlantic Ave. Virginia Beach, VA
Finish: Virginia Beach Boardwalk


  • Packet Pick-up & Registration
  • Sports & Fitness Expo


  • TowneBank 8k
  • 8k Middle School Challenge
  • Leprechaun Dash
  • Operation Smile Final Mile
  • Packet Pick-up & Registration
  • Sports & Fitness Expo


  • Anthem Half Marathon
  • Yuengling Shamrock Marathon

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