Camp Pendleton hosts thousands of runners for annual Shamrock Marathon

Runners from around the world pass through Camp Pendleton during the 2015 Shamrock Marathon March 22, 2015. Miles 7-9 of the race pass through the installation and employees worked with the City of Virginia Beach to plan and coordinate the race. (Photo by Sgt. Robin Shepherd, Camp Pendleton CTC.)

Runners from around the world pass through Camp Pendleton during the 2015 Shamrock Marathon March 22, 2015. Miles 7-9 of the race pass through the installation and employees worked with the City of Virginia Beach to plan and coordinate the race. (Photo by Sgt. Robin Shepherd, Camp Pendleton CTC.)

CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center hosted miles 7 through 9 of the annual Shamrock Marathon race series March 21-22. The staff at Camp Pendleton worked closely with the community and first responder agencies to support the marathon and associated races.

Camp Pendleton headquarters staff synchronized security and communication operations with the city of Virginia Beach. Staff Sgt. Sheila Johnson worked in the Virginia Beach Emergency Operations Center and Sgt. Robin Shepherd and Pfc. Monica Woodley operated the headquarters station on Camp Pendleton.

Connected to the EOC’s systems, the headquarters staff was in continuous communication and able to monitor in real time the events going on throughout the 26.2 miles of the course.

People from all over the world come to enjoy the Yuengling Marathon, Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, TowneBank 8k and the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile, as well as the Leprechaun Dash.

Sgt. 1st Class Randy Carter, Spc. Martell Cuffee and state employee Jessica Jaunet from Camp Pendleton headquarters completed the half marathon, as well as Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Cirillo and Sgt. 1st Class Holly Harris from the Camp Pendleton-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

The economic impact of the Shamrock Marathon Race Series is $22.3 million in revenue for Hampton Roads and the City of Virginia Beach.

“It is a time honored tradition for Camp Pendleton to host a portion of the course for the Shamrock Marathon Race Series,” said Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, the Camp Pendleton commander. “This annual event is crucial to the local economy and serves as a mechanism for the Virginia National Guard to continue its excellent relationship with the community and ability to seamlessly operate with first responder and public safety agencies.”

Sgt. Robin Shepherd of the Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center contributed to this story

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