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 18

Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront

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

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!

As you train for Shamrock Marathon race weekend, we challenge you to rally your community and help provide surgeries for Operation Smile’s patients born with cleft lip and cleft palate worldwide.

Whether you are running in the Final Mile, 8k, half marathon, or full marathon, we encourage each runner to set a fundraising goal of at least $240; as each surgery can cost as little as $240, our Miles for Smiles running team has the potential to help many people live healthier and happier lives!

Thanks to everyone for your energy and support, and let’s Shamrock On!

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 Brigette Clifford:

We invite you to walk in our patients’ footsteps and tour The Anthony L. and Hideko S. Burgess Interactive Learning Center at Operation Smile Global Headquarters in Virginia Beach.