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Jordan King, Tami Ritchie Win Shamrock Marathon

Date: 
03/19/2018 - 04:45

VIRGINIA BEACH, March 18 -- More than 7,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Shamrock Marathon Relay, and Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon. After 2017’s mix of rain, snow, and heavy winds, this year’s participants were treated to fair skies throughout the weekend at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Justin King of Indian Trail, North Carolina, won the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon with a finish time of 2:33:40. “The course is great – flat, smooth, nice, and easy,” said King, who finished his 11th marathon at Shamrock this morning. “My father-in-law is from Virginia Beach, so I had to come run this one.”

The winner of the marathon on the women’s side was Tami Ritchie of Clermont, Florida. She broke the tape in 3:02:28.

For the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, Gregory Mariano of Alexandria, Virginia, placed first in 1:08:56. Nicole Dimercurio won the women’s division with a finish time of 1:13:15. It was the Blowing Rock, North Carolina resident’s first time running the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, and she plans to return in the future.

“I happened to feel really good today and pushed the pace a bit. It was windier than I am used to – you get some headwinds, but you also get some great tailwinds,” said Dimercurio. “I’ve had nothing but a great experience here. Every volunteer was more helpful than the last. Everyone was just really nice.”

After crossing the finish line, participants headed to a post-race party on the beach complete with Yuengling beer, Murphy’s Irish stew, and live music.

“This was the 46th annual Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, and it was our best yet. From our volunteers and spectators to our city agencies and community, Virginia Beach really showed off this weekend,” said Jerry Frostick, co-owner of J&A Racing. “The finish line is such an inspiring place to be since we get to celebrate runners and walkers of all ages and abilities as they accomplish their goals.”

Almost 20,000 participants enjoyed the 2018 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, which also included three events on Saturday, March 17: the TowneBank Shamrock 8K, Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile, and Leprechaun Dash. For more information and complete results, visit shamrockmarathon.com.

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 jandaracing.com.

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