Meb at 2019 Yuengling Weekend

07/18/2018 - 12:32

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Participants and spectators can expect a legendary athlete at the 2019 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend in Virginia Beach. J&A Racing announced today that Meb Keflezighi will serve as a pacer for the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon as well as make special appearances throughout St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.

Keflezighi is the only athlete ever to have won an Olympic medal, the Boston Marathon, and the New York City Marathon. He retired from professional running in 2017 after competing in 26 marathons and countless other races. Keflezighi remains an active part of the running community with a particular focus on promoting youth health and fitness.

“I’m excited to be spending St. Patrick’s Day at the 2019 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. I know many runners travel to this event from all over the country because it is an amazing event and Virginia Beach has a vibrant local running community,” said Keflezighi. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to run the half marathon and experience race weekend for myself.”

As part of Keflezighi’s visit to Virginia Beach, he will pace a time group of runners at the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon. Keflezighi will also make appearances at the Shamrock Sports and Fitness Expo, serve as the official starter for all of the races throughout Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, and visit the local elementary school that has the most students register for the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile. More than 4,000 elementary school aged children participated in the sold-out Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile this year.

“Meb’s passion for the sport of running and involvement with youth fitness makes him a perfect fit for the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend,” said Jerry Frostick, co-owner of J&A Racing. “He is an inspiration to runners of all ages, and we know his presence will bring an added excitement to race weekend for our participants and spectators.”

The 2019 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend takes place March 15-17. The event offers a Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 8K, Mile and Dash. For more information or to register, visit

About J&A Racing
J&A Racing is a nationally recognized race management company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a portfolio of seven events and two training programs, J&A Racing’s mission is to promote and support healthy lifestyles and the sport of running through all stages of life. Since 2003 when J&A Racing Owners Amy and Jerry Frostick took over the Shamrock Sportsfest, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend has become one of the most popular running events in the country, growing from 3,000 participants to a record 30,000 in 2015. Additionally, J&A organizes the Anthem Wicked 10K, Old Point National Bank Monster Mile and Mini Monster 1K; the Big Blue 5K presented Bon Secours In Motion; the Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler; the Neighborhood Harvest Crawlin' Crab Half Marathon & 5K; the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon and We Promise Foundation 5K; and the Corporate 5K. For more information on J&A Racing’s events, visit

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