This weekend is the Viirginia Beach Shamrock Marathon on March 15 and 16. The race was started in 1973 and many world records have been set during the years. An 8K race is scheduled for Saturday and the 1/2 and full marathons are to be run on Sunday. There are also races for walkers, wheelchairs, and children. Special awards are provided for those entering both the 8K and 1/2 or full marathons and there is a Military Cup and children who have run 25.2 miles at home or school will run the Operation Smile Last Mile. A separate category for team participants is always fun and often runners turn out in some outlandish costumes.
All proceeds of entry fees are donated to various charities including: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training; Operation Smile; The Virginian Pilot Joy Fund providing holiday gifts to needy children; Preston's March for Energy of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation; Mike McGreevy Memorial Scholarship Fund founded in memory of a local Navy Seal killed in Afganistan in 2005; and Soles 4 Souls a worldwide organization that donates footwear to those in need. Various sponsors provide participants with water and energy lifts during the race, and food and beer at the finish.
One guest of Barclay Cottage B&B is running in the 8K on Saturday, and on Sunday five guests are running the 1/2 Marathon and two are running the full Marathon. The innkeepers cheer on their guests, take pictures of them during the race and provide printouts of their official times as soon as results are posted on line. The pictures and times make for interesting discussion during the runners' Mimosa brunch in the Barclay Cottage Great Room after the races.
GO BARCLAY COTTAGE RUNNERS!!
Steve and Marie-Louise LaFond
Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Virginia Beach, Virginia