Legendary Marathoner Meb Keflezighi Returns to the 2020 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend
September 10, 2019 - VIRGINIA BEACH – J&A Racing announced today that Meb Keflezighi will return for the 48th running of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend. This will be Keflezighi’s second consecutive appearance at the iconic running event in Virginia Beach over St. Paddy’s Day weekend.
“Virginia Beach and J&A Racing is the best,” said Keflezighi. “The community is genuine. You can see the heartbeat of the people that are there and this entire community.”
Keflezighi, the only athlete ever to have won an Olympic medal, the Boston Marathon, and the New York City Marathon, has remained active in the running community since his retirement in 2017. As part of Keflezighi’s 2020 visit to Virginia Beach, he will once again pace the 1:35 time group of runners at the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon providing participants the chance to run with one of America’s greatest distance runners.
“This was a run of a lifetime. It was so fun. I never imagined being able to run an entire half marathon with a legend. I ran a personal best by four minutes with Meb,” said Lauren, a participant in the 2019 Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon.
In addition to pacing on the half marathon course, Keflezighi will make appearances at the Virginia Eye Consultants Shamrock Sports and Fitness Expo, serve as the official starter for all of the races throughout Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, and visit select local elementary schools participating in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile.
“We are ecstatic that Meb will be attending the 48th running of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon weekend. The four-time Olympian is very personable and inspiring.” said Amy Frostick, co-owner of J&A Racing. “Meb has such a great story of success to share with our runners.”
The 2020 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend takes place March 20-22. The event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K, Mile and Dash. For more information or to register, 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 Racing organizes the Anthem Wicked 10K, Old Point National Bank Monster Mile and Mini Monster 1K; the MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K; the Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler; The Neighborhood Harvest Crawlin' Crab Half Marathon & 5K; the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, 10K and We Promise Foundation 5K; and the ADP Corporate 5K. For more information on J&A Racing’s events, visit jandaracing.com.