Every March, Operation Smile teams up with J&A Racing to host thousands of elementary school students from all over the Hampton Roads area, gathering at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to run the final mile of the Shamrock Marathon.

The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile is the culmination of an ongoing global education program and a running/walking program for elementary school children. By participating in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile, students learn about the importance of developing lifelong fitness habits as well the impact they can have in bettering the lives of children who are growing up in developing countries with cleft conditions.

What: Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19

Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Here’s the course map!

Visit the J&A Racing website for details and registration.

The only thing more fulfilling than finishing a big race is knowing your run made a big difference in the lives of others – and we invite you to do just that as part of our Miles for Smiles running team!

In honor of Operation Smile’s 40th anniversary, we want to rally 40 runners to race during J&A Racing’s Shamrock Marathon Weekend and raise money for our patients’ care.

As both Operation Smile and J&A Racing are celebrating big milestones in 2022, this is the year for a big goal.

Whether it’s the 8K, half or full marathon, we hope that, through training for these races, we hope each runner can commit to raising $1,000. Ultimately this would total of $40,000 to cover surgeries for our patients with cleft lip and cleft palate in countries where we work.

To register for the race, please visit J&A’s registration page:

Do you have any questions about Operation Smile or the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile?

Would you like to schedule an Operation Smile visit to your school?

Would you like to arrange for your students to visit Operation Smile headquarters?

Please contact Pete Hansen:

Middle school and high school students please
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Here are all of the kits, tools and resources that schools and Final Mile participants can use:

Student Fundraising Sheet

Final Mile Registration