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

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8k Middle School Challenge

The 8k Middle School Challenge is for middle school students who are dedicated to fitness and who wish to experience the fun, excitement, and satisfaction of training for and completing an eight kilometer road race.  Students taking part in the 8k Middle School Challenge are given a 9 week training program to prepare for the Shamrock  8k on March 15, 2014.  Many middle schools in the Hampton Roads area have after school running clubs to support students who are training, and a cash prize is awarded to the school with the highest participation.  Any middle school student may enter the Challenge, however-his or school does not have to participate in order to register!

The 8k Middle School Challenge is NOT a separate event from the Shamrock 8k!  Middle school students taking part in the challenge are simply part of the field for the Shamrock 8k.

Click below for a training program and training log.

9 week beginner training program

Training log

Contact Us:

For more information regarding the 8k Middle School Challenge, please contact the J & A Racing office at or 757.412.1056.

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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