2017 Locally Created Event
May 18, 2017-VIRGINIA BEACH- The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, hosted by J&A Racing, was recently awarded the 2017 Best Locally Created Event by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission. Beginning in 1972, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon weekend has grown from 2,000 participants, to now being the largest running event in Hampton Roads. In 2003, Jerry and Amy Frostick purchased Shamrock, and subsequently created J&A Racing. Over the past 15 years the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon weekend has grown to become one of the most popular events in the country, attracting 25,000-30,000 participants from all 50 states and several foreign countries.
“We are thrilled to see the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon weekend be recognized by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission,” said Jerry Frostick, co-owner and race director for J&A Racing. “Our goal has always been to offer a world-class race with a hometown feel, and we stay focused on that mission every day. We are lucky to have Hampton Roads as our back drop for all of our races, and love to show off our hometown to race participants that join us from all over the country.”
About J&A Racing
J&A Racing is a nationally recognized race management company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia with a mission to promote and support healthy lifestyles and the sport of running through the development and growth of their running events throughout Hampton Roads. Since 2003 when J&A Racing owners Amy and Jerry Frostick first took over the Shamrock Sportsfest, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend has become one of the most popular events in the country, growing from 3,000 participants to a record 30,000 in 2015. J&A Racing’s portfolio of fun, festive and family oriented events for runners at all stages in life has expanded to include the Halloween themed Anthem Wicked 10K and Old Point National Bank Monster Mile, the Big Blue 5K presented Bon Secours In Motion, the Christmas themed Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 miler, the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K, the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon and We Promise Foundation 5K and the Corporate 5K. For information on all of the J&A Racing events, please visit http://www.jandaracing.com/.