VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Sunday morning, thousands of runners woke up early and gathered in the dark for the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and Anthem Half Marathon.
“I’m just out here to have a little fun,” said Deanna Eates before the half marathon.
What’s fun about running for hours and hours?
“Just the people, it’s fun being around everyone,” said Eates. “It’s just a lot of fun, a big party.”
The actual after party gets rave reviews from Tim Murray, who has done the Shamrock at least seven times.
“The after party is definitely one of the reasons to come here, it’s a good party,” said Murray. “The bands are excellent, and the beer doesn’t hurt.”
Runners like Murray prefer to earn the reward.
“It feels good that you’re out exercising and doing something good for yourself,” he said.
Murray said he believes the race gets better and better every year. Fortunately, registration for 2015 is already open.