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5 Tips to keep your training on track - Brought to you by Anthem
The Importance of Breakfast - From McDonald's
LIVESTRONG - Run to beat Cancer
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Coach Frostick's Training Tip
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Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend 2013

 41 Years in the Making!
Join us for the 41st celebration of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. Each year the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon sells out in mid-December, so don't delay registering!



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 All Races
  • Online Finisher Certificate (Full, Half, Final Mile)
  • Children's Races and 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 Surprise Finisher's Item (Full, Half)


Video highlights: 

JAR001 Shamrock FINAL YouTube
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend 

Shamrock Store

Why not surprise your friend, neighbor or family member with a pint glass and entry into their favorite Green Race held in March?  Click here to view all the cool items for sale!


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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!

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First-timer's Tips - brought to you by:  Anthem




5 Tips to keep your training on the right track!        

As you begin to train for this year's event, here are 5 easy tips to help keep you on the right track.

  1. Stretch, stretch, stretch! Stretching can take as little as 10 minutes, but provides multiple benefits to the body such as decreasing pain and soreness after exercise, improving circulation and even helping you to relax.

Proper stretching techniques to help you stay injury free:

  • Perform balanced stretching. This means you should always stretch the muscles on both sides of your body evenly. Don't stretch one side more than the other.
  • Avoid over-stretching. Never stretch to the point of pain or discomfort. You will feel slight tension or a pull on the muscle at the peak of a stretch.
  • Go slow! Always stretch slowly and evenly. Hold the 



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


Breakfast...Fuel for the whole family! 


Mom was right; breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Breakfast fuels your muscles for activity, increases your productivity and increases the rate you burn calories. It also decreases the rate you store calories in your fat cells. It has been discovered that people who skip breakfast have a harder time losing weight, take in more calories during the day and have higher blood cholesterol which in turn increases their risk for heart disease. Most people skip breakfast due to lack of time to eat in the morning or perceived lack of appetite. However, the body has just been trained to think it is not hungry. The reality is, your body needs breakfast to get your metabolism going again after a night of sleep.

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Halfway to St. Patty's Day, September 15!
Murphys Murphy's Irish Pub

Come celebrate halfway to St. Patrick's Day with Murphy's Irish Pub in Virginia Beach! There will be food and drink specials, live entertainment and half off if you dress like a leprechaun (restrictions apply)!  Don't miss this chance to kick-off your Shamrock training and enjoy food and beverage from your official Finish Line Sponsor and Irish Stew provider!

Murphy's Irish Pub, 2914 Pacific Avenue



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.




41 years and counting for the Shamrock Marathon! To reach more than four decades comes through many years of hard TowneBank work and dedication to the community. At TowneBank, we are dedicated to building a community asset that will stand for generations to come. As a hometown bank, it is our pleasure to invest in the community by supporting events like the Shamrock Marathon. Get ready for a great 41st year of racing!


Bon Secours Sports Medicine

Bon Secours  

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!

Food Lion
Coach Frostick's Training Tip

Coach Frostick

Try to do some shorter distance races than your Shamrock goal race during your fall season to work on gaining race experience and faster pacing.  If the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon is your goal, try to get a good half marathon or 10 mile effort in the fall/winter.  If your goal is the Anthem Half Marathon concentrate on a 10k or 10 miler.  If your goal is the TowneBank 8k get in some fast 5k's.  This will help you perfect your pacing, gain experience and build confidence. 

Sham Rock On!

Thank you to our Sponsors and Charities!
  City of Virginia Beach

  Anthem  TowneBank    


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